Tag: Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia



Ecoclub - a non-governmental environmental organization, based in Rivne, Ukraine. 
Ecoclub was founded in January 1994 and registered in 1998.
      Ecoclub goal - protecting the environment through energy efficiency, environmental protection, public information work and practical environmental activities. Among the tasks of awareness of the possibilities of fully renewable energy, education students and citizens on environmental projects to promote environmental protection, and thus increasing the interest and public participation in solving environmental problems.  
    Ecoclub also serves as a representation WISE / NIRS in Ukraine and is a regular active member of the Ukrainian anti-nuclear movement.We want to prevent the construction of new nuclear reactors in Ukraine.
Contact Information: 
ul. Vidin 39, kab.310
33018 Rivne

Youth Ecological Centre of Tajikistan

Youth EcoCenter – Public social-ecological organization, whose mission is «Improving environmental condition by more sustainable use of natural resources and creating alternative livelihoods for local communities»

The Youth Ecological Center (YEC) was established in 1997 by teachers, scientists and students as public organization to protect ecological rights of citizens and distribute independent ecological information.

Currently, YEC operates in Dushanbe and rural areas of Tajikistan covering such issues as secure livelihoods, climate change adaptation, awareness raising about sustainable development. YEC is currently implementing a range of projects aimed at development of Local Action Plans, formation of demonstration plots for farmers, construction of solar greenhouses and energy saving stoves, establishment of compost producing centers, introduction of drip irrigation, introduction of draught resistant crops and protection of knowledge of native population.

YEC takes an active part in the National policy decision making process which is linked to renewable energy sources and climate change adaptation.   YEC participates in discussions on development of National Communication for the UN Framework  Climate Change Convention , proposals for implementation of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) in Tajikistan, is an active member and organizer of the Tajik Climate Network that unites public and expert circles dealing with climate change and environment protection.

Contact Information: 
Nosir Mukhammad st 13
734 024 Dushanbe

Little Earth


«Little Earth» - is the environmental organization formed in 1997 by a group of young activists. This is a voluntary, self-steered, non-commercial, “green” organization. In December 2007 organization reformed, got the new registration and name - “Little Earth” (Previous name – “For the Earth”).
The key mission of the organization is “make people more susceptible to environmental issues and enhance their role and participation in sustainable development”.
"Little Earth" is a member of the International Social Ecological Union and the associative member of the Youth and Environment Europe.

What is our vision?
We believe that core changes of the society are required regarding the environmental priorities. People shall stop production and consumption structures targeted against nature. Little Earth is struggling for cultural and biological diversity.
Our key instruments for people to act demanding environmental and social justice at the local and global levels we consider to be the development of grassroots organizations and groups, as well as decentralized networks, strengthening of solidarity and education and providing alternative technologies and skills for local communities. Little Earth stirs up the community groups, provides information to the public, involves NGOs in decision-making on various environmental issues, and has taken part in lawmaking initiatives.


Today the organization continues its work with a number of key programs.



Climate change campaign
Climate change campaign launched in 2006 aimed to increase public awareness about this issue and promote related information and publications, and to assist lobbing activity.
In 2006 with support from CAREC, 100 education kits (5 posters, manual for teachers and video disk) on climate change where produced in Tajik language and disseminated among the schools. Little Earth participated in lobbing campaign forKyoto protocol ratification and helped to develop positions and recommendations of environmental NGOs to the government on climate change issues. Today Little Earth is moderating the e-mailing list devoted to climate change policy development and related issues (within the project of Youth Ecological Center), providing training for teachers and NGO, and working on climate change policy level.



Little Earth support Network of Tajikistan NGOs on climate change issues.

Contact Information: 
Postbox 329
734001 Dushanbe

WWF - Russia


Climate Programme

Russia is the 4th largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the China, United States and India. Greenhouse gases are the main factor of human-induced climate change, which results in global warming and weather chaos worldwide and a sharp increase in number and scale of dangerous hydrometeorological events. The Arctic tundra and permafrost area, which occupies about 60% of the total area of Russia, will become the region most affected by global warming.

WWF-Russia Climate Program is aimed at curbing global CO2 emissions and helping ecosystems adapt to new climate patterns.

Thanks to efforts of progressive forces, including WWF and other non-government organizations Russia has ratified the Kyoto Protocol, which is a major agreement on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, raising energy efficiency and cutting energy consumption. Currently we are in next stage of a new global agreement to be agreed by the end of 2015 to enter into force by 2020. It must be ambitious to lead to climate change limitation at the level of well below 2 degrees Celsius of global warming above pre-industrial level.

WWF leads an active information campaign on adoption of global target of climate change limitation at the level of well below 2 degrees Celsius. This is request to global and Russian energy development to reduce emissions properly to keep climate safely for ecosystems and human being by energy efficiency and renewable energy, which has to become main global source .

Contact Information: 
Nikoloyamskaya st.19 building 3
109240 Moscow
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Russian Socio-Ecological Union

The Socio-Ecological Union (SEU) serves as an umbrella group for over 250 independent non-governmental organisations and groups from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and the United States of America.

The organisation of the Socio-Ecological Union, is aimed at maximising the "cooperation of the intellectual potential, material and financial means, and organisational possibilities of the Union's members for the preservation of nature and the protection of living beings; for the protection and revival of mankind's natural and cultural heritage; for the protection of human's physical and mental health; and for guaranteeing a safe environment and sustainable development."

