First national meeting on bears conservation in Myanmar

On March, 13th 2018 researchers, environmental conservation organizations, international experts and government representatives join forces to share experiences and information related to bears conservation in Myanmar and in Southeast Asia.

Meeting details

Date: 13th March

Time: 09:00 to 17:00

Venue: The Hotel Amara, No. (11), Yarza Thingaha Road, Hotel Zone (1), Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Logistics details

Travel: Participants are requested to arrange their transportation to Nay Pyi Taw.

Accommodation: The Amara Hotel offers a wide range of rooms types. Participants are requested to arrange their stay (if needed) in Nay Pyi Taw.

NB: Travel and accommodation costs for one night will be reimbursed to one speaker for each organization who will communicate his/her interest in presenting data on bears conservation by the 26 of February. Due to the high number of expected speeches, speakers and presentations will be selected according to the relevance to the general topic of the event and to the uniqueness of the proposed subject.

Attendance confirmation by 6th March 2018

Please confirm your attendance to the following contacts  

Lorenzo Gaffi (Wildlife Programme Officer)

Istituto Oikos Myanmar 
Office +95 (0)1 2304476
Mobile +95 (0)9 458974602


Filippo Zibordi (Oikos Wildlife Consultant)

Istituto Oikos Italy 

Any inquiries related to workshop are warmly welcomed. We look forward your valuable participation!

The meeting is organised within the Sunbear project, which aims at promoting the protection of Sunbear and its habitat in Myanmar. The initiative, promoted by Istituto Oikos in partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Rakhine Coastal Region Conservation Association (RCA) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC), is funded by Fondation Segré and Fondation Ensemble.

Find out more about the project!

Meeting flyer

Meeting programme

From Arusha to Chennai: a cultural exchange

Four Maasai women – Esther Yohana, Flora Joel Mollel, Nashilu Mollel, Neema Godbless Laizer – already Marketplace Literacy (MPL) community trainers, were selected to attend the first MPL India immersion conference, from 28th December 2017 to 4th January 2018. They were accompanied by key members of the IMW team – PM Francesca Lucchi, Gender Advisor Esther Laly, MPL Senior Trainer Mary Birdy, and Oikos East Africa Director Ramadhani Kupaza.
The conference – focused on subsistence marketplaces – was aimed at allowing researchers, educators, practitioners, and students to engage directly with urban and rural subsistence marketplaces in communities near Chennai.
This provided a unique opportunity for the Maasai women, who engaged in a South-to-South exchange with Indian women, learning not only about markets but also about the impacts of poverty, literacy and culture on their shared experiences. Thus, rural women from different countries but belonging to similar contexts were able to engage in horizontal communication and reflect on issues in a very powerful way. These included the impacts of socio-economic barriers, the lack of a political voice, and their deteriorated conditions due to climate change.
The experience has reinforced the Maasai women’s self-confidence, providing them with insights and skills which they will reinvest into their community.
The initiative is part of the Investing in Maasai Women project. Find out more!

The treasure of the Quirimbas Archipelago

In the framework of the PHARO project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by Fondation Ensemble, we produced educational panels dedicated to the natural and cultural resources of the Quirimbas Archipelago (Mozambique), an area very rich in biodiversity thanks to its mangrove forests, pristine beach, protected species and marine sanctuaries.

The panels, which will be placed in the Ibo Island, show to turists and local communities the features of this unique place, one of the last natural paradise in the world.

Download the panels here!


MASTER IN Water Sanitation & Hygiene

Sign up for the 10th edition of the Master in WASH organized by the University of Milano Bicocca for future professionals in the management of water resources for sustainable development.

The Master Degree in Water Management of the University of Milan Bicocca is now open for subscriptions. The aim of the Master’s Program is to enable graduates to become future operators that develop and implement projects in all their underlying components: analysis of the existing social and environmental contexts and needs, financial planning, procurement planning, labour relations, monitoring and evaluation, technical and financial reporting.

The course is in English and it is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. It is recommended to those who have a scientific background, but this does not excludes other candidates if motivated to enroll. Admission is based on CVs and  on an interview. Enrollments are  open until 6 October 2017.

For more information visit the web site

"Renewable energy has the potential to unite people"

Steven Vanholme, chief of EKOenergy, tells why the ecolabel chose to support our Energy project, the common strategies and challenges in the field of renewable energy. 

Why do you choose to support Oikos?

EKOenergy is the international ecolabel for electricity. One consumers and sellers use our ecolabel they pay 10 eurocents per MWh to our Climate Fund. We guarantee to consumers that we will use this money for useful renewable energy projects that would not have taken place without the contribution of the fund.

Every 2nd year, we organize a call for projects, and a jury of experts help us to select the best projects. Oikos' project convinced us in many ways. Oikos is an experienced organisation, they work in close cooperation with local stakeholders and they also have the ambition to replicate the project and make things grow.

What can be the common strategy, in the north and in the south of the world, to face up the need of energy?

The common strategy is definitely a rapid switch to renewable energy. Renewable energy is the best (and cheapest) way to drastically reduce the carbon emissions in the north. Renewable energy is also the right choice in the south, where many regions are not connected to the grid and where both sun and wind are abundant.

Renewable energy has the potential to unite people. United in the fight against energy poverty, united in the fight against climate change. And with a positive solution: sun and wind.

What are the innovative things that you found in the Oikos project? Do you think that is possible to spread to other situations?

Bringing renewable energy to schools is a clever way to help spread the message to a large group of people. Not only does it give a lot of young people the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of electricity, it also helps to get them enthusiastic about renewable energy.

Oikos also invests in communication and we hope that this will help to convince more schools to switch to renewable energy.

What do you think about the future of italian market and the precence of EKOenergy in it?

We think the Italian market is not so different from other markets. People are interested in renewable energy, but very few people find the time to actively switch to a renewable energy contract. They are afraid of the administration, or they, mistakenly, think that it will be expensive With EKOenergy, we want to make it easier for consumers to make the switch. We label the best energy contract options on the market. We also make sure that the switch has additional benefits, such as the projects we finance through our Climate Fund.

EKOenergy is a relatively young not for profit project. We encourage all to join strengths with us. Switch to EKOenergy certified electricity, and tell about it to your friends.


Steven Vanholme_interview

Research and cooperation

Oikos and the Politecnico of Milan will join the International Conference on Clean Electrical Power (ICCEP) conference in Santa Margherita Ligure (Italy) on July, 27th-29th by presenting a case study based on an Oikos’ project. Jacopo Barbieri, former PM of our Energy project in Tanzania, will present a scientific paper on Oikos’ activity in the Arusha region, where we work to improve access to electricity in secondary schools through the establishment of a social enterprise in charge of promoting rural electrification.

Study Mission at the Adamello Brenta Nature Park

A second study visit at the Adamello Brenta National Park has just been carried out by the delegation of the project Italy-Turkey cooperation for brown bear conservation. Istituto Oikos staff, together with the Turkish organization Kuzey Doga and some experts from the University of Insubria and the Tourism Faculty of the University of Mugla, Turkey, have shared experiences with the park staff concerning environmental education, scientific research and eco-tourism activities. A great and enriching opportunity for everyone.

Interim Evaluation Workshop & Interim/Final Report training event

Our project team is in Antalya, Turkey, for the 3 day Interim Evaluation Workshop & Interim/Final Report training event organized by the Civil Society Dialogue Programme cofounded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey. The programme has financed 80 projects co-implemented by European and Turkish partners investing 11.000.000 € and around 200 people are participating to the event. Among the 15 projects presented by European organization there is our “Italy – Turkey Cooperation for Brown Bear Conservation”. Scope of our project is to increase awareness raising on environmental protection and exchange best practices for good management of brown bear populations in Italy and Turkey.

70 Days in Bo Cho Island

“At dusk the horizon in the Andaman See goes green. It’s because of the fluorescent lights of dozens of fishing boats, which go hunting in groups for ‘gamon’, squids. It rains and we are soaking in salt and freshwater. We try our best to find shelter on the wooden benches of the long tail boat. As we sit confused among the faces of foreign men and women, we keep silent, but our eyes betray our real feelings: excitement and uncertainty go hand in hand. Bo Cho Island, a remote little island in Southern Myanmar, is our destination, and for the next six months it will also be our home.”

These are the first words of the travel diary of Diego and Gabriella, Oikos first volunteers taking part to the mission in Lampi Marine National Park, in Myanmar, where we have been working since 2007 to promote the conservation of the area as well as forms of responsible tourism  in close collaboration with local communities.

Today we release the first chapter of the story of an experience that will last six months and which sees them engaged in English classes, training courses for tourist guides, experimental recycling operations and waste collection campaigns. Their journey will finish at the end of March 2017.

Read the full story!

