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Ecological Movement of Moldova (EMM)


EMM is a voluntary and non-governmental environmental organisation committed to restoring the natural balance of the environment in Moldova through sustainable development, conservation of natural resources and preservation of important ecological sites and monuments.EMM has a very long tradition in Moldova: it was founded in 1990, but its group of volunteers was active since 1983, when they formed the Green Movement.


One of the main activities of EMM is to inform the public at large on the problems associated with environmental conservation and protection in the Republic of Moldova in accordance with the Constitution of Republic of Moldova, the existing legislation and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


EMM acts as an umbrella organization for a total of 10 territorial branches in different districts of Moldova and 15 affiliations with more than 2,000 members. Every EMM’s territorial branch has the right to be a legal entity.


EMM’s stated goals are: to form an environmental vision and contribute to the awareness raising of citizens on this issue, to restore natural balance, to change collective mentalities for the better of the environment and greening of the society, the recovery of the environment, the restoration of cultural and spiritual ethical-moral universe by developing and implementing projects in the following areas and fields:


* Environmental education, information and training;

  • Access to information and public participation;
  • Protected areas, biodiversity, natural and cultural heritage, ecological and sustainable tourism;
  • Spiritual Ecology;
  • Development of partnerships;
  • Integrated management of water resources;
  • Advice, expertise and audit;
  • Compliance to environmental legislation and access to justice;
  • EU integration and connection to EU environmental standards; etc.


EMM’s efforts in information dissemination, public awareness, and active participation at the local level contribute to its goal of promoting civil society in the Republic of Moldova. EMM acts as an organizer and supporter of community-based projects and initiatives, thereby advocating non-governmental citizen action.


EMM’s work in the protection and conservation of the environment has been acknowledged by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and accordingly, in 1995 EMM has been admitted in IUCN. Since 2002, EMM is the Danube Environmental Forum National Focal Point in the Republic of Moldova.


EMM has implemented a series of environmental education projects, being a major player in civil society, forming public opinion on attitudes towards environmental issues and the importance of their resolution, promoting environmental education and public awareness. The implemented projects cover a wide range of topics: water, waste management, public awareness and trainings on environmental protection, educational publications, trips and demonstrative lessons. EMM is the founder of the first journal of ecology in the Republic of Moldova.


More information can be found at: www.mem.md



CAREC Kazakhstan


The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC)was founded in 2001 by the Governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, the EC and UNDP as a non-partisan, non-advocacy, not-for-profit organisation of international character.



CAREC’s missionis to assist in solving environmental problems in Central Asia. The centre fulfils this mission by promoting cooperation among non-governmental organisations, governments, businesses and other environmental stakeholders, and by supporting the free exchange of information and public participation in environmental decision-making.



CAREC is headquartered in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It has country offices in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan as well as a project office in Turkmenistan. It is an integrated part of the 5 Regional Environmental Centres network, including ones situated in Hungary (covering 15 countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey), Russia, Moldova and Georgia.



Goals and Objectives

  • To assist in the establishment of the inter-sectoral dialogue between the central and local governments, NGOs, local communities, business sector, and donor community to ensure environmental sustainability in Central Asian region;
  • To create opportunities for use and intake of the international expertise and knowledge, best practices, and advanced technologies available in the field of environmental management and sustainable development by the countries of Central Asia;
  • To enhance the role of civil society in Central Asia’s sustainable development activities.



CAREC plays the key role in promotion of the Central Asian Initiative for Sustainable Development (CAI). CAI was proposed by Central Asian governments in the process of preparation for the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. In the framework of promoting CAI principles CAREC implements the following programs:

  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Water Initiatives Support
  • Climate Change and Sustainable Energy
  • Public Initiatives Support
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Information and Capacity Building



The CAREC participates in the programmes “Environment for Europe” and “Asian-Pacific Environment and Development Programme”, contributes to EECCA Environmental Strategy, expands the local experts’ networking, disseminates the best practices, supports new phase of the Aral Sea Basin Programme, the Caspian Environmental Programme as well as other transboundary programmes implemented in the region.

