Genista research foundation is an organisation which had been set up in 2002 , with the aim of coordinating a pioneering project on sustainable farming and Biodiversity to demonstrate practical systems in various sectors of farming and other sustainable practices where one is expected to take greater care of our environment and the health of the consumer. The project has also served as an opportunity for further initiatives and practical research in the field of sustainable farming and other related ecological issues by providing technical assistance, courses, educational material and other informational activities. The Foundation is managed by a board of directors and has a number of volunteers and hires experts on specific subjects according to the projects being worked on.
Along the years GRF has diversified and today has four distinct but interactive divisions all managed by graduate experts in their relative fields.
Intercultural and social work- GRF over the past years has branched and started working with minority groups namely refugees, social and economic areas and those with fewer abilities due to health issues. We participated as partners in a number of projects and have coordinated projects namely :
ERDF 2007-2013 with Arka foundation Gozo- a home for mentaly and physically disabled youths
Europeaid/129-855/L/ACT/PS in Palestine-Celebrating Cultural heritage through participatory videos working with refugee youths
YIA ACTION 1.1 with partner from Belvi Sardengna-Turn off! Reach out! Working with mentaly disadvantaged youths
YIA ACTION 4.3 with partner from Kırıkkale-TURKEY- Sport and Art: Two Magic Keys For Disadvantaged Young People To Have a Better Life
YIA Action n 4.6 - 'Youth Support Systems Partnerships with partner from DIPUTACIÓN DE GRANADA - EYIN- Education for the Employment of European Youth Immigrant Network
Consultancy work - Our organisation offers a unique 1 stop shop for enterprises, NGO’s and local councils a variety of consultancy work ranging from opening a new SME, company management, project management, communications management, WEB and ITC development, communications and company promotion, conference and seminar co-ordination, EU funding, ECO sustainability/certification and tourism project management. For the past 5 years we have successfully managed a number of projects in various areas namely:Tourism projects for various hotels, tour operators, multipurpose conference facilities, rural tourism planning, historical tourisim projects and english language tourism for local councils, NGO’s and SME’s. With a successful track record of having 21 approved projects as applicant and coordinator: Partnered in 61 approved projects and as project writer and project manager in 24 approved projects
Education:- Genista foundation is a Registered centre of Informal Education with the Malta Qualifications council providing training on sustainable development, organic farming, media, communication, EU affairs and intercultural dialogue working both in Malta and in various other EU and Non EU countries, coordinating and provding training in Palestine, Spain, Poland, Turkey, Slovakia, Tunisia, Italy, Norway, France, etc.
GRF manages and runs the Genista nature reserve which is based in the valley of Rinella Kalkara where it has transformed an abondened valley into an ecological park, where organic produce and endemic trees are cultivated, we also host interns and EVS volonteers following the approval of an EU youth in action project in 2012 with an accreditation No: MT-21-10-2012-R2 / 01.
Media- Following the award to GRF to manage for 4 years the Europe Direct office in Mosta following the award of a contract by the European Commission Directorate General communications to provide information to the Maltese public concerning EU issues and to organize activities related to the European Commission, offering advice, information etc both to the Maltese public, SME’s, NGO’s and also to European citizens who require information about Malta. The Genista EDO formed part of the 560 offices of the European commission around the 27 member states and offerd a direct link and opportunities between all the offices to communicate and find suitable partners for any type of project being applied for.
This led to a number of media projects where we coordinated training on documentary film production in Ramallah Palestine and producing 4 films; the creation of a Web TV with Italian, Spanish and Albanian partners; organising training on Film production, Editing and dissemination.
We also produced, edited a number of short films for various projects, written and produced information publicity material, booklets, book and other information material.
Project management- GRF prides itself that it is one of the leading project management organisations on the island and beyond, handling projects which are diverse from Communication, Media, Film production, management, research, development of public spaces, hotel improvements, sustainability projects, training and evaluation and producing ideas for new ventures and business opportunities both in Malta and abroad.
Mark Causon is Director of GRF. He has a more then 10 years experience in EU projects creation and implementation, exchanging, participating. Dr Causon after studying Pharmacy and working in various branches diversified his studies into the environmental field, with post graduate studies in Environmental toxicology and Organic farming and a MBA in Economics and Management. Mark has worked as coordinator and project manager on various projects in Malta, Ireland, Spain, Brussels, Germany, France, Sweden, Slovakia, Palestine, Turkey, Tunisia and Norway.