70 days in Bo Cho Island

Mkuru Training Camp has proven again to be the ideal place for advanced conservation training programs

From the 4th to the 10th of December 2016 Mkuru Training Camp has hosted 25 international researchers and conservationists who joined Dr Len Thomas, a statistician based in the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling and School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews, to learn about distance sampling, a widely used group of closely related methods for estimating the density and/or abundance of populations. The course was supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and was facilitated by the Tanzania Conservation Resource Centre.
The 6-day workshop involved practical field exercises and class work, taking the students from basic concepts to design and analysis of a complete survey. It was an intense course, students reported, but extremely important for anyone working in the field of conservation of natural resources. Dr Len Thomas, is an enthusiastic, entertaining educator who was able to simplify a complex language and condense a huge amount of information in a handful of days.
At the end of the course, participants were asked a written feedback on the course and the services, both the educators and the hosts were very happy to hear an enthusiastic response from the participants.
It was a very good end of the year, Mkuru’s location and warm hospitality works for communities and international teams alike. Hongera sana (congratulations) to our colleagues!

Happy birthday Oikos!

Twenty years for the environment and for the promotion of a sustainable development in Global North and Global South. Since 1996 Oikos has been working in Italy, Europe and developing countries with one goal: to contribute to preserving ecosystems and supporting development of local communities. Today, we would like to share this important moment with all the people that, throughout this years, contributed to the growth and successes of our organization.
Save the date: Wednesday, 23rd of November, h 7 pm, Hotel Milano Scala (via dell’Orso 7, Milano). We will offer organic food and drinks to our friends and supporters in an amazing green location in Brera neighborhood.
It will give us the opportunity to travel through again the Oikos’ history and the one of the projects that involved in 20 years hundreds of thousands of people and some of the most endangered areas of the planet. During the evening it will be possible to support our activities, in order to keep growing the dream of a world in which ecology, economy and equity come together to reconcile the needs of man and the environment.
Watch the video of our president that invites all of you from the field!

It is necessary to confirm your participation by sending an e-mail to or by calling 02-21597581.
Thank you all from the Oikos’ staff!

Forum-theatre in Mozambique

How can we speak about illegal fishing and lack of waste management to the communities of Ibo District, located within Quirimbas National Park? The answer is forum-theatre, a format which mixes the play with frequent interactions with the public, through questions and provocations.

The first tour of the Culamuca Theatre Company has just closed, touring the schools of the Ibo District with 8 encore performances, from June to October 2016, and involving 100 people on each date. The play is divided in two acts and focuses on three of the main issues of the area: open pit latrines, illegal fishing and lack of waste management, with special attention to the socio-economic consequences that these bad practices imply. All these problems had been identified by the local communities visited in February 2016 and were then approved by the Provincial Directorate of Environment.

The initiative is part of PHARO project, which aims to promote a more conscientious and sustainable use of natural resources by investing in the development opportunities offered by ecotourism, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Fondation Ensemble.
Watch an excerpt from the work done by the Culamuca Theatre Company!

Maasai women art: the new collection

The new jewelry collection for the 10th anniversary of Tanzania Maasai Women Art, women cooperative created within an Oikos’ project and now and independent enterprise, has been launched!

It includes a brand new range of marvelous designs and a selection of some former creations. The new catalogue with its great variety of designs will appeal to all tastes. Check it out! 

10th Anniversary MWA collection

A Turkish delegation visits the Adamello Brenta Nature Park

study visit in the largest protected area of Trentino Region was conducted between 27 and 29 June 2016. The mission focused on the management of brown bear populations and sharing good practices in ecotourism with representatives from Sarikamis region, in Turkey. This activity is part of “Italy-Turkey cooperation for brown bear conservation”, an EU funded project aimed at supporting the sharing of knowledge and expertise between EU and Turkish stakeholders regarding natural resource management and promote the adoption of best practices in the management of brown bear populations through study visits, workshops, technical meetings and capacity building.
Oikos’ staff, together with members of KuzeyDoğa Dernegi – partner of the project – a delegate of the Turkish Ministry of Forests and a delegate of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism participated to several meetings with the park rangers and the Province of Trento to evaluate how to promote sustainable tourism activities in the Sarikamis region. Besides, technical meetings on brown bear management and monitoring procedures were conducted, aimed at how to make this resource a key element in the promotion of a tourism that cares about the conservation of an endangered species.
Find out more about the project!

From elephants to women’s empowerment: the story of the birth of Istituto Oikos told by its president

Istituto Oikos’ story in Tanzania starts with elephants’ migratory roots in Tarangire’s National Park, in the lands burnt by the sun right below the Equator.
In June 1996, a group of young zoologists dreaming about Africa arrived in Tanzania with a clear goal in mind: to apply the tools of management and monitoring of the Alps’ fauna to wild African fauna. During the study we tested, for the first time, the system of radiocollars applied to elephants. It has been a demanding, dangerous and thorny operation but we managed to bring it to its final success. Moreover, we also succeeded in vouching for poaching, a widely spread indiscriminate practice in the country.
You never know what to expect from an elephant: everything can happen. This is well known by local communities who, on one side hunt them while on the other side are even more scared than us. At the same time, the intimacy that they have is amazing: during one of the monitorings, I remember feeling the ground trumbling beneath my feet. I turned and saw two giants running away from two kids who were wildly clapping their hands and stamping their feet. Behind that unruffled and majestic look, elephants hide an unpredictable nature.
Across the years, Oikos has specialized in several sectors of intervention: territorial requalification, faunistic monitoring, support to small agricultures and fishing activities in the Southern part of the world, renewable energies’ promotion, environmental education campaigns for Italian, European and developing countries’ students and citizens. One of the themes we care the most about is women empowerment. Since the beginning of our adventure in Tanzania, we focused on trying to ameliorate the living conditions of those women who were vulnerable, without rights, capital or working perspectives.
Twenty years ago, women from Mkuru, a village located in the region of Arusha (in the Northern area of Tanzania), dedicated only to one single activity: cutting down trees for the production of charcoal slack. We organized a meeting to explain them how this activity was damaging both them and the environment they were living in. “What if we help you selling Maasai traditional jewelry? Would you abandon this activity?” we asked fifty disoriented women. This sentence was enough for 100 hands to start clapping happily; “We’re in!” they screamed, happy to finally be able to have a hope.
Since that day on, still today, we have been working together with local women to help them building a better future for them and their families. Oikos, firmly convinced that a careful and sustainable management of natural resources is the basis for every process of development, is trying to show them the best solutions for ancient traditions and socio-economic development to blend.
Starting small social businesses, vocational trainings, campaigns for women’s rights and better nutrition. There are several ways, but a single common goal: helping women to gain economic independence and support them in the affirmation of their role as mothers, daughters, entrepreneurs, environment’s guardians and change’s promoters.

A successful partnership

We have recently been mentioned in the magazine “Note di fabrica” by Holcim Italia, the company which decided to support our project Wet-bridge for the protection of humid areas in Varese’s surroundings with an important donation. Read more about our partnership in the section of Corporate social responsibility!
The partnership between Holcim Italia- Italian Group Company held by Lafarge Holcim Ltd- and Istituto Oikos started about two years ago with the project “Cambia il Clima”, an awareness and education campaign for students and citizens about climate change. Today, Holcim contributes to the creation of educational tools and business volounteering activities in the context of Wet-bridge project. Find out more about the project!

A new contribution for clean energy in Tanzania’s Secondary Schools!

EKOenergy, an international network of environmental organization engaged in the promotion of renewable and energies, has just donated 30.000 euros to the “Solar Utility for off grid electricity services” project. Within this initiative, begun in May 2015, we are working on the installation of PV systems in 20 secondary schools in the Arusha Region, in Northern Tanzania. Ekoenergy’s donation will allow us to intervene with greater efficacy in the schools involved, with a one aim: to improve quality of education and teaching for 15.000 students and reduce the gap between rural and urban communities.

Discovering Lampi: the documentary is now online!

Welcome in a place very rich in biodiversity (with over 1,000 recorded species), with evergreen and mangrove forests, rivers, freshwater sources, sandy beaches and coral reefs. Welcome to the “Mother island” of the Moken, the “sea gypsies”, whose livelihood are threatened because of the deterioration of natural resources. Istituto Oikos has been working in Lampi Marine National Park, the only marine national park in Myanmar, since 2006, with projects aiming to promote the conservation and sustainable management of this protected area, involving local communities in the ecotourism development. Discovering Lampi Marine National Park documentary has been produced in the framework of the COAST project in order to show through images and interviews how Oikos is trying to change things. Watch the video!

“Profession: Tourism”!

