Tag: Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia

Eco Club Lore (ECL) Экологический клуб Лоре

Mission “We turn ideas into actions for the ecological harmony, health and prosperity of people and the future generations”.

Founded in January 1999, with limited permanent staffing but continuous volunteer support Lore E.C has a fruitful 14 years experience of implementing effective projects in environmental and health issues. As a result of our work we could gain an important asset - Lore E.C. and its staff are well known and respected by the local community and this fact puts great share during effective implementation of projects.

During almost a 14 we have implmented a number of projects aimed at environmenal conservation, better management of water and natural resources, ecological educational projects aimed at raising environmental awareness and responciviness of local population, various projects dealing with health and hygiene, projects with pilot aplication of best practices in ecological management, protection of woodlands and projects in low income comunities aiming at alleviation of extreme poverty and reaching environmental sustainability.  

Contact Information: 
62 Kamo St, Stepanavan, 1905
Armenia
AM

Ural Ecological Union (UEU)/ Уральский экологический союз

Mission : Protect the rights of citizens to a clean environment

Goal: Promote environmental improvement in the Ural Region,  sustainable development issues through environmental education, the implementation of environmental projects, carrying out independent examinations of legislative activity, lobbying governments on environmental protection and sustainable development

Contact Information: 
23-903 Mira str. 620049 Yekaterinburg
Russia
RU

Centre of Environmental Solutions (CES)

Center for Environmental Solutions  - a non-profit non-governmental agency established in Belarus in 2009 to promote the eco-friendly lifestyle and the principles of sustainable development, the development of international cooperation in order to preserve the environment.

The main areas of our work - energy efficiency and conservation, chemical safety, recycling of resources, green consumption, organic agriculture.

Events Energy campaign promoting the principles of energy conservation and maximum use in agriculture and production of renewable energy.

The campaign was created and operates a unique mobile exhibition Journey to the largest power plant in Belarus , held information events, promotions, international summer camps and festivals.

Campaign is to complement the Energy School Project for Application of Resources and Energy (SPARE) , including education in the field of energy conservation and renewable energy sources for teachers and school administrators, students and their parents, along with the introduction of a variety of practice-oriented measures for energy conservation in schools and homes.

As part of the Campaign for Sustainable Resource Management CED staff are addressing urgent problems with waste management and sustainable use of resources. We actively promote the idea of separate waste collection, recycling and the concept of zero waste (Zero Waste).

Problems in the presence of chemical goods and products, electronic waste, persistent organic pollutants, the problem of waste incineration has been Antitoxic campaign , which was created to raise awareness of the issue in the management of chemicals and wastes in Belarus and the search for solutions to these problems.

As part of this campaign and campaign for Sustainable Resource Management created the Public Information Centre on Waste and Chemicals , which collects and disseminates relevant information on these issues.

Green consumption - a project that promotes environmentally friendly lifestyle, actively working with customers on the problem binge. The project we are implementing positive practices of consumption, conduct informational events, promotions, themed creative competitions. Project website:www.greenconsumption.org .

Within the campaign for organic agriculture we popularize methods of sustainable agriculture that do not involve the use of pesticides and / or chemical fertilizers.The campaign organized educational seminars for farmers produced information materials and is working on the creation of organic market in Belarus.

CED activities funded through partnership projects with various international environmental organizations, financial support from foundations and donations of citizens.

Contact Information: 
220029, Minsk, Masherova 9-1\1
Belarus
BY

Ukrainian Youth Climate Association (UYCA)/Українська молодіжна кліматична асоціація (УМКА)