Major achievements

  • Central Asian Initiative: CAI for Sustainable Development with the support of CAREC since 2002 is established as a platform for cooperation of Central Asian countries within the process “Environment for Europe”.
  • Water Initiatives Support: A new water supply methodology to ensure sustainable operation of water systems was developed and nominated as “the Best Practice” by CARNet (Central Asia Regional Network). It is practically applied in 9 small villages of Kazakhstan.
  • Education for Sustainable Development: New educational methodologies and subjects for sustainable development are practically applied in the secondary and higher education systems of Kazakhstan.
  • Environmental Management: Local Environmental Action Plans implementation manual was adopted for the Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan national conditions. Manual for implementation Environmental Impact Assessment in transboundary context for CA countries was developed.
  • Public Initiatives Support: CAREC has awarded more than 230 grants to NGOs of Central Asia since 2001. Significant support was offered to NGOs in formulation of their positions and strategies for the major regional environmental conferences.
  • Climate Change and Sustainable Energy: The Gap Analysis in the area of CC and EE in CA conducted to define opportunities for CAREC to work in CA. Based on the findings approved by the MEPs of CA countries a number of projects developed and have been implemented. In cooperation with local governments in Kazakhstan, an energy efficiency development strategy is being developed to promote investments in EE and RESs for business.



More detailed information on CAREC is available at www.carecnet.org



Association “For Sustainable Human Development” Armenia


The Association was founded in 1996. The members include representatives of a number of public organisations (Armenian Geographical Society, Armenian Republican Women's Union, The League of Armenian Women, the Fund against the Law Arbitrariness, The Scientists Union, Armenian Statistical Computer Society,) as well as individuals specialising in different fields of knowledge: ecologists, geographers, chemists, economists, psychologists, writers, journalists, engineers, etc. Six commissions work in the Association: environmental, economic, on social issues, on democracy issues, on human rights, on educational and spiritual-psychological issues, information and international relations. The Association has nine branches in different regions of Armenia.


The mission of the Association “For Sustainable Human Development is:

  • to advocate and spread in Armenia the main ideas, principles and values of sustainable development theory,
  • to promote and assist the creation of a National Council on Sustainable Development,
  • to elaborate and implement the SD Concept of the Republic of Armenia, which will underlie the National Strategy of SD,
  • to promote the formation of the corresponding mentality, push and promote activities of governmental structures, directed at development of Armenia towards sustainability.


The Association actively participated in the “Rio+5” /at national level/ and “Rio+10” /at national, regional and international levels/ processes and received accreditation to WSSD during the Prepcom II. During this process the Association prepared the Non-Governmental Assessment Report for WSSD and non-governmental Concept of Sustainable Development of the Republic of Armenia, involving the experts from non-governmental and scientific sectors. The Association was the leader organization in the project “Sustainable Cities in South Caucasian Region”. During the implementation of the project a group of experts led by the chairperson of Association K. Danielyan developed the “Guidelines on Local Agenda 21 for the cities in countries in transition (on experience of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia). The group of members of the Association, led by K. Danielyan, developed the Indicators and Index of Sustainable Human Development. The governmental bodies of Armenia (especially the Statistical Agency) and UNDP Armenia use this Index in their work and reports. The Association also participated in the elaboration of the Country report on Millennium Development Goals.


The lobbing activity was conducted in the number of roundtables at the governmental level (National Assembly, Constitution Court), in Local communities, etc. We organized many seminars at National and Regional levels, published many books and brochures. Starting from October 2001, the Association established and led the Regional Information Center on Sustainable Development for South Caucasus.


In June 2001 Association received the Status of UNEP National Committee, and in July 2004 the Status of NGO associated with UN DPI. In May 2005 it received accreditation to UNEP Governing Council. In July 2006 the Association received Special Consultative Status with the Economical and Social Council of the UN. The Association is a member of Social-Ecological Union (SEU), ANPED, European Eco-Forum, UN/NGO Regional Network for Eastern Europe & CIS, ECA NGOWGWB and co-works with UNDP, UNEP, UNDPI, UN DESA, UN NGLC, OSCE, CEE Bankwatch Network, USAID, EU TACIS, SIDA, Earth Charter International Commission, ASEED, WEDO, REC Caucasus, National Assembly of RA, Government of RA, Ministry of Nature Protection RA, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Municipalities of Yerevan, Hrazdan and others, Human rights defender of Republic of Armenia, Centre of Constitutional Rights, Aarhus centers and many NGO coalitions.


