On 4-5 September the final conference of the EU project Localize It took place in Figueira da Foz, Portugal with 30 prevention experts/project partners from eleven European countries. In two and a half years the project partners accompanied and advised 22 municipalities in the development and implementation of a local alcohol strategy – Figueira da Foz is one of them.
At the final conference, the partners reported on their experiences, evaluation results and a manual developed within the framework of the project was presented. Furthermore, possibilities for the sustainable anchoring of the Local Alcohol Strategy as well as for the further dissemination of the approach to other European municipalities were collected. The manual describes in detail the process of the Local Alcohol Strategy, gives practical advice and contains field reports from participating municipalities, from which other municipalities and professionals can benefit. The manual will be available electronically in nine languages by the end of September.
After the partners had met in four smaller groups from June to October 2018 for further planning in the selected settings (schools; parental work; nightlife, festivals, retail and gastronomy; and traffic safety), the second workshop for the entire project group took place in Palermo, Italy, from 11 to 14 December 2018.
Here, the partners reported to each other about the planned measures in the 22 municipalities involved in Localize It. All municipalities had so far drawn up an individual action plan based on the results of the Rapid Assessment and Response (RAR) carried out at the start of the project and the good practice measures available. A challenge for most partners was and still is motivating the municipalities to take responsibility for the local alcohol strategy themselves and to make it their own. Positive side effects had also been noted: Awareness for problematic alcohol consumption of young people has been raised noticeably, new collaborations between local actors have been established and other municipalities have formed agreements with those already involved in the project.
Now in 2019, the main challenge for all partners will be to implement the measures defined in their action plans!
Furthermore, in 2019 a manual on the topic “development and implementation of a local alcohol strategy” will be developed which will provide practical examples and experience reports to support prevention experts and municipalities in taking joint action in the field of alcohol prevention. In Palermo, the partners developed first ideas for design and content for this manual.
The Localize It-project focuses on different approaches for alcohol prevention for young people in the 22 participating municipalities. One of them is nightlife, festivals, retail and gastronomy.
From June 4th to 6th, a workshop for this particular setting has been organized by the Portuguese partners Irefrea in Coimbra, Portugal, with participants from Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Portugal and Slovakia.
On 13-14th March 2018, more than 60 European prevention experts from 18 countries have met in Muenster, Germany, to exchange and discuss good practices for alcohol prevention for young people. Among the participants were also representatives of municipalities involved in the Localize It! project, coordinators of other EU-funded projects as well as representatives of DG Sante, Chafea and the German Ministry of Health. (more…)
The Institut Suchtprävention, pro mente Oberösterreich, is one of 11 project partners. The municipalities Linz and Bad Ischl are participating in Localize It!
In January, the Institut Suchtprävention has published a press release about their two Localize It-locations (You can find the original version in German here.):
“A good wine for dinner, a cool beer while talking to the neighbor, a glass of prosecco at a celebration: Alcohol is part of our culture and for most people in Austria, alcohol is associated with indulgence and celebration. However, some people develop a high-risk or problematic consumption pattern which can have far-reaching consequences, for the consumers themselves but also for their social surrounding and the society. (more…)
Within the Localize It! project, a European Expert Meeting will take place in Muenster, Germany from 13-14 March 2018.
Several speakers will give an insight on local alcohol strategies from different perspectives, good practices will be shared and intermediate results from the poject will be presented by the consortium. A market of opportunities for structural and indiviual alcohol prevention measures for young people will round up the conference. (more…)
Within the Localize It! project, a European conference will take place in Muenster, Germany, on 13-14 March 2018.
During the conference , good and best practices for alcohol prevention for young people will be exchanged and discussed. Further, the concept of the local alcohol strategy will be introduced and partners will present intermediate results such as the results of the Rapid Assessment and Response (RAR) and the current state of the cooperation with the selected municipalities.
Invitations to the conference will be sent to prevention experts from all EU member states in due time.
If you are interested in participating, please contact the project coordination under firstname.lastname@example.org.