A thousand miles journey begins from a single step, as prominent changes in society up-scale from grassroots initiatives. The shift from disastrous economics of growth to sustainable development requires fundamental changes in our social structures. Weak hierarchies have to be replaced by strong polycentric governance networks, while deep understanding of complex socio-ecological challenges, active civic engagement and creativity are vital elements of this change. Ukrainian Youth Climate Association is a dynamic platform for development and interaction of sustainability change agents. We facilitate multi-stakeholder cooperation over pressing environmental issues and create opportunities for active youth from all-over the country to kick-start their own sustainability projects. Working with like-minded partners we expand our knowledge, share best practices and create a better Ukraine with our own hands. Our aim for 2015 is to bring up a critical mass of youth capable to facilitate shift towards governance mechanisms and lifestyle choices that effectively tackle global environmental change and continuously strengthen social-ecological resilience. Our instruments are our projects: Take and make (or wake and bake) The campaign of practical eco-interventions: start a project to make your city better, people – happier and planet – safer. Web-site: http://take-and-make.org.ua/ PowerShift Educational and practical forum, aimed at shift of power to communities and implementation of practical projects for climate mitigation and adaptation. Web-site:http://powershift.org.ua/#!/ Sustainable lifestyles: a pathway to healthy planet Low-carbon lifestyles experiment for Ukrainians. The first wave will be introduced in spring, 2013. Sustainable livelihoods We work with educational institutions, communities and companies to create best practices of collaborative transition to sustainability – helping to create tool-libraries, eco-lofts ect. Contacts: Activists – Sergiy Yefimov (093) 762-46-49  golossxe@gmail.com Partners – Inna Datsiuk (063)155-19-32  inna.datsiuk@gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/umkaukraine

Contact Information: 
Grygorenka 1a st., app 111.
02068 Kyiv
Ukraine
UA

Ecoproject

 

NGO “Ecoproject” is a non-governmental organization of scientific experts, managers and public supporting sustainable development and stakeholder participation in Belarus. Areas of interests and actions of the Ecoproject include sustainable urban/rural development, environmental education (school, high education, adults), water and biodiversity governance, energy efficiency and others. Ecoproject is a National Focal Point for CEEweb for Biodiversity, a NGO network in the Central and Eastern Europe promoting biodiversity conservation through sustainable development,  a member of the Climate Action Network – international association of NGO for climate actions.

The current activities of Ecoproject include: training course for schoolchildren in Mahilioŭ “COOL Hours. How to live sustainable” focusing on healthy life style, waste recycling, pollution in the city, social development and justice, local geography, traditions and handicrafts; EC TEMPUS “Environmental Governance for Environmental Curricula (EnGo)” analysing improvement of the university education for environmental professionals; EU-funded “Support to emerging multi-level governance in Belarus: Capacity building for sustainable housing” supporting development of sustainable strategies with focus on aspects of energy efficiency in housing sector for small Belarusian towns (Baran, Zheludok, Lida and Chaussy); international RESET project on urban sustainability, public participation and urban horticulture.

NGO “Ecoproject” is officially registered in 2000, includes 3 member of (part-time) administrative staff, 43 registered members and volunteers participating in the projects. 

Contact Information: 
Papernyansky peasant council in
Vishnevka Street Eastern, 8
Belarus
BY

Countries Must Commit at Warsaw to put numbers on the table in 2014

Friday, June 14, Bonn – Germany:  Climate Action Network called for nations to agree a 2014 deadline for releasing their new carbon pollution reductions pledges before the close of the main climate talks in Warsaw this November.

The call came as the latest round of talks closed in Bonn today having made incremental progress on the shape of a comprehensive climate deal to be agreed in 2015.  But Greenpeace UK political advisor Ruth Davis said a deadline for pledges was vital for the negotiations to remain on track.

“This deadline is needed partly to give enough time to assess the pledges against the latest climate science, and partly so that countries can compare their efforts,” Davis said. “Having enough time to negotiate these targets is vital to avoiding the kind of last minute scramble that made the 2009 Copenhagen summit such a disaster.”

These negotiations were held against a backdrop of the worst-on-record flooding in Eastern Europe and extreme weather in the US. German and New York officials stated this week that they would spend billions fortifying their cities against future extreme weather, showing that the costs of climate change are already being tallied in rich countries as well as poor.  

With climate change already impacting millions across the world, the Climate Action Tracker initiative said this week current pledges put the world on track for 4 degree C warming. This would result in devastating impacts for the planet and its people.

With that in mind, Lina Li, from Greenovation Hub in Beijing, said the Bonn talks failed to make major progress on an international mechanism to cover the loss and damage caused to communities by the effects of climate change. Also missing in action was substantial progress on the review  which would assess whether the agreed global temperature limit of 2 degrees Celsius was adequate.

Areas for substantial discussion in Warsaw include the thread that pulls the climate negotiations together: financial support for developing countries to adopt a low carbon development strategy that reduces emissions and helps them adapt to climate impacts. 