More information can be found at: http://users.freenet.am/~ashd/

Federation of Environmental Organisations of Cyprus (FEO)

The Federation of Environmental Organizations of Cyprus (NGOs) was founded in 1988 and is a network of 20 Non-Governmental Organizations in Cyprus that are active in the areas of the environment, health and culture. The Federation coordinates and supports the actions of its members as long as these actions are in accordance with the principles on which the Federation was founded. The member-organizations maintain their functional and organizational autonomy.

The mission and vision of FEO is to coordinate and support the actions of its 20 members, as well as public awareness and mobilization of citizens in environmental issues and sustainable development. In addition, the Federation participates in committees and councils while it cooperates with many other organized institutions related to the environmental field in Cyprus and abroad.

The FEO is a body officially recognized by the state (representing no political affiliation). The Federation does not constitute a political movement and takes pride in keeping its “above-party” character, pursues the goals for which it was formed, and cooperates with all political spheres that work for the environment and the sustainable development.

The FEO submits its views and positions to various Parliamentary Committees, always present at the Parliamentary Committee on the Environment meetings and represented, according to legislation, and can affect the decision made, in numerous National Committees and Administrative Councils. Worth mentioning is the participation of the Federation in the Committee for the Environmental Impact Assessment.

One of the main activities of the FEO is informing, sensitising and mobilizing the citizens in matters of the environment and sustainable development. Towards this aim, it makes its activities known to the general public, organizes exhibitions, conferences and lectures on environmental and cultural issues, participates in radio and television programmes for the promotion of its positions and informs citizens on the issues that it deals with.

In addition, the FEO participates in environmental programmes of the European Union and the Council of Europe that deal, for example, with the creation of cycling networks, the promotion of recycling, the preservation and protection of architectural and cultural heritage, and other.

The FEO is a member of International and European Environmental Organizations like the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the MedForum, the EEB (European Environmental Bureau) and the MIO-ECSDE (Mediterranean Information Office for the Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development) and it is in direct contact with the European Committee as well as with International Environmental NGOs like the WWF, Greenpeace and others.

The FEO functions according to its related Articles of Association. Each member-organization, regardless of the number of its members, appoints a representative to the Coordinating Committee for a year and the Council of the Federation is elected from the Coordinating Committee. The Coordinating Committee and the Council meet regularly and formulate and develop the positions and actions of the Federation. The actual workings of the Federation are based on the voluntary work of its members and collaborators and on its scientific personnel.

More information can be found at: http://www.oikologiafeeo.org/

Zest Youth Movement (ZYM) India

The Zest Youth Movement is a national Youth movement working to empower Children and Young people to take an active role in society and fight for their right. ZYM educates them on the basis of the values of equality, democracy, peace, cooperation and friendship. It seeks to improve the situations of youth in relation to the priority areas like Education, Employment, Hunger, Poverty, Health, Environment, Girls and Young Women, Globalization, Information and Communication Technologies, and International relations.

Child and Youth Development: Countries today dedicate too few resources to harness children’s and youth’s productive capacity. It is ZYM’s firm belief that children and youth have a strong opinion on global issues and they only need empowerment to feel their voices will be heard in society.

Education: The right to education as one of the universal indivisible and unalienable human right is an essential instrument for the enjoyment of other rights and freedoms. Education awareness alone covers 50% of ZYM’s programs because they believe that Environment Health and intercultural understanding cannot be well understood by youth if we are weak in education.

ZYM comes together to act, motivate and mobilize formative effects on the mind, character or physical ability of youth’s decent attitude, knowledge, skills, values and morals.



Ecoforum for Sustainable Development Association (ESDA) Bulgaria


The Association is one of the first Bulgarian non-governmental organizations in the field of environmental protection, which recently celebrated 26 years since its establishment. It is established by scientists and public figures from 32 countries and 12 international organizations in 1986 as Bulgarian branch of the international environmental movement of the United Nations.The Association is registered in public benefit and gathers the efforts of its members from the industry, universities and experts in variety of fields for environment protection and sustainable development.


The Association’s main goals and assignments are:

  • Preservation of the environment and sustainable development;
  • Development and support for environmental activities in the field of education, science and practice within the country and abroad;
  • Establishment of contacts and business relations with similar national and international organizations and development of active international cooperation.


