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Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sustainability Network) and Dulsco

At the Dubai Chamber for an invigorating meeting with diverse stakeholders about Dubai's aim to divert 75% of waste from landfill by 2021. It is amazing how similar the challenges of waste management in a modern day city like Dubai are to an ancient island like Crete. We can all learn from sharing knowledge.



Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sustainability Network) and Dulsco joined hands to take the lead in bringing together more than 40 different stakeholders for this important discussions on achieving Dubai Plan 2021: The Place: “A Smart & Sustainable City”. Black Forest Solutions, a German waste management thought leader provided guidance from a global perspective.


Cretan Natural Treasures

A wonderful intimate and informative evening at ESA, Cretan Natural Treasures tour in collaboration with Crete Urban Adventures. Bookings taken for each Thursday.


TEDx Technical University of Crete

I am really looking forward to being part of this event - especially because it is happening in my chosen area to set up an international business and my second home, Chania, and because of the long time relationship between ESA-Crete and TUC. I feel very honoured to have been asked to close this important event. We will leave our audience with a unique and memorable closing experience.



It was a great honour to be the closing speaker at this event.


Star and planet watching tonight at ESA !

Getting ready at European Sustainability Academy - Crete for a star-watching 'Night with the Gods' tonight. With Crete Urban Adventures. Wish I could be there with them !! (beautiful flower covered meadows of Drapanos- that water barrel is there for when the bees are brought over to make their fragrant Cretan honey.


Circular Economy

Join us on Friday to learn about Circular Economy in Crete, share knowledge and brainstorm practical projects for sustainable tourism in action. Issues of WASTE, WATER SHORTAGES and ABANDONED ANIMALS - all PUT TOURISTS OFF! How can we address these issues in Crete? Come to ESA in Drapanos on FRIDAY and be part of creating magical solutions for Crete!




GLOBAL CSR & SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD for European Sustainability Academy - Crete is coming home to Crete!
World CSR Day 2017



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The island birthplace of Zeus, Crete, nestled between Europe, Africa and the Middle East is rich with mythology, gastronomy, music, art, agriculture and one of the first civilisations, the Minoans. These days many rural Cretan villages, thrive on a sustainable lifestyle of barter and exchange with a strong connection with the land. ESA is thrilled to be collaborating with Cretan Urban Adventures to co-create a truly immersive sustainability experience which will make visitors leave with a richer connection with LIFE!