“While most countries have shown a cooperative spirit in the talks so far this year, the Warsaw negotiations will be a test of whether this can be maintained as we move towards more substantial discussions,” Li said.

Dorota Zawadzka-Stępniak, from WWF Poland, said the Polish government needed to invite the holders of the purse strings - finance ministers - to Warsaw to discuss real commitments to increasing financial pledges.

“For the Polish presidency to be a success, Poland must stop blocking enhanced climate action in the EU and adopt a progressive attitude towards its domestic climate and energy policy,” Zawadzka-Stępniak said. “We need to embrace a low carbon pathway and make a strategic shift in the Polish energy system in order to be a credible partner in the negotiations.”  

Contact:

Ria Voorhaar
International Communications Coordinator
Climate Action Network – International
mobile: +49 157 3173 5568

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No love lost on Russia as climate talks delayed for fifth day

                 

Climate Action Network (CAN) has slammed blocking moves by Russia which have stalled progress during the first week of the UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. 

 
CAN - a network of over 850 NGOs all working together to combat climate change -  voted to give Russia the nation the weekly fossil award for the country which does the most to block progress in the talks a day early.
 
Kaisa Kosonen, senior political adviser from Greenpeace International, said so far five days have been wasted as Moscow insisted the rules on agreeing laws in the UN climate process be discussed  - meaning many negotiation sessions could not begin -  and all efforts at compromise so far have been blocked.  
 
“It’s in everybody’s interest that the rules of the game are respected, but frankly, the Russians broke the rules first by pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol and by not taking any climate action even though they are a major emitter,” Kosonen said. 
 
Moscow’s actions seem to stem from their anger over the way their objections to the Doha Decision - which quite rightly removed tons of poor quality emissions permits from the system -  at last year’s major climate talks was ignored. 
 
However, governments have as few as five negotiating sessions left before the 2015 climate agreement has to be signed.  This behavior derails progress towards this deadline. 
 
It comes as science finally re-enters these political negotiations with the kick off of the First Periodical Review to measure the adequacy of and the progress towards the global agreement to limit temperature rise to 2 degrees C.
 
Scientists told country delegates that the 2 degree limit was still achievable - but its clear there remains a huge gulf between the action governments have currently committed to and what the world needs. 
 
Furthermore, with deadly climate impacts already being felt around the world and the carbon concentration breaking through the 400 ppm landmark, scientists said the world is currently experiencing the “worst-case climate change scenario” envisaged by the IPCC in 1990. 
 
The kind of progress that Russia is blocking includes workshops that would help developing countries do more on climate. For example, unable to proceed are:
 
  • a workshop designed to help developing countries prepare and implement emissions reduction targets
  • efforts to help developing countries implement forest related emission reduction efforts more effectively
 
This process has the real potential to change lives on the ground by agreeing a global agreement that provides assistance to countries looking to use technology to adapt to the impacts of climate change and reduce their emissions, but right now the interests of a few are holding back its potential to move forward. 
 
Contact:
For more information or for one-on-one interviews with the NGO experts, please contact Climate Action Network International’s communications coordinator Ria Voorhaar on +49 (0) 157 317 35568 or rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org
 
About CAN: The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of roughly 850 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working to promote government and individual action to limit human0induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. 
 
About Fossil: The Fossil of the Day awards were first presented at the climate talks in 1999, in Bonn, initiated by the German NGO Forum. During United Nations climate change negotiations (www.unfccc.int), members of the Climate Action Network (CAN), vote for countries judged to have done their 'best' to block progress in the negotiations in the last days of talks.
 
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In Hot Pursuit of the SBI

FCCC/CP/1996/2...*sigh*...is a document close to ECO’s heart! While there is no denying that clear rules of procedure – finally formally adopted and adhered to – would be an important development, ECO should be forgiven for doubting the sincerity of the sudden, but independent, interest of Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine in the matter. 

ECO has been around since 1972 (if you forgot to send us a birthday present this year, see yesterday's issue for some suggestions). However, one’s institutional memory need not stretch that far back. In fact, one only needed to be in Doha, to understand where our scepticism comes from. 