The Association’s subject of activities is:

  • To gather and to disseminate information related to ecologically threatened countries and regions;
  • To support and to organize scientific researches related to the sustainable development on regional and global level, including as co-organizer in international programmes and projects, which have regard to environmental protection and sustainable development;
  • To elaborate and to implement projects, funded by the European Union, by Bulgarian and foreign governmental and non-governmental sources;
  • To develop education activities in the field of ecology;
  • To perform consultancy, publishing and other lawful activities;
  • To support and to initiate activities, aimed to strengthen the sustainable development in Bulgaria and abroad;
  • To produce expert statements;
  • To elaborate draft versions of legal documents for governmental and local authorities.


Participation in public advisory councils:

  • Supervisory Committee of Bulgarian-Swiss cooperation programme to reduce the economic and social disparities within the enlarged European Union at the Council of Ministers;
  • Inter-Institutional Council for management of the implementation of the National programme for action on environment and health 2008-2013;
  • Supreme Council on Water at the Ministry of Environment and Water;
  • Public Advisory Council at the Directorate of Central Balkan national park;
  • Civic Advisory Council at the Mayor’s Office of Sredets district of Capital city municipality.


More information can be found at: http://www.esd-bg.org.



BIOSFERA – Centre for Education, Environment and Nature Protection, Macedonia


Biosfera - Centre for Education, Environment and Nature Protection is a non-governmental organization established 1999 as an idea and initiative of group of young people willing to contribute to environment and nature protection.Biosfera members are young people with different professional background and skills that give their work a high level of both quality and motivation.


Mission

  • To create possibilities for children and youth development, through environment and nature protection activities.
  • Active participation in the process of decision making in the field of environment and nature protection.
  • Activities and initiatives for promotion of the principles of sustainable development through education and implementation.


Vision: Republic of Macedonia is implementing European standards for environment and nature protection and principles of sustainable development.


Departments for working


* Environment and nature protection

  • European integration in environmental issues
  • Local, regional and international development
  • Creative development of children and youth
  • Development of the NGO capacities
  • Sustainable development education and implementation


More information is available at: http://www.biosfera.org.mk/portal/index.php



ACT International / Pakistan

ACT International is a not-for-profit rights based national organization focusing on women, youth, children and marginalized segments of society. The organization particularly works with disadvantaged segments of society to empower communities by building peoples’ engagement, capacity and partnership focusing on women, youth and children for a better tomorrow. Organization aims to develop partnerships and innovative programmes with the support of development actors to contribute in the efforts of “Aiming Change for Tomorrow”.


Vision

Aiming for a tomorrow where everyone has opportunities


Mission

Empowering communities to recover progress and advance by building peoples’ engagement, capacity and partnership focusing women and children for a better tomorrow. We pursue this mission through

  1. Grassroots institutional development and networking with local civil society groups and organizations;
  2. Sustainable economic development that integrates livelihoods, education, health, infrastructure, environment, youth development, social cohesion and local leadership management;
  3. Child development that integrates child rights, protection and improvement of service provision to reduce neglect, abuse and exploitation;
  4. Partnerships with civil society and public sector organizations that promote harmony and cohesion amongst development partners, integration of development initiatives and accountability;
  5. Policy advocacy that integrates evidence based research on socio-economic and political issues which are directly related to sustainable development of marginalized communities especially women and children;
  6. Emergency relief services and recovery and rehabilitation initiatives that assist people affected by conflict or disaster


Program Approach

ACT International works by adopting four pronged approach which creates equilibrium amongst all the major stakeholders including a) Charity through involving philanthropists; b) Engagement of local non- government organizations; c) Public Private Partnership (PPP); d) Outreach Program for provision of service delivery; by developing an approach of area based consortiums to build partnerships and ensure integration and cohesion during the implementation of development interventions.


Our core value

  • Our mission and humanitarian values impels us to act for a better tomorrow
  • Participation for attaining ownership that leads to community empowerment
  • Transparency for making humanitarian action accountable to stakeholders
  • Equality for realizing the rights of disadvantaged and discriminated
  • Innovation for achieving excellence to up-bring the lives of marginalized
  • Responsibility for serving the underprivileged voluntarily


Programme Components

  • Social Mobilization
  • Education Programme
  • Child Protection Programme
  • Health and Nutrition Programme
  • Livelihoods Programme
  • Community Physical Infrastructure Programme
  • Youth Development Programme
  • Disaster Preparedness Programme
  • Governance
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