The SEU was established in 1988 as a voluntary association of environmental groups active at regional, city, and district levels, and of various legal status's. These groups are extremely diverse, from teams of radical environmental activists to associations of environmentally-minded officials; from nature-clubs for school children to independent research laboratories; from societies of victims of radioactive pollution to conservation organisations planning national parks. The members are united by devotion to practical environmental action, a spirit of openness, cooperation and freedom of information, and the deep belief that we have one planet and the environment cannot be divided by national borders.

The SEU's activities include:


  1. Environmental monitoring:
    • Radiological monitoring in regions surrounding military plants and cities;
    • Dioxin-pollution monitoring in regions surrounding paper-plants, and chemical-pollution monitoring in several regions of Russia and Uzbekistan; and
    • Monitoring the management of boreal forests by Russian and multinational timber companies;
  2. Protection of biological diversity and the management of protected areas:
    • A Bio-diversity Conservation Centre (BCC) programme was designed to facilitate long-term survival of nature reserves in the CIS countries;
    • The first private nature reserve was established in Amur region to save nesting habitat of rare crane species; and
    • Designated and established many protected areas.
  3. Non-governmental environmental-impact assessments of several energy projects were managed by SEU experts.
  4. The SEU is also active in environmental education, sustainable development issues, environmental aspects of local self-government, development of new environmentally sound technologies, and military conversion issues, among others.
Contact Information: 
PO Box 211
121019 Moscow

International Socia-Ecological Union

The Socio-Ecological Union is the only international ecological organization born in the USSR. In the middle of 2000,  the Socio-Ecological Union brought together more than 25 thousand people from 19 countries of Europe, Asia and North America.

The Union participates in a number of conferences, projects and campaigns concerning the environment and ecological change each year.

Contact Information: 
PO Box 211
121019 Moscow

Greenpeace Russia


A Greenpeace office in our country was established in 1989 and since 1992 we call ourselves/were given a name of Greenpeace Russia. In 2001 our branch was opened in Saint Petersburg.

In Russia Greenpeace campaigns:

to save the last remaining spots of intact nature,

to confront nuclear dangerto eliminate threats of chemical and genetic contamination,

- to save forests and Lake Baikal.

The goal of our work is to decrease the threat of new Chernobyl type accidents and prevent Russia from becoming an international radioactive dump.

Contact Information: 
Leningradsky prospekt, 26/1
125040 Moscow

Friends of the Baltics

Friends of the Baltics (FB)  NGO was established in 1994. More than 300 teachers, students and other residents of the Gulf of Finland coasts (Russian part) are involved with the FB projects and programs. FB activists work in St.Petersburg and small towns and villages on the South and North shores of the Gulf: Lomonosov, Lebyazhye, Sestroretsk, Kipen, Primorsk, Pavlovsk and others.


Friends of the Baltic (FB) mission

- Creation of effective system for popular environmental education of children and adults, for forming environmentally sound life stile and promotion of sustainable development of the region.
- Methodological and organization support of youth initiatives in the sphere of nature protection and sustainable development;
- Development of cooperation between teachers (methodical and experience exchange) and youth eco-groups (common actions and accompanying work) around the Gulf of Finland and in the Baltic region in the whole;
- Forms of activity: collection, publication and distribution of environmental information and educational materials; organizing seminars, conferences, trainings, youth environmental expeditions and camps, public actions.

Current projects and programs of FB:

- Development of the network of local grass-root organizations, teachers and young leaders, working on the learning and protection of local nature values, development of the River Watch network within the CCB activity;
- Promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy;
- Supporting local initiatives for sustainable development;
- Promotion of environmental rights and public participation; - Green consumerism.

Contact Information: 
P.O.box 21, Chebyshevskaya 14/1
198504 Petrodvorets-St.Petersburg


Ecodefense! is an international, non-governmental, non-profit, environmental organization founded in 1990 in Kaliningrad (former Koenigsberg) Russia. We stand on principles of deep ecology and biocentrism, combined with social responsibility and justice. We work to inform and involve more ordinary citizens in environmental and social activity through the organizing of educational events, environmental campaigns, non-violent direct actions and the spreading of environmental information. We are working to stop violations of human rights, and insists that the rights to a healthy environment and information are fundamental rights that must be available for every single person.


The Climate Change Threat

Paying attention to the growing threat of climate change, Ecodefense! started related activity in 1994. Some months before the United Nations Climate Summit [in Berlin], we organized the 'Climate Tour' in the ex-USSR, together with other European environmental groups. 

Contact Information: 
Moskovsky prospekt 120-34
236006 Kaliningrad

Greens Movement of Georgia


The Greens Movement of Georgia is an organization aiming to protect the environment, to promote sustainable development, to discourage technocratic and utilitarian treatment of nature, to establish ecologically safe technologies and to promote solidarity and peace between people.


The Greens Movement of Georgia was established in 1988, and now has 46 local groups all over Georgia. It is a democratic popular movement without ties with any religious and political parties.


FoE Georgia also conducts practical activities such as tree planting, clean-up actions, public awareness raising projects, media, policy and legislative work and the development of ecologically safe technologies. We are working to stop the import of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the country, prohibiting the construction of a toxic waste recycling factory, and implementing sustainable development projects with international partners.

Contact Information: 
55, Kandelaki str.
0160 Tbilisi


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