ENSI Member Countries

Permanent member countries ensure the day-to-day work of ENSI and contribute significantly to the precious work of ENSI. We invite countries to become ENSI members – through the ENSI membership high quality and well installed international cooperation and exchange for ESD is assured.


Christine AffolterChristine Affolter Professional profile and experience

Head of Secretariat ENSI since 2006, project manager at foundation éducation21.ch, the competence centre of Switzerland’s Education for Sustainability (www.education21.ch)
Experience in project management (most recent CoDeS), network management, teacher training, teaching and studies in andragogy.

National ENSI work

ENSI Switzerland is part of the society supporting the implementation and consolidation of Education for Sustainable Development in Switzerland (education21), the national centre of excellence in this area. This organisation plays a crucial role in the development and implementation of the strategic plan for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Switzerland which focuses on curriculum development, teacher training and quality improvements of schools.

Joining the forces of ENSI and education21 produces tangible gains with regard to border crossing exchange of excellence. ENSI is a vibrant international network which cooperates with key players worldwide and enables the Foundation to participate and link into the international discussions and developments. On the other hand ENSI benefits from the national networking of the Foundation and can rely on a strong national institution. This win-win situation allows both organisations to initiate innovation, share knowledge and develop projects appropriate to the Swiss national context.

education21 The society supporting the implementation and consolidation of Education for Sustainable Development in Switzerland www.education21.ch Swiss Strategy on ESD The Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education www.edk.ch


Günther Franz PfaffenwimmerDr. Günther Franz Pfaffenwimmer Professional profile and experience

Former Head of Subunit for Environmental Education in the Austrian Ministry of Education. In this function he was managing the development of Austrian Environmental Education and ESD programmes and networks including the international cooperation within ENSI and EU-projects.

Manfred WirtitschManfred Wirtitsch Professional profile and experience

Head (since 2001) of the Department of Educational Principles and Cross over Skills in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education. One of the major fields of the Department is the implementation of cross curricular principles into the Austrian school system. One of these working fields is the management of the Austrian National Strategy of ESD.

Chairman of the Austrian Youth Red Cross since 2013. The ENSI based Eco-school network with more than 480 registered ECO-schools (www.oekolog.at) and university colleges of teacher education has focused on the topic School and community collaboration following the EU-network project “Collaboration of Community and School for Sustainable Development – CoDeS” (2011 – 2014). The current focus topic is “Creating and designing school (free)spaces” (Schul(frei)räume gestalten und nutzen) in 2015 - 2017. More than 15% of the eco-schools reached the National Environment Award (www.umweltzeichen.at/cms/home/bildung/content.html)

ÖKOLOGisierung von Schulen ÖKOLOG-Schulen sind Schulen zum Wohlfühlen. www.oekolog.at Das Österreichische Umweltzeichen Das Österreichische Umweltzeichen www.umweltzeichen.at/cms/home/bildung/content.html

Read more about Education for Sustainable Development in Austria:

ENSI - Österreich Umwelt und Schulinitiativen www.bmb.gv.at/schulen/ensi/

Teacher training

In-service university course: Education for Sustainable Development – Innovation in Teacher Education:

In order to implement ESD in teacher training two-year training courses on ESD were developed and carried out since 2006 under the scientific guidance of the University of Klagenfurt. The fourth course has started in 2016. (folder_bine.pdf)

UMILE - LehrerInnenbildung Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung schafft Chancen für Innovationen in der LehrerInnenbildung! www.umweltbildung.at/bine

By September 2015 a new curriculum for initial teacher education came into effect. An important contribution to the inclusion of EE and ESD into these curricula is the “Basic Paper on ESD in Teacher Education New” (Grundsatzpapier zur Bildung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung in der PädagogInnenbildung Neu“. (See: Rauch, Franz, Steiner, Regina in: (bne_grundsatzpapier_pbneu_25855.pdf). This paper was included in the ”Basics and Materials for the compilation of Curricula” (“Grundlagen und Materialien zur Erstellung von Curricula” in PädagogInnenbildung Band 1, Braunsteiner et. al.. Leykam, Graz, 2014, ISBN 978-3-7011-0297-6.

'Quality Criteria for ESD School' - Seminars for the development of ÖKOLOG Schools in Austria:

The seminars were designed by the Austrian ENSI Team using the Quality Criteria Document (QC-GB.pdf) to reflect quality of school life:

Quality Criteria for ESD-Schools “Quality Criteria for ESD-Schools” Guidelines to enhance the quality of Education for Sustainable Development

This publication targets schools and educational authorities engaged in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). It presents a proposal for a non-exhaustive list of ‘quality criteria’ to be used as a starting point for reflections, debates and further development regarding future work on ESD among educational officials, teachers, headmasters, parents, and students. QC-GB.pdfBreiting, S., Mayer, M., Mogensen, F. (2005). Quality Criteria for ESD-Schools. BMBWK, Vienna. ISBN: 3-85031-048-5

Since 2007 a series of seminars have been offered to school principals and ECO-school coordinators annually. A Case Study on these seminars was published:

Contribution to COMENIUS networks


Austria was partner in this EU network project “Collaboration of Schools and Communities for Sustainable Development“ (2011 – 14) and organized the first CoCeS-conference in Austria in May 2012 and also has contributed to the publications.