The third year of the Profissao Turismo project has just ended: here are the activities we implemented up to now in order to strengthen the skills of Cabo Delgado’s population in the touristic sector.
New curricula and manuals for community level courses were prepared throughout the year and previously prepared manuals were revised and re-printed for courses repetition. 9 courses were implemented up to now in Pemba and Ibo, training a total of 300 students.
The Catholic University of Mozambique (UCM) was accompanied for the whole year in the process of tourism courses’ improvement, and the number of students has increased thanks to the sponsoring of the image of UCM; a new professional course in Tourism management was introduced in March 2015, considered by professors and students to be the most successful innovation of the year.
We also started a collaboration with the Vocational Training Centre in Hospitality in Casargo-Italy, a secondary level institute really similar to IICP in contents and educational level. After the training period of two IICP professors in Casargo, collaboration between the two institutions continued throughout the year, with the collaboration and supervision of Oikos.
Find out more about the project’s goals and activities here!

Lupus in Fabula

In Gravedona ed Uniti (Como Lake) an event dedicated to the return of the wolf in the Alps of the Lombardy region. Biology, ecology and curiosities about a predator in expansion, to understand this phenomenon without prejudices.

FRIDAY 22 January 2016 at 8.30pm at the Multipurpose Center – common of Gravedona ed Uniti

RELATORS: Eugenio Carlini (Istituto Oikos); Adriano Martinoli (University of Insubria)

This event is organized in collaboration with the project Not Just Lake, financed by Cariplo Foundation and realized by Oikos, and the project LifeWolfAlps.

Click here to download the brochure of the event Lupus in Fabula.

Istituto Oikos and Holcim (Italy) togheter for the protection of biodiversity

Holcim (Italy), an Italian group company of LafargeHolcim Ltd, a leader enterprise for cement, aggregates and concrete, decided to contribute to the conservation of one of the most fragile and at the same time one of the richest ecosystems in Lombardy: 9 wetlands in the Varese Province, placed between the rivers Ticino and Olona.
The company renew its engagement in the protection of the environment by choosing to sustain the “Wet bridge” project, promoted by IstitutoOikos which aims at restoring and valorizing 9 wetlands of the Lombardy plain to connect the animal and vegetal species and guarantee their survival.

The collaboration between Holcim (Italy) and Oikos Institute started two years ago with the project “Change the Climate”, an awareness raising and education campaign on climate change that aims at encouraging practices of active citizenship and the adoption of a sustainable lifestyle.
In 2015-2016 the focus is the support of the project Wet Bridge, through a contribute for the realization of educational tools  and activities of corporate volunteering – already tested in the past months – in a program of fauna monitoring to observe the invertebrates which live in the wetlands involved in the project.

To learn more about this project click here!

The partnership between UCM and IULM has started

A delegation of the IULM university has left today, November 22nd, 2015. Professor Angelo Turco and Dr Annarita Esposito are going to stay in Pemba, Cabo Delgado Province, until December, 7th, in order to lay the foundations of the partnership between Universidade Catolica de Moçambique (UCM) and IULM University.
The aim of the mission is to elaborate a curriculum coherent with the needs of the local and national tourism development, to design didactic materials as supporting tools to be used by UCM professors in touristic sector, to develop a project to enable the transfer of contents to UCM professors and to figure out the best strategies to make the educational material accessible and functional to students; to provide a document which outlines the branding strategy to be adopted for the promotion of UCM courses.
These activities are realized in the framework of the Profissao Turismo project, implemented by Oikos, aiming at offering to the local communities of Cabo Delgado an effective training in the touristic sector, the most promising opportunity for local economic, social and cultural development.
Learn more about the project!

Women for Expo honours Istituto Oikos: in August, from 9th to 14th the Maasai Women Art project on view in Expo’s Italia Pavillon

A video that shows the story of the cooperative and the exhibition of the MWA jewels: the Maasai women company will have a space at Expo2015 for one week in August, from 9th to 14th .
MWA was born in 2006 thanks to an Oikos’ project, that improved the living conditions of 200 Maasai women of Mkuru, in Northern Tanzania, supporting them in the establishment of a cooperative that produces traditional handmade beads.
In collaboration with IED and Francesca Torri Soldini, MWA launches every year a new collection which combines Maasai traditions and Western taste. The revenues guarantee an income for the women, and this allows them to stop cutting trees to sell charcoal, an illegal and damaging activity for the health and the environment.
MWA is now an independent women company that sells and exports jewels in many countries. Oikos supports the sales in Italy, and it is also possible to buy the jewels on the website or through Cetacea service.

Watch the video on the Maasai Women Art’s story!

Renewable energy in the school

The “Energy Hub” inverter prototype, device that uses different sources of renewable energy, has just been realized by the Energy4Growing research group.  It is made of renewable energies specialists and it was born in the University of Politecnico’s Energy Department to find energy solutions based on on-grid and off-grid systems. Is now going in Tanzania: Oikos, with Politecnico, is managing the installation in Arusha’s Ngarenanyuki secondary school, in the northern of the country.

The inverter has been developed in the context of the “5x1000 Polisocial Energy4Growing” project, of which Oikos is partner and promoted by Politecnico’s Energy Department. After this test, will follow an “open source” publication of the outcome achieved to share the experience and promote useful solutions to the electrification in the developing countries.

Read more about the initiative and follow the progress of the work on the project’s facebook page!

January, 29th: Themi Living Garden's inauguration day

Only 3 days left to the inauguration of Themi Living Garden: January, 29th local authorities will welcome the first Arusha’s edible garden, in northern Tanzania. It’s an experiment of urban agriculture which combine training, social and commercial aspects and it’s part of S.A.F.E. Gardens project, promoted and realized by our organization.
In addition to the local authorities, will be attending the Civica Scuola di Cinema of Milan, women groups involved in the project and the students of Arusha’s secondary schools.

Look at the gallery here

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Safe Gardens art project, blog for the Arusha's schools

Safe Gardens art project”, the blog by Erica Boito, voluntary for Oikos East Africa in Tanzania within the European Voluntary Service , is now online.
This is a portal for all the users who want to stay up to date on the progress of the project S.A.F.E. Gardens - Sustainable Actions For Edible Gardens, dedicated to the students of the Arusha’s schools, in northern Tanzania.
The initiative, promoted by Oikos and funded by the Milano Municipality, allowed the creation of Themi Living Garden, a pilot experiment of urban agriculture combining educational, social and commercial components. Art plays a primary role, as an effective medium to explore environment and produce narratives that involve actively the local communities.
This is demonstrated by one of the workshops of the art project and focused on the themes of food, environment and the concept of indigenous: “Indigenous Species’ Portraits”, realized with Olorieni Secondary School, is an artistic exploration and description of some of the most interesting local edible species. Focus of the workshop is to give back value to indigenous plants often treated as “weeds” (like African Nightshade, African Spider Flower e Jute Mallow), but instead have a high nutritional value, contribute to environment protection and to economic empowerment of local farmers.
The students of Olorieni Secondary School are working to indigenous species’ portraits, and soon we’ll see them on Erica’s blog.
To read more:

Arts, education and food security for Masaai women

It took seven years to significantly improve the living conditions of women in the village of Mkuru, in northern Tanzania. Maasai Women Art project supported the process of integration and fight against poverty among Masaai women. Istituto Oikos, fron 2007 to 2009, promoted in Mkuru literacy courses, seminars for craft production improvement and diversification and meetings aimed at strengthening women's entrepreneurship.

The women's group involved in the project has quickly turned into a co-operative, and production of handmade jewelry is self-sustained since five years: small business continues to expand, reaching countries such as South Africa, Scandinavia, Australia, Canada, Italy and Switzerland, the first country of export, with the Goods Fair GmBH.

The next date to purchase jewelry of Masai women is 16th and 17th November, at Arusha Xmas Fair.

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Be the change you want to see in the world! Ecovolunteers in the savannah

The Italian NGO Istituto Oikos, which is working in northern Tanzania since 1998 implementing cooperation programs to protect natural resources and promote socio-economic development, is looking for volunteers willing to support the organization’s activities in the rural schools of the Arumeru District and eager to discover the everyday life of the Maasai community. .
Volunteers will help Oikos’s staff in monitoring the children’s nutritional status in twelve schools and they will contribute to the realization and maintenance of fruit and vegetable gardens with the aim of improving the students’ food security. Participants will also have the chance to learn more about the Maasai culture and traditions and to explore one of the richest and most fascinating natural environments in Africa, the Meru-Kilimanjaro ecosystem
The stay also includes a visit to the Arusha National Park, hikes and camel trekking.
Were you waiting to find the right volunteering opportunity?
Don’t miss this chance and join us!
Get in touch with us for more information:
Departure options:
1-15 November; 16 November – 30 November
On demand, volunteers can join the program for the full months of November.


Sea Gypsies: watch the video

The reporter Giovanni Porzio, through pictures and words, tells the story of the mysterious inhabitants of the Lampi archipelago (Myanmar), where Istituto Oikos is working since 2007.

