Right from 1984, Arbutus has built up strong links with several persons and institutions in Germany, particularly Bremen. Arbutus is one of the oldest partners in the well-known Pune-Bremen Co-operation.
A regular exchange of ideas, information, and material is taking place with the Teachers' Training Centres and Ecology Workshops. Arbutus has also contributed to the "India Box" at the Bremen Teachers' Training Centre.
In 1999-2000, a psychologist from Saarbrücken, Germany, actively participated in the Community Support Project of Arbutus, and took ideas, information, and material back to Germany to be used in similar projects there.
An NGO representative from Frankenthal, Germany, who worked in the area of Water Management, did her internship with Arbutus during 1999-2000. She prepared Education Material under the guidance of Dr Meera Bondre, Founder-Trustee of Arbutus. This material was later on translated into German, and is now being used at various institutions in Germany.
In August 1998, Arbutus trained a group of 47 Scouts and Guides, which visited Bremen, in Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development.
Arbutus has been participating in several international conferences on Environment / Development. It has contributed in three International Conferences in 1991, one in Geneva, Switzerland and two in the USA which were preparatory to the Earth Summit at Rio (the UNCED) in 1992. It has also participated in the International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in 2005, in Ahmedabad, India.
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