Russia, Belarus and Ukraine opposed the overwhelming consensus on a COP decision in Doha. But their reasons were completely different from those of Bolivia's similar objections in Cancun. Bolivia objected a COP decision on the grounds that the deal on the table was not ambitious enough. ECO notes a clear difference here. In Doha, Parties made progress on improving the environmental integrity of the Kyoto Protocol by getting rid of some of the hot air in the system. ECO was delighted with this development as – after all – important things in this process (emissions, hot air, the gap in financing commitments) are supposed to go down and not up. But Russia, Belarus and Ukraine did not agree. In fact, a number of targets that were on the table in Doha from the economies in transition would have increased the total amount of hot air in the system.

There have been ample opportunities to discuss ways forward on the rules of procedure – the Mexico and PNG proposal being a prime example – and ECO does not remember strenuous and vocal support from the current proponents back then (in fact, Russia seemed more interested in its other proposal to amend Art. 4.2(f) of the Convention). So why raise concern now?    

Improving decision making procedures in the UNFCCC is appreciated. And if Russia, Belarus and Ukraine want to help, ECO encourages them to team up with Mexico, PNG and others to make real progress on this issue at COP19.  Even better, there is already a place holder on the provisional agenda for the COP to discuss it! A fast-start step towards improving procedures would be to get on with the SBI work now. Though the negotiations and their rules may seem surreal to some, climate change is very real to millions across the planet, and there is strong consensus that we need urgent action.

 

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COP 18: a transition

Andrey Zhelieznyi, Ukraine
The National Ecological Centre of Ukraine (NECU)

COP18 in Doha was literally a transition event – defining the track of further climate change fight and if the world is ready to act toward a common goal. Actions on commitments accepted here will determine if we will stay below the 2C warming range in the next five to eight years.

Hospitable Qatar accepted nearly 17 000 people, inspired to see big accomplishments from all over the world. In fact, politicians, governors and civil society were all full of hope, wanting to abolish 'old' legal agreements for emission reduction and agree to a new plan of reaching a fair and legal global deal.

Action on the prevention of anthropogenic emissions in the atmosphere has become vital for the survival of humanity in the way that we know today. But what we saw during two weeks of international negotiations was that both north and south clashed on non-negotiable survival. Basically, environmental topics became big political aspects and were not even economical. Every party in the negotiations resisted taking the lead, despite their available capability in many cases.

Consensus on global agreement is required. I'm asking myself if we really need formal agreements on paper with weak targets or how to urge the world to take on domestic mitigation activities beyond international agreements. I’m still not sure what the right answer is. To mobilize political will and follow the only ambitious plan is the only way.

Large number of civil society representatives joined together to make their voices heard, to voice concerns to decision makers about the world they expect to live in. We bring a lot of environmental and social issues to the climate agreement agenda but this is not enough. We have to continue our work further to ensure that voices are heard.

This year’s UNFCCC negotiations have come to an end with the world at a crossroads. There is only one right way, but the question remains: how much we will need to adapt if we don’t choose the right path now? 

A Hot Blast of Hot Air from Doha Delivers Fossils to Poland and Russia

 

The First Place Fossil is awarded to Poland. Back home in Poland, Environment Minister Korolec, revealed the country's position on the Doha talks -  claiming the carryover of AAU credits is NOT a priority issue, but that the length of the second commitment period and the obligations contained in the Kyoto Protocol are. We should remind the minister that carryover of AAUs influences the level of ambition in CP2. 

Moreover, Poland does not want to give up even one tonne of their huge surplus of AAU emission allowances to contribute to the environmental integrity. Why? Warsaw believes their AAU surplus is a strictly national issue. Hello…!! Carbon emissions know no national borders and the issue is a key element of the CP2 negotiations!

The Second Place Fossil of the Day goes to Russia. The Russian vice Prime Minister confirmed on Wednesday following ministerial talks that the country will not sign on to the Second Commitment Period of the Kyoto Protocol. Next week, Russia will announce its emissions reduction targets, but they will not be attributed to the Second Commitment Period, which Russia strongly opposes. This also means that Russia will lose the chance to take part in JI (Joint Implementation) projects in the future, something that the country was striving to be involved with. This will have a negative effect on both the economy and low-carbon development in Russia.

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