To watch the video CLICK HERE.
To learn more about Oikos’ projects in Myanmar CLICK HERE.


To highlight the importance of family farming in improving food sovereignty and preserving natural resources, 2014 has been declared  by United Nations the International Year of Family Farming. Family farming, environmental sustainability, food sovereignty in developing countries are some of the subjects of the seminar that will be held the 12th of February at State University of Milan. The handbook “Family farming in Africa. Overview of Good Agricultural Practices in sub-Saharan Africa”, which reports the results of a study conducted by the university researchers Sara Costa, G. Matteo Corvetto and Stefano Bocchi, will be presented. The aim of the research was to understand which are the successful strategies adopted by farmers in isolated rural areas of Tanzania, Mozambico and Kenya, to fight poverty, address food sovereignty and preserve the environment. The handbook has been realized by the University of Milan in behalf of Istituto Oikos in the framework of the FOOD WE WANT campaign. The seminar speakers will be the handbook’s authors; Rossella Rossi (President of Istituto Oikos), Professor Claudia Sorlini and Fidez Marzi (General Director of Dukorere Hamwe).

For further information on the seminar, please download the program:

Seminar Program

Maasai Women Art at l’ARTIGIANATO IN FIERA

This year for the first time Tanzania Maasai Women collection will be present at L’ARTIGIANATO IN FIERA in Milan, Italy. The jewelries will be sold at the Pavillon 10 Stand V141.

Do not miss the opportunity to chose a perfect and unique Christmas presents and support the Maasai women communities in Northern Tanzania.

Milan 30th November – 8th December
Fiera Milano Spa -Rho Milan Italy

Open position in Mozambique / ANUNCIO DE VAGAS EM MOÇAMBIQUE

Oikos está a procura de Pedagogo. CLIQUE AQUI para ler os TdR.


Invitation to tender for pipesand fittings forImproving water and sanitation access and hygiene standards to achieve the MDGs in Arusha Region, Tanzania”


ISTITUTO OIKOS has received the grant from the EU for the implementation of the action entitled “Improving Water and Sanitation access and Hygiene standards to achieve the MDGs in Arusha Region, Tanzania” contract n. EU/EDF FED/2011/260-271, and intends to apply a portion of that grant  to purchase pipes and fittings. For this Istituto Oikos is inviting interested suppliers to submit offers regarding the followings lots:

LOT 1: HDPE pipes (diameters between D32-D110) and PVC-U pipes (diameters D110)

LOT 2: HDPE fittings (Clamp Saddle, Coupling, Female and Male threaded adapter, Reducing coupling) and PVC fittings (flange socket)

Materials must be delivered to Kingori and Leguruki Ward, Meru District Arusha Region, Tanzania

Interested suppliers are invited to submit a bit according to parameters contained in the documentation here attached:

Tender dossier:

  1. Instructions to tenderers
  2. Draft contract and special conditions
  3. Further information (administrative compliance grid and evaluation grid)

Tender form for a supply contract and other forms and annexes


The tender dossier and documentation can be requested by mail or email to


Istituto Oikos Onlus
Via Crescenzago 1, 20134 Milan, Italy


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Un Maggio di eventi per Expo dei Popoli

Expo dei Popoli è un coordinamento di Ong, associazioni, reti della società civile italiana e internazionale che lavora insieme per la realizzazione del Forum dei Popoli in programma per il 2015 a Milano, in concomitanza con gli eventi dell’esposizione universale – Expo 2015.

Istituto Oikos è una delle molte ONG milanesi che aderisce all’iniziativa.

A Maggio, Expo dei Popoli patrocinerà' alcuni importanti eventi e iniziative a Milano e non solo, tra i quali gli Expo Days, organizzati dal Comune di Milano in collaborazione con Expo 2015 SpA.

Visita il sito di Expo dei popoli e scopri tutti gli eventi del mese.

Il soci promotori e sottoscrittori del Comitato Expo dei Popoli sono:


Per informazioni e contatti:

Segreteria Comitato Expo dei Popoli

Cristina Sossan cell. 3290299991,

Myanmar Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry visits Oikos’ project

The 7th and 8th of January seven members of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF), including the Minister U Win Htun, visited the Lampi National Marine Reserve with Istituto Oikos’ staff.

The visit represented an opportunity for the delegation to get to know the park and to gain a deeper understanding of Oikos’ activities in the area, to evaluate the park’s potential touristic development and to get in touch with local authorities in order to strengthen the MOECAF engagement in the conservation of the protected area.

The Lampi National Marine Reserve is located in the Myek archipelago, in an area of great interest both from the cultural and environmental perspectives and still unexploited by the tourism industry. Lampi islands are covered with dense tropical rainforest, with mangrove forests of rare beauty and dimensions along rivers and springs and with casuarina forests along the coast, that support a high level of biodiversity. The park is characterized by the presence, among others, of Moken people or sea gypsies, a disadvantaged ethnic minority that is gradually disappearing.

Until recently, however, the park existed only on paper: the complete lack of funds for its protection and the resulting lack of staff for patrolling activities caused the proliferation of illegal activities, such as dynamite fishing, tree cutting and hunting, that severely damaged the natural environmental – the coral reef in particular.   

As you look at the rainforest, at the large, empty beaches, at the transparent water speckled with the wooden boats of the fishermen you would think at Lampi as a perfect and secret heaven, while everyone’s survival – man, animals and plants – is possible only thanks to a fragile balance, which is constantly threatened by complex and tangled problems. Most of the inhabitants of the islands, in the proximity and within the park, live in villages that are not recognized by the government and are thus illegal, have mixed ethnic background and have no identification documents. The growing openness of Myanmar to tourism is attracting foreign investors that are little concerned about environmental conservation. The ministries of tourism, fisheries and environment struggle in communicating and in developing shared and effective actions.

Since three years ago Oikos is engaged in developing strategies for the park’s protection through research and training activities, working side by side with the local people and aiming at including them in the process of finding innovative solutions for a sustainable and inclusive development of the area. However, the formal, economic and logistic support of the government is crucial to successful reach this goal.

The MOECAF delegation visit, from this point of view, represented a turning point. After visiting the park and listening to the presentation of Oikos’s projects in the area, the Minister made some important statements, showing the clear intention of his department to develop strategies of conservation and touristic development of the park in collaboration with the civil society and the local communities. The existing villages within the protected area will be allowed to stay, 5 rangers (2 are already on site) and a boat will be assigned to the park for monitoring activities and constructions permits limitations will be imposed in some areas.

However, to guarantee to this piece of land a development in harmony with nature there is still a long and challenging way to go. For Oikos the next step will be to work on education and training to increase local people’s awareness of the importance of using sustainable fishing techniques, of solid waste disposal and of the management of water resources, while continuing multi stakeholders consultations to design shared tourism development strategies.


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Istituto Oikos, in the framework of Food We Want, a project funded by the European Union, launches The Food We Want media contest to support young talents in the field of social and environmental communication.  

If you have between 18 and 26 years old you can win a 3.750 Euro sponsorship for a paid internship or for a professional course in the communication sector.

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Maasai Women Art Newsletter

Read the November Maasai Women Art newsletter! From Tanzania news of the influence from Italy, Russia, China and Switzerland that are behind the stunning designs for TMWA Collection 2013.

Newsletter Nov 2012

Opening of the "Guido Tosi" lecture room

The President of the Varese Province Dario Galli and the Councillor for Agriculture Faunal Management Commerce Bruno Specchiarelli invite all the people that have known and appriciated prof. Tosi and his work to join the opening of the LECTURE ROOM "GUIDO TOSI", that will take place the 16th of NOVEMBER 2012 at 10.30 am at the Varese Province, in Viale Ippodromo, 9 - Varese.



Ore 11.00 11.15 - Silvano Toso, Direttore dell'Istituto Superiore per le Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale "LE ATTIVITÀ DI TOSI NEL CONTESTO DELLA GESTIONE FAUNISTICA"


Ore 11.30 11.45 - Adriano Martinoli, Università degli Studi dell'Insubria Dipartimento di Scienze Teoriche e Applicate Unità di Analisi e Gestione delle Risorse Ambientali, Guido Tosi Research group "TOSI E LE ATTIVITÀ DI RICERCA E RICERCA APPLICATA ALL'UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DELL'INSUBRIA"


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Community-led environmental protection

Climate change, drought and population growth have compromised the ecological balance of the steppe of Northern Tanzania. The local Maasai pastoralist community is dependent on local environmental resources and highly vulnerable to their degradation.
As part of the Terra project, on 19th – 20th January the Training on Livestock Density Assessment (Distant Sampling Method) took place at Mkuru Training Camp. Scientific Expert Howard Frederick and Community Development Officer Kone Supuk led the training, and 11 local resource assessors took part.
The training was the result of year-long efforts aimed at enhancing technical expertise and community engagement. Throughout 2017, a team led by Ecological Monitoring Advisor Paolo Pasquariello has been testing a range of ecological monitoring methods on the ground, assessing various methodologies of data gathering and gradually involving the local population through a constant community work. By enabling local communities to become independent in ecological monitoring, to measure the pressures on their surrounding environment and to protect its resources, it allows them to take an active part in the process of protecting the biodiversity of this fragile environment.
The initiative is part of the Terra project, funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation. Find out more about the project!

