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In Cyprus, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, through its Unit for Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development, implements programmes on sustainability. One project is “CAPture the Future Generation”, part of the European Union-funded Information Measures relating to the Common Agricultural Policy (IMCAP) programme, aimed at capturing the attention of future generations and encouraging them to adopt more sustainable lifestyles, including consumption patterns, understanding that the Mediterranean diet is the common thread that can lead towards sustainability. Digital modules inform children and students, focusing mainly on biodiversity, climate change, hunger, and innovation and entrepreneurship in the agrifood sector. All the lessons promote local, regional and global sustainable consumption models, including those inspired by the Mediterranean diet. Moreover, the Cyprus Governmental Network of Environmental Education Centers offers education syllabuses focused on local and traditional food products with programmes that include field studies in local homes or small enterprises during which students can study traditional food products, how they are made and how they utilize local produce, involving the local community and, emphasizing intergenerational communication to familiarize students with these products and with their importance for the sustainability of local communities.

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