Who we are

ECO-UNESCO is Ireland’s Environmental Education and Youth Organisation that works to conserve the environment and empower young people.

ECO-UNESCO is affiliated to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA).

We work all across the island of Ireland and work with partners in Europe and internationally; we are affiliated to UNESCO as a Key partner of its Global Action Programme in ESD.

We work with young people in formal and nonformal settings, in secondary schools, youth services and communities across Ireland through our Young Environmentalist Awards, workshops, trainings or one of our affiliated ECO-UNESCO Clubs. Currently our longer term youth programmes are concentrated in the larger population areas through Youth for Sustainable Development and ECO-Choices. 

For those who have left school there are opportunities through our Upskilling and Training programmes including our youth employment and employability initiatives (Youth Employment and Green Skills) which comprise QQI accredited training, work experience, ongoing employment supports and mentoring. There are also opportunities through our Volunteering and Internship programmes.

ECO-UNESCO provides a wide range of programmes and services, which include:

Environmental Youth Programmes including Environmental Events and Activities, Environmental Workshops, ECO-UNESCO Clubs, ECO-Youth Choices Programme and Youth for Sustainable Development Programme.

Young Environmentalist Awards Programme honours the work of young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who protect, conserve and enhance our environment through local environmental projects, making a difference to their lives and the lives of others locally and globally.

Training Programmes; include Training Courses, workshops, QQI accredited courses, and a Well-being Programme (ECO-Choices).

Education Resources focused on environmental education and environmental youth work aimed at young people, leaders and teachers. These include resource packs, activity packs and posters.

Consultancy services to groups and agencies who want a specialist approach to environmental education environmental youth work and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). We also run an ECO-Sustainability Awards for organisations who are committed to becoming more green and sustainable.