A centre for natural leather production at the foot of Mount Meru

On 6th December OEA celebrated the opening of a new Centre for natural leather production in the village of Baraka (Monduli District, Northern Tanzania).
This has been on ongoing process since the training held in spring this year, which was aimed at improving the leather manufacturing technical skills of a group of 25 women of the Maasai community, enhancing their manual abilities. Both the Maasai community of Baraka and local authorities have shown great interest in this sector’s potential in terms of social and economic development. Thus, we have decided to invest in green and women-led micro-businesses, and to dedicate further resources to the opening of a workshop for vegetable tanning and for the production of leather accessories, providing a sustainable economic alternative for the entire Maasai community.
The inauguration of the centre was attended by key officials (at village, ward and district level), Oikos' staff and trainers from TRIAS. Gabriel Mollel, an expert leather artisan, showed the workshop’s rooms, the final products manufactured by other leather groups (key-holders, bracelets, wallets, belts, bags), and gave a brief outline of the production process, which uses natural products only.
This initiative is part of the Investing in Maasai Women project, which aims at enhancing the role of Maasai women in pastoral communities in Northern Tanzania, through professional training, the improvement of social services and local economic development.

Environmental education handbooks for students and teachers

In collaboration with Eco Mozambique and the Quirimbas National Park, Oikos produced an handbook for Mozambican primary schools students and another one for teachers. It analyzes subjects connected to environmental and local ecosystems protection: a precious resource which is based on a very delicate balance. It is a very practical tool, useful to understand what everyone can do in his/her own little way, to protect the environment we all live in. The two handbooks, available at this link for free, include the first elements of environmental education – biodiversity, ecosystems, food chain –, in-depth analysis on causes and effects of climate change and a chapter of suggestions and practical exercises. The publications, produced within the PHARO project, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Fondation Ensemble, were realized through a participatory process involving the whole school institution, from teachers to headmasters, that led to a first important result: 10 schools in the Quirimbas archipelago included the manual in their curricula, thus confirming the importance of environmental education as a permanent school subject.

Find more about the project!

A successful partnership for sustainable development

Arusha's Regional Administrative Secretary Mr. Richard Kwitega, along with Ms. Anna Scola, meets in his office the Oikos delegation from Italy, visiting Tanzania in these days. The purpose of the mission, organized in the framework of the Ecoboma and TERRA projects, is to study the leather market in the North of the country, the product design and the way to improve it. Oikos is exploring the possibility of creating micro tanneries and defining a management model, that will be entrusted to a group of Maasai women in the Arusha Region.

Mr. Kwitega has given full support to the ongoing mission, underlining the Region's great interest in the development of the leather sector. He also complimented Oikos for the efforts to support the Arusha Region in various areas, from climate change to environmental conservation, from empowerment of women to WASH and energy sector.

Giorgio Colombo, Country Director; Elena Sofia Vercillo, Mission Coordinator; Dario Sbrocca, TERRA Project Manager; Marina Spadafora, expert in ethical fashion; Jordan Stone, internationally renowned film director; Vittorio Rinaldi, social business expert; Maurizio Sabatini and Marco Castellacci from “Newport”, an historic Tuscan tannery were present.

This meeting gave Oikos the opportunity to invite the Regional Administrative Secretary to the official launch of the TERRA project, which will be held in early August in Arusha.

Find out more about Ecoboma and TERRA projects! 

Clean energy among the school desks: an infographic tells

An infographic shows the results of our project to improve educational standards and reduce the gap between rural and urban communities n the Arusha region, Tanzania.

Thanks to this project, photovoltaic systems have been installed in Mkuru Training Camp - our research and training centre - and in 14 schools; 10 of them have tablets, projectors and internet as well. 12,500 students (300 of them involved in trainings on topics related to renewable energies) can rely on safe lighting in classes and in dormitories. In the 14 schools electricity is now available 24/7.
An innovative social enterprise - Solar wave - supporting the schools in the management and maintenance of the PV system has been established.
Check out the infographic!


The Atlas of Africa energy resources has been published

According to the Atlas of Africa energy resources, presented on May, 4th during the World Economic Forum in Durban, South Africa, in Africa one person out of three does not have electricity access. The Atlas, published by the UN Environment in collaboration with the African Development Bank, is an important policy guide for African governments. The goal is providing Africa’s population with access to reliable, affordable and modern energy services within 2025, in line with the sustainable development goal n. 7. 
Click here to download the Atlas!

Workshop about the brown bear management on the Alps, the Dinaric Mountains and beyond

A meeting of bear experts following the projects Dinalp Bear and Italy-Turkey cooperation for brown bear conservation took place on the 6th and 7th February 2017.
More than 40 experts from Italy, Austria, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Turkey carried out a discussion – hosted within the fantastic Venetian scenery ready for the well-known carnival – on status and problems relating to the presence of the brown bear in their own countries. The meeting was divided in two sessions: during the first one, each country presented its own situation, highlighting critical aspects in order to share the experience acquired with the participants. The second session instead, saw the representatives of Dinalp Bear project discussing the first draft of the Guidelines for the shared management of the brown bear on the Alps and in the Dinaric region. This part of the meeting was a useful opportunity for Turkish representatives too, who took part in an important discussion that could be replicated, with the necessary changes, in their country as well.

A bear year for Istituto Oikos

Two ongoing projects and a solid partnership with many entities involved in bear management on the Alps and abroad. This is the result of 2016 final balance for Istituto Oikos, who has been promoting a cooperation project between Italy and Turkey on the conservation of the brown bear (ursus arctos) as well as an articulated initiative aiming at the conservation of the Sun Bear in Myanmar.
The objective of the first project is to support the exchange of knowledge and experience between Europe – in this case the Central Alps, where the bear has successfully been reintroduced also thanks to Istituto Oikos’s contribution over the past few years – and Turkey, on the correct management of natural resources, promoting the adoption of good practices while managing big carnivorous. Since February 2015 – when the project was launched - two study visits and several technical meetings have already taken place, together with dissemination activities in the most eastern part of Anatolia (TR). The initiative was funded by the European Union and The Republic of Turkey.
The second project, in a four-year-run, intends to acquire knowledge and promote the protection of a seriously endangered species at a global level, the Sun Bear. In order to boost its protection Istituto Oikos, together with the project partners, has defined a series of analysis, which allow to understand the spread of the species in the two project areas in Sagaing and Rakhine, Myanmar, and contemporarily to promote sustainable and community-based management of the forest habitat where the bear lives. The initiative is funded by Fondazione Segré.
Istituto Oikos has been engaged in the conservation of large alpine carnivorous since its origins, was an essential part of project Life Ursus in the first years of 2000, and has been providing consultancy to the Lombardy Region for many years on issues related to bears and wolfs. Now the organization is making its competencies available hoping to provide a knowledge base from which to draw useful inputs for the safeguard of biodiversity also within contexts far from Italy.

Creative tools to talk to teenagers about climate change

How could we bring the debate on environmental sustainability among students? In order to win this challenge Istituto Oikos, in partnership with 12 other European NGOs involved in the S.A.M.E. World project, has come up with many initiatives and activities that should draw students closer to complex but relevant issues– climate change, environmental migrations, environmental justice – and provide professors with useful tools to address these topics during lessons.

The SAME World Edukit is an online and free multimedia kit aimed at dealing with  crucial project topics. Designed by a multidisciplinary team of experts – from Geography to Sociology, from Economy to Ecology – it is available in 11 languages and contains not only in-depth analysis divided by topic and unit, but also several role play options, Math’s exercises and creative workshops to use with students.

Starting from November 2016, we have activated a series of blended courses, composed of face to face lessons and online modules aimed at secondary and high school professors. “Active citizenship: from theory to practice” is the title of the cycle of meetings currently taking place, promoted by Istituto Oikos and offered by a MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research) accredited body.

During the academic year 2015/2016, we worked together with some schools in Lombardy region on the topics of climate change (even though workshops have been promoted contemporarily in other 10 countries). The educational workshop “Domino Effect” is made up of theoretic lessons and practical experiments to help students to understand what are the negative effects of global warming and the irreparable consequences that this could bring about on our planet if we don’t reverse this trend. In October 2016 a new series of workshops was launched in the schools of Lombardy.