Austria was involved in the COMENIUS network “Partnership and Participation for a Sustainable tomorrow – SUPPORT“ (2007 – 10) coordinated by Norway and has contributed with a number of seminars and workshops.


Austria took part in the EU COMENIUS 2 project "The Teacher Education / Curriculum Development Project / CSCT" (2003 – 2007) and provided valuable inputs based on the study „Kompetenzen für Bildung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (KOM-BiNE) (Competencies for ESD) bine_kombine_18307.pdf


Austria co-ordinated this EU COMENIUS 3 Network project “School Development through Environmental Education“ SEED (2002 – 2005) which laid basis for a number of EU-Comenius-involvements of ENSI.

Website Links

Umweltbildung Österreichisches Portal zur Umweltbildung und Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung http://www.umweltbildung.at QIBB Die Qualitätsinitiative Berufsbilung www.qibb.at SQA Schulqualität Allgemeinbildung www.sqa.at


Machtelijn BrummelMachtelijn Brummel Professional profile and experience

Senior policy-advisor in the Dutch program Learning for Sustainable Development – Duurzaam Door. She is based at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency in Utrecht, where she helps to stimulate and implement social innovation (both in regional, national and international networks). Education, learning and facilitating vital coalitions are important pillars in her work.

The Netherlands is a member of ENSI. Education for Sustainable Development is placed highly on the agenda in The Netherlands, for over a decade. The Dutch governmental program Learning for Sustainable Development (LfSD) is the central point in The Netherlands for the coordinating of work on ESD.

National ENSI work

Learning for Sustainable Development 2008-2011 The Dutch Program “Learning for Sustainable Development” enhances learning processes on sustainablility in many issues, and helps students, professionals, organisations and individuals to identify and make sustainable choices. Participants in decision-making processes work together to resolve problems, carefully balancing the interests of people, nature and the environment, and the economy, in perspective of global responsability, future orientation and sharing of values. www.lerenvoorduurzameontwikkeling.nl

Practising sustainability is a skill that can be learned!

In the Netherlands students, professionals, companies, organisations and individuals are working on the issue, in their own work and in networks. Learning by doing is the motto in all these activities.


Education is in motion. Elements of change include the promotion of competencies, the New Learning and systems thinking. As the knowledge-intensive society that we pursue needs to be rooted in education, the teacher holds the key role in this development.

In the Netherlands all kind of activities are carried out and policy is being made on the issue of ESD. For formal education for students between 4 and 18 a Core Curriculum Learning for Sustainable Development was made in 2008.

Networks on ESD

Several networks for sustainable development are in place in The Netherlands, for learners in all agegroups.

Early childcare and nature education The Dutch programm on early childcare (0-4) an de nature education is member of the international Nature Action Collaborative for Children. www.kindvannature.nl Teacher Training Duurzame Pabo, the network for sustainability in Teacher’s Colleges was established in 2005. www.duurzamePabo.nl TVET DMBO, the network for Sustainability in Vocational education was founded in 2005 and works together with 19 TVET schools. www.duurzaamMBO.nl Higher Education All kind of activities and cooperation are carried out, in the Universities, post graduate programms (MBA’s) and within the The Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences. www.hobeon.nl/thema_s/mvo/keurmerk_duurzaam_hoger_onderwijs Higher Education: Morgen Dutch students have their own network for sustainable development, named Morgen (Dutch for tomorrow). www.studentenvoormorgen.nl Making Rio Work In preparation for the Rio+20 conference in june 2012 a Netherlands Platform Rio+20 was established and prepared, together with the Dutch Major Groups, 10 priorities and 10 best practises from Dutch Civil Society. MakingRioWorkboek.pdf

Countries in active cooperation with ENSI

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Catalonia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Malaysia, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Sweden

During the last 30 years ENSI has been cooperating with partners from 35 countries around the world :
Australia, Austria, Belgium (Flemish Community), Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (Catalonia), Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA

EENSI has also been cooperating with the European Environment Agency, OECD: Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, Council of Europe: Education, UNESCO: Decade Education for Sustainable Development and UNESCO: Chairs for sustainable development University of Bordeaux, Graz and Wageningen Regional Centres of Expertise/United Nations Universities

ENSI initiated in cooperation with its partners several projects of 3 years duration, funded by the EU Life-long-learning programme, UNEP and ENSI:

CoDeSSchool and community collaboration for ESD (Education21, Berne, CH), 2011- 2014see project SUPPORTPartnership and participation for sustainable development (Norwegian Directorate for Education, Oslo, NO), 2007- 2010see project CSCTTeacher competences for ESD (Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven, BE) 2004 - 2007see project SEEDQuality development through ESD (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Unterricht, Vienna) 2002 - 2005see project CASALENEducation for Sustainable Development in the Carpathian region, 2007 -2009.
In Cooperation with UNEP/UNESCO Polski and Carpathian Conventionsee project