Since we know how complex topics such as environmental justice and environmental racism might be, we have decided to talk about them with students through theatre, a timeless tool to understand the world and address fundamental issues in a straight-forward and understandable way. “In alto mare – Deep Water” is the title of the play which, through an original mix of irony and scientific storytelling, promotes a critical reflection about our day to day choices and their consequences on our planet. In Lombardy alone, the play was seen by 1,500 students, but it  was also performed in 10 other European countries.

Over the next few months we will launch two other innovative and important activities: an educational game aimed at young people between 14 and 19 years old, which will allow to understand the environmental impact of our daily choices in an engaging way, and an online observatory, where students will be able to discuss about cases of environmental justice.

These initiatives are part of the S.A.M.E World project - Sustainability, Awareness, Mobilization, Environment – funded by the European Union and promoted by 13 nonprofit organizations in order to raise European citizens’ awareness, with specific focus on students and teachers, about the need to adopt a sustainable lifestyle. Find out more on the project website.

Myanmar: from Lampi National Marine Park to Myaing to study community-based tourism

Community-based tourism is one of the key factors enabling the sustainable development of Lampi Marine National Park, where Istituto Oikos has been carrying on project COAST since 2014.
The project entails the support to the local community not only in improving existing resource management practices, but also in launching sustainable tourism activities that make a responsible use of such resources, which are under constant threat.
For this reason, some members of Makyone Galet village, based inside the park, took part in a study tour from 14th to the 17th November. They visited Myaing Township, home of the best example of community-based tourism in Myanmar. This project was kicked off by Action Aid in 2015 and it involves 4 villages within this area.
Makyone Galet community members started the tour by joining a tourist visit to these villages, taking part in different activities, and then also discussing with the local community of on the topics relating to community-based tourism. It was a precious opportunity to observe and learn from an already existing and successful context, from which to take best practices and ideas to launch their own community-based tourism experience in Lampi.
How will Makyone Galet community develop their tourist offer? Follow COAST projects in its future steps if you want to discover more on the website

Discussions on gender issues inside the Themi Living Garden

Our Themi Living Garden in Arusha city hosted the Gender Circle Friends, a discussion on gender issues promoted by Male Advocacy for Gender Equality - MAFGE.
Among the topics, we talked about Gender in the African Context, Gender Communal Atlas, Gender Attitude and Gender and Development.
The discussion, facilitated by 4 MAFGE staff, was attended by 25 invited guests (13 men and 12women) from diverse working fields and areas of residence which brought in a lot of ideas.
Themi Living Garden is a green oasis in the centre of Arusha, created by Oikos in the framework of S.A.F.E. Gardens project. Today it gives work to 30 vulnerable women that manage a restaurant, a nursery and a market of local products.
It is possible to give support to this women group: find out more!

Ecoboma project presented in Brussels at the Global Learning Event 2016 held by the Global Climate Change Alliance.

Istituto Oikos had the privilege to be selected to present their work at the second Global Climate Change Alliance - Global Learning Event (GCCA+ GLE) held in Brussels between the 12th and the 14th of September 2016.

Silvia Ceppi, Oikos scientific advisor who represented us in Brussels, tells us about this very stimulating occasion, during which representatives from dozens of countries exchanged experiences. It was a hands-on opportunity to discuss and influence the future strategies of the Global Climate Change Alliance.

“The days were intense and with so many participants and ideas it was quite a challenge to keep the timing, but the amazing chocolate-filled coffee breaks kept everyone’s spirits high, especially mine!

We were able to share the results and the challenges of the first year of implementation of the EU funded Ecoboma project, one of the 5 GCCA projects in Tanzania, under the section of risk management solutions and tools as a response to the adverse effects of climate change. Before the event, we were informed that the GCCA+ Team had selected our presentation to be translated into an animated 4 minutes information-dense video which was shown at the GLE and which you can find here.

The presentation discussed the challenges of a data-poor setting such as the rangelands of Northern Tanzania that fall outside protected area, and the importance of good quality data to lay the ground for successful mitigation interventions.

As Andrew Maskrey, Chief of Risk Knowledge at the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), stated during his presentation, "what you can’t measure, you can’t manage”.
We, at Oikos, always put scientific rigor as a priority in any intervention, and measuring the risks that the Northern Rangelands are exposed to is an essential component of our work, even though it is a technical and economical burden for our organisation.

The Ecoboma project is monitoring a pool of relevant indicators such as weather data, the presence and the distribution of alien plant species in the pastures, the deforestation for charcoal production sites, livestock presence, density and movements and the market price of basic commodities. Each data is georeferenced and we are slowly building maps that will facilitate informed decision making.

At the same time, we are delivering concrete community services that respond to the most urgent needs and help communities to withstand the environmental crisis while introducing new skills and innovative green economies.

It is not always an easy path, but good networking and knowledge sharing among both previous and present GCCA funded projects help us to focus on what may work.

We look forward to the second year of implementation and to more stimulating fieldwork.”

Find out more about the Ecoboma project!

Carlo Petrini visits the Themi Living Garden!

The president of Slow Food - the worldwide movement to protect food biodiversity, link producers and consumers, and raise awareness on the importance of food systems’ - is visiting Tanzania to open new Slow Food presidia and to meet the Slow Food farmers’ network. During his trip, he visited the Themi Living Garden, created by Oikos with the Arusha Municipal Council and managed by a women’s group at high risk of social exclusion.
He paid many and well deserved compliments to the all-women Themi Living Garden team who tirelessly cook and keep the grounds safe and clean, while Oikos and Wodsta - an Arusha women’s membership organisation that envisions a society in which women are empowered, motivated and have equal opportunities with men - refreshed their commitment for future collaborations to promote good nutrition while preserving the outstanding biodiversity of Northern Tanzania.
The Themi Living Garden it is a one of a kind example of sustainable farming practices, farm to table philosophy and offers daily great vegetarian and organic meals in centre of Arusha, a rapidly growing city in Northern Tanzania.
What better opportunity for the representatives of these three organisations – TLG, Wodsta and Slow Food - to brainstorm over a feast of indigenous, organic foods?

Environmental preservation and eco-touristic development in Lampi

Protection of sea turtles’ nesting sites, handicraft with waste materials, touristic guides formation, environmental awareness campaigns in local schools, waste management and coral reef’s monitoring: Oikos’ staff, the local community and rangers working in Lampi Marine National Park, in Myanmar, work together every day in order to reconcile the protection of natural resources and the sustainable development in one of the last natural paradise of the world. Clicking on the following link, a gallery opens, which contains a brief description of our activities targeting the preservation and eco-touristic development in Lampi Park. To be constantly updated about our COAST project visit the website!

A handbook for a healthy diet and responsible consumption

The nutrition manual for Mozambican women was born as a consequence of the partnership between Istituto Oikos and Eco Mozambique and was drafted as part of the projects a PHARO – funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Fondation Ensemble - and Pemba Verde, supported by the Lombardy Region, the Municipality of Milan, Fondazione Cariplo and the Waldensian Church.
The volume was conceived as a way to provide Mozambican women with a useful tool to explore the topics relating to good eating habits, the essential “rules” for a balanced diet, the secrets of a safe nutrition and finally the ideal diet during labor and for children up to the age of 18. Clearly enough, a wide section is dedicated to traditional local recipes.
Have a look at this link!

Same World Edukit presentation ready to be launched!

Same World Edukit is now online. It is free multimedia learning kit targeting teachers and students of secondary and high schools across Italy, in order to discuss in class the issues of climate change, environment migrations and environmental justice.
The kit will be presented to Lombardy teachers and educators on Thursday 12th May from 3.00 to 4.00 p.m. at the school Marcello Candia, Milan. Please confirm your participation by writing to or by calling at 0221597581.
Developed by a team of experts coming from different disciplines (geography, sociology, economy, ecology) this kit contains not only insights divided by topics and units, but also several proposals of role playing games, math exercises and art workshops to carry out with students.
Using it is very easy: just click on this link and register for free. A short tutorial video, available at the same link, shows how to use at best the tools provided.
The initiative falls back into the education project S.A.M.E. WORLD, a European initiative Oikos partners with, through which we want to pass on to teachers and students the knowledge and information about the topics of environmental justice, climate change and environment migration. Find out more about the project and get in touch with us to sign up for the kit presentation.

Training for leather tanning for Maasai pastoralists

Oikos is implementing a three-weeks leather tanning training for Maasai pastoralist communities living in the rangelands adjacent to the Mount Meru ecosystem, thanks to the EU support from the Ecoboma project.
The target group is young girls aged 18-22, who have recently graduated from secondary school, and a few young boys of the same age. We think these groups are the ideal driver for change to this rather dynamic pastoralist community.
This training will expose them to a technology able to adding value to an underutilised by product available from the community free of charge. This will be an innovative technology that will bring a new incoming generating opportunity to the community.
The training will be implemented between the1st and the 24th March 2016 and is facilitated by a leader skin leather expert, Eng. Issa Mwangosi, from the Dar-es-salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) – Mwanza Campus. The expert has vast experience in facilitating similar trainings and he was already collaborating in the past for the GCCA supported projects in Central Tanzania (Dodoma area).

Tuesday 2 February: world wetlands day

Raise awareness the public opinion about the importance of wetlands, which are home to a big variety of animal and plant species and which are a container for carbon dioxide, mitigating its affect on the climate. This is the purpose of the World Wetlands Day, which happens today, Tuesday 2 February, to light up the reflectors on ponds, lagoons and swamps, some of the more precious natural environment for biodiversity, but at the same time some of the most threatened of the planet.

On this same date, 45 years ago, 26 countries in the Mediterranean region joined the newborn initiative MedWet for the safeguard of these natural habitats which are slowly disappearing. In the last 50 years approximately half of the wetlands in the world has been lost, mainly due to human’s intervention.

Oikos has already engaged itself for the preservation of these habitats with the Wet-bridge project, which aims to valorize and connect 9 wetlands of the Lombard plain threatened by human activities, by the pollution and by the presence of external animal species which enter in competition with the native ones jeopardizing their survival.

The theme of this year will be “Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable livelihoods”, which has been chosen to raise awareness on the vital importance of these areas for the future of humanity.

Find out more about the Wet-bridge project and engage yourself for the valorization of wetlands!

"Plant for the planet": stop talking, start planting

Today we want to tell you a successful story: from a child’s idea to a big project to save the world.
Plant for the planet is a project created in 2007 by a 9-year-old German boy, Felix Finkbeiner, who initially thought about it as a school assignment about the climate change. It then became a movement to fight the climate crisis.
In 2009 Felix gained the support from 800 children from 56 different nations, who promised to help him by planting trees in their own countries, becoming climate justice ambassadors.
Felix wanted to plant a million trees in each country all over the world and in 2010 he and the children who decided to help him struck the goal of a million trees planted in Germany.
In the same year he founded an international organization under the name “Plant for the planet”, with the slogan “stop talking, start planting”, which invite adults to fight against the climate crisis not by talking but through concrete actions. This initiative has been promoted for children from all the world, but there are also some adults who help them.
Today the trees planted by the ambassadors of the association have reached the amount of 14 billion out of 1000 billion, which is the target for 2020.
To learn more about this project click here!

A click for women empowerment

In the heart of the city of Arusha, north of Tanzania, stands the Themi Living Garden, a multifunctional edible garden created in the context of the Oikos project S.A.F.E. Gardens and managed by 30 women at risk of social exclusion, affected by disabilities or with a difficult family history.

Starting from today there is another way to help the women in their paths to economic stability! It’s in fact possible to sustain this project by using HUG Tap to donate, a free app for mobile devices which allows to subscribe to the projects promoted by Onlus and follow their development. Thanks to your contribute, we will develop some income-generating activities already started (a nursery, a restaurant and a market of typical local products cultivated in the Themi Living Garden) which require a new impulse to guarantee to the women a stable employment and a brighter future to their families.

Download the app and choose to sustain the S.A.F.E. Gardens project: within only a few click you can help us to promote sustainable develop and the safeguard of the local culinary traditions in the city of Arusha!

EarlyMorning adopts a school in Arusha

For Christmas, the digital strategy company EarlyMorning donated energy to a school in Tanzania, 15 km away from the center of the city of Arusha. With the new year, the 250 girls between 11 and 17 of the D’Alzon Secondary School will have a reliable and sustainable energy source. The donation of EarlyMorning sustained the purchase of 8 photovoltaic panels, the structure for their installation and the cabling system for the connection of all the photovoltaic materials. The staff of Istituto Oikos put himself to work immediately and the first panels are already installed.
The lack of energy in schools has serious repercussions on the quality of the teaching and of the lives of students and teachers, in a particular way in the institutes, like the D’Alzon, where students stay also at night. Thanks to the collaboration between EarlyMorning and Oikos, things are changing: the D’Alzon Secondary School will have enough light and energy to use computers, giving the students, who come from rural families which live in conditions of extreme poverty, to build a better future for themselves.
This intervention is realized in the framework of the  Solar Utility for off grid electricity services project, started by Oikos in the region of Arusha with the goal to create a Solar Found and Utility system which can give electric system to 20 secondary schools, to improve the quality of the teaching and to fill the educational and economical gap between the urban and the rural community.
To learn more about this project click here!

Oikos among the winners of the International Call for Best Sustainable Practices on Food Security

An Oikos’ project on conservation and co-management of the Lampi Marine National Park, in Myanmar, has been selected by Expo Milano 2015 as one of the world 18 Best Sustainable Development Practices on food security. Today, July, 6th, will take place the award ceremony in  the Palazzo Italia's Auditorium of Expo 2015.
The project “Participatory Land-Use Management and Ecotourism in Lampi Marine National Park, Myanmar” , funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair, was recognized as one of the best practices in priority 1, Sustainable management of natural resources. It will be illustrated through a photo-story realized by Expo 2015 and shown during the exhibition. Furthermore, a workshop on the Sustainable management of natural resources is scheduled for July, 7th, in the Expo's Conference Center.

The Best Sustainable Development Practices initiative is part of the "Feeding Knowledge" programme, which aims to gather and spread the best solutions for food security and sustainable development. 749 projects have been admitted to the selection process; then an International Selection Committee selected 18 best practices in 5 priority: Sustainable natural resources management; Quantitative & Qualitative Enhancement of Crop Products; Socio-Economic Dynamics and Global Markets; Sustainable development of small rural communities in marginal areas; Food consumption patterns: diet, environment, society, economy and health.

Five projects – realized in Mongolia, Niger, Guatemala, Tanzania and Italy – will be exposed in a film produced by Expo Milano 2015; the other 13 will be illustrated through photographic stories and then shown in Expo’s Pavilion Zero, the largest thematic Pavilion in the Expos’ history, developed in collaboration with the United Nations.

To learn more about the projects and the goals click here.

Oikos launches the first annual professional course in Tourism management

35 students have enrolled in the new professional course, launched on March the 2nd, 2015 and introduced in the UCM didactical offer. The course, called “High training school for tourism management”, is part of the Profissao Turismo project, an Oikos’ initiative to provide Cabo Delgado’s population with the tools to be active protagonists of tourism’s development.
The lessons were enriched with thematic seminars in order to complete the learning process with the opportunity to interact and discuss specific subjects with experts in the sector. A practical component was also introduced with the aim of giving students a concrete approach to the copious tourism opportunities: study visits of airport facilities, travel agencies and hotels were organized, as well as a touristic tours of the city of Pemba aiming at highlighting touristic attractions, territorial development of the city and to provide the students with an overall view of the touristic offers of the city. This pilot experience will be proposed again next year, in order to offer to a large number of students the opportunity to enhance their skills in tourism.
Click here to learn more about the project!

The new management plan of the Lampi Marine National Park is now online

The Ministry for Environmental Conservation and Forestry of Myanmar approved, in November 13th, the first management plan of the Lampi Marine National Park (Myeik Archipelago) developed by Oikos in the context of projects cofinanced by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The document, which aims to establish conservation and protection measures for local habitats and species, is the result of a collaboration between local, national and international stakeholders: a participant process which allowed to identify priorities and challenges and to elaborate an effective management strategy for all bodies involved.
Using the collected data, we have divided the park into four protection zones and then established which activities are allowed, which forbidden and those for which it is necessary to obtain a permit (for example, fishing, ecoturism, human settlements). The document also includes annual operating plans and a four-year budget developed according to international guidelines. It will be effective until 2018.
This is the first management plan of a protected area which receives official approval by the government of Myanmar: a great achievement for our organization which, in cooperation with local authorities, will start immediately to support its implementation.

Click here to download the management plan
To see the zoning map click here

Lampi Marine National Park now has a management plan

The Ministry for Environmental Conservation and Forestry of Myanmar approved, in November 13ththe first management plan of the Lampi Marine National Park (Myeik Archipelago) developed by Oikos in the context of projects cofinanced by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The document, which aims to establish conservation and protection measures for local habitats and species, is the result of a collaboration between local, national and international stakeholders: a participant process which allowed to identify priorities and challenges and to elaborate an effective management strategy for all bodies involved.

Using the collected data, we have divided the park into four protection zones and then established which activities are allowed, which forbidden and those for which it is necessary to obtain a permit (for example, fishing, ecoturism, human settlements). The document also includes annual operating plans and a four-year budget developed according to international guidelines. It will be effective until 2018.
This is the first management plan of a protected area which receives official approval by the government of Myanmar: a great achievement for our organization which, in cooperation with local authorities, will start immediately to support its implementation.

To see the zoning map click here

RigeneriAMO on newscast

Wednesday, 12th November, Fuori Tg - RAI3 broadcasted a report on Officina di Lambrate, created by the project RigeneriAMO in collaboration with Fondazione Cariplo, SPAZIO STREETSTUDIO and Ingegneria senza frontiere.
Click here to watch the video

Clean Energy for the world

The WAME Initiative and the Call for Case Studies presented to the Public and to the Press.

Over one billion people in the world have no access to electricity. The UN set the target of electricity for all at 2030, but the forecast is that still one billion will be excluded. Almost three billion people have no clean fuel for cooking and their number will not diminish by 2030. Today four million people die each year for indoor pollution due to bad combustion.

WAME (World Access to Modern Energy) & Expo2015 informs on the issue and its solutions.

November 11, 2014, 11h00

Expo Gate, Spazio Leonardo, via Luca Beltrami (Largo Cairoli), Milano

Cristiano Maggipinto, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Guido Arnone, Expo 2015
Francesco Laera, European Commission
Representative of the Milano Municipality (tbc)
Alberto Piatti, AVSI ONG
Pippo Ranci, WAME&Expo2015
Moderator Giovanni Caprara, head of the science team, Corriere della Sera

Videos by Sustainable Energy for All and by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves will be shown.



Exchange and learning of new culinary techniques

Two cooking and hospitality teachers from Pemba’s Industrial and Commercial Institute arrived yesterday, September 15th, 2014, in Italy. They will attend an intensive education course for 8 weeks at CFPA in Casarago, Lombardy. The main goals of the course are: improving the Mozambican professors’ competences in the preparation of dishes with the help of modern tools; applying the fundamental principles of nutrition for the draft of new menus; using the main teaching techniques and the active inclusion of students previously showed by Italian teachers in Mozambican context.
Specifically, the course will be implemented in 300 hours: 200 hours in CFPA and 100 hours of practice in two local restaurants.
During their stay, professors will also be able to prepare some Mozambican recipes and will consequently be able to improve their competences thanks to the comparison with Italian culinary tradition and to the technical and practical exchange with both cooking professors at CFPA and the cooks of the restaurants in which they are going to take part in the training.
This initiative is part of the project Profissao tourism. Find out more!

Istituto Oikos in Valagola

Here we are, surrounded by the wonderful Dolomites, to define a strategic plan for Oikos’ activities over the next years!
At the end of June, Istituto Oikos organized an internal meeting in Trentino. The objective was to identify the organization’s priorities and strategic plan for the next 3 years. It was a great opportunity to think about the most effective methodologies to pursue our mission of promoting a responsible management of natural resources as tools for social and economic development.
We want to safeguard and stand up for our values, to respond actively and consciously to changes and to strengthen and build up on our experiences.

To learn more about our values and approach CLICK HERE.

MESULA: a social enterprise for food security

From the seed to the table. Building a sustainable food chain to increase small scale farmers’ income, food security and health conditions in the north of Tanzania. VISIT THE MESULA WEB SITE.


A neighborhood laboratory, re-use and recycling workshops to prevent and reduce the accumulation of solid waste in the zone 3 of Milan.

Every year in Europe we produce 3 billion tons of solid waste, 6 tons per person. Despite the improvement in recycling, waste management is still a major problem, from both the economic and environmental perspective.

How many times you threw away something that could be recycled and re-used? When we talk about waste, preventative measures are often the most effective strategy. Leaving the disposable culture and finding again the pleasure of reutilization could become a creative and enjoyable hobby, with a positive impact on the environment and on the wallet.


Open position in Mozambique / ANUNCIO DE VAGAS EM MOÇAMBIQUE

Oikos está a procura de Consultor de formação profissional na área de restaurante & bar. CLIQUE AQUI para ler os TdR.


Food preservation is a leading cause of food insecurity in developing countries, in Tanzania up to 60% of fresh vegetables and fruits go spoiled mostly due to poor know-how on preservation techniques.

Preservation techniques in the tropics face many challenges such as a higher risk of contamination, lack of water, and a very poor distribution of appropriate food containers, yet, exposing women to preservation of fresh foods is a key step towards increased food security.


Thanks to the Meru Sustainable Land (MESULA) program, in August 2013, a group of 5 women from remote rural villages were trained at the World Vegetable Centre on sterilisation, fruit selection, jam, chutney and pectin production and two of them turned out to be so skilled that we decided to hire them as trainers. Oikos’ team was challenged by the costly and difficult procedure to obtain food containers, which are imported from Kenya, but we luckily managed just on time to receive enough jars to support the small scale production for a while.


Frida and Veronica held their first training as leaders at Mkuru Training Camp, helping 8 more women and 2 gentlemen to become jam producers. Our bright training room was transformed in a food production unit and nothing caught fire!

At the end of the training all of the trainees were able to produce delicious jams, chutneys and even orange peel candy, which we are now very happily consuming! For Frida and Veronica this was a life changing experience, and the pride was hard to hide when we asked them if they were satisfied with the overall experience.


The fruits were organically grown, the tomatoes not yet, but Oikos is hoping to have very soon a group of more than 100 farmers producing pesticide free tomatoes for our jams and chutneys, all members of the MESULA program.


Sustainable development is a slow process made by little steps and we are fortunate to witness many small successes.

September 2013
Silvia Ceppi

A new web site for Maasai Women Art

Visit now the new Maasai Women Art web site.

Photography workshop in Tanzania

Twelve days in the savannah, among elephants and Maasai people, guided by the photographer Carlo Mari to improve photographic skills and discover the wild and rural Africa of northern Tanzania.


Joining the workshop means living a unique experience and supporting the challenging path towards socio-economic development of the Maasai people of Mkuru. The course's cost includes a donation to the community fot the implementation of the MTC activities.

Two new open positions worldwide

Istituto Oikos is looking for a project managers to start new project in Mozambique and Tanzania. Read the job descriptions!


Invitation to tender for pipeand fittings forImproving water and sanitation access and hygiene standards to achieve the MDGs in Arusha Region, Tanzania”


ISTITUTO OIKOS has received the grant from the EU for the implementation of the action entitled “Improving Water and Sanitation access and Hygiene standards to achieve the MDGs in Arusha Region, Tanzania” contract n. EU/EDF FED/2011/260-271, and intends to apply a portion of that grant  to purchase pipes and fittings. For this Istituto Oikos is inviting interested suppliers to submit offers regarding the followings lots:

LOT 1: HDPE pipes (diameters between D25-D110 for a total length of 147, 480 m)  and  PVC-U pipes (diameters D110-D160 for a total length of 8,693 m)

LOT 2: HDPE fittings (Clamp Saddle, Coupling, Female and Male threaded adapter, Reducing coupling, and  PVC fittings (Bend 22.5°, 45°, 90°,flange socket, reducing socket)

Materials must be delivered Leguruki Ward, Meru District. Tanzania.

Interested suppliers are invited to submit a bit according to parameters contained in the documentation here attached:

Tender dossier:

  1. Instructions to tenderers
  2. Draft contract and special conditions
  3. Further information (administrative compliance grid and evaluation grid)

Tender form for a supply contract and other forms and annexes


The tender dossier and documentation can be also requested by mail or email to

Paola Mariani

Istituto Oikos Onlus
Via Crescenzago 1, 20134 Milan, Italy


Offers must be in hard copies and delivered within 9th January 2013  at 10 .a.m., to:

Istituto Oikos Onlus
Via Crescenzago 1, 20134 Milan, Italy

Attention: Denise Isonni


For full information about procurement procedures please consult the Practical Guide to contract procedures for EC external actions and its annexes, which can be downloaded from the following web page:


Tender dossier


Vacancy in the administration department

Open position in the administration office in Milan. We are looking for a cooperation project accounting expert. Read the job description. 

Global Hunger Index 2012 Launched

On Monday 15th October Concern Worldwide, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Welthungerhilfe launched the 2012 Global Hunger Index (GHI). The report combines the most recent available data on national rates of malnutrition, child nutrition and child mortality to give a comprehensive snapshot of how hunger is distributed around the globe.

The report finds that overall global hunger has declined since 1991. While South Asia made rapid progress between the first GHI in 1991 and the second report in 1996, progress has slowed significantly in the last decade. Since the third GHI in 2001, Sub-Saharan Africa has made significant progress with the GHI score falling below that of South Asia. However 20 countries still have GHI scores that are considered alarming or extremely alarming. And despite using the most up-to-date data available, the 2012 report does not take into account the most recent global food price rises in 2011-12 or the complete effects of recent natural disasters such as the Haitian earthquake.Two of the three countries with score considered extremely alarming, Burundi and Eritrea, are in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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