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Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung / German NGO Forum on Environment and Development

German NGO Forum on Environment & Development 

Six months after the UNCED in Rio, on December 16, 1992, thirty-five organizations founded the German NGO Forum on Environment & Development in order to promote the following objectives:

  • Taking seriously the outcome of Rio and to try to do whatever possible to eradicate poverty world-wide and to protect the environment
  • Lobbying both at national and international level to implement the decisions passed in Rio, particularly Agenda 21
  • Establishing working groups which, for example, develop position papers on the most pressing issues in the Rio follow-up
  • Coordinating education and information programs
  • Increasing pressure on government and legislative bodies by joint NGO actions
  • Acting as a contact for international partners.

The major purpose of the Forum on Environment & Development is to prepare joint NGO position papers and strategies which can help open new political perspectives and coordinate the input of German NGOs into the international process. Therefore, working groups were established, in which every member organization of the Forum can participate. The Secretariat is in charge of coordination and information.

Contact Information: 
Marienstraße 19
10117 Berlin

WWF Deutschland / WWF Germany

Der World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) ist eine der größten und erfahrensten Naturschutzorganisationen der Welt und in mehr als 100 Ländern aktiv. Weltweit unterstützen ihn fünf Millionen Förderer. Das globale Netzwerk des WWF unterhält 90 Büros in mehr als 40 Ländern. Rund um den Globus führen Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter aktuell 1300 Projekte zur Bewahrung der biologischen Vielfalt durch.

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Ecologic Institute

Ecologic Institute is a transdisciplinary research organization focusing on environmental issues. In addition, the researchers at Ecologic Institute provide policy analyses and consulting services. Ecologic Institute has offices in Berlin, Brussels, Washington DC and San Mateo CA. As a private, independent institute, Ecologic Institute is devoted to the task of addressing the relevant sociopolitical questions of sustainability research and to bring new insights into environmental policy. Innovative research approaches, an orientation toward practice, and a transdisciplinary approach ensure the scientific quality and societal relevance of Ecologic Institute's work. It encompasses the whole spectrum of environmental topics, including the integration of environmental issues into other policy fields. Ecologic Institute was founded in 1995 and is a partner in the network of the Institute for European Environmental Policy and a member of the Ecological Research Network (Ecornet). Today, around 150 employees and associates are working in international and interdisciplinary project teams. Ecologic Institute is a public interest organization; donations are tax deductible.

Since its founding, Ecologic Institute has built a reputation for excellence in transdisciplinary and policy-relevant research. Through its participation in large-scale international collaborations, Ecologic Institute increases the relevance of its project results and improves communication among scientists, policymakers and the public.

Ecologic Institute also provides ongoing expert advice on emerging issues through its framework agreements with the European Parliament Consultancy for the Environment Committee Framework Contract Development Policy, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, e.g. DG Research & Innovation. The insights of Ecologic's staff provide practical ways forward for policymakers seeking to address complex challenges. Over the years, Ecologic's work has informed the decision-making processes of a wide variety of international institutions, national ministries, sub-national and local authorities and non-profit organizations.

Contact Information: 
Pfalzburger Strasse 43/44
10717 Berlin

WWF Suomi / WWF Finland


WWF Finland was founded in 1972. We are an independent part of the international WWF network.

WWF works in Finland and its surrounding areas to protect endangered animals and habitats. 

WWF protects Saimaa ringed seals, Baltic ringed seals, White-tailed Eagles and Lesser White-fronted Geese as well as many other species. We also protect traditional Finnish environments and promote the biodiversity of forests and economically and socially sustainable forestry industry.

WWF protects the Baltic Sea and Finnish inland waters by preventing eutrophication, improving oil spill response and promoting marine safety and sustainable fishing. Together with field work, political lobbying and expertise work are significant parts of WWF’s work in protecting the Baltic Sea.

We work to decrease the environmental effects of human actions, i.e. the ecological footprint. Our work includes promoting sustainable consumption and production, mitigating climate change and decreasing water consumption along with its environmental effects.

WWF Finland works to protect nature in developing countries in Asia and Africa. The objective of the work is to protect forests and the species that inhabit them, as well as to improve the living conditions of local people.

All projects of WWF Finland are parts of WWF’s international major projects in which many WWF offices participate. WWF Finland’s projects are carried out together with local WWF offices.

Environmental education and communication

It is important to share the challenges, solutions and accomplishments in nature conservation with many parties:

ordinary people, companies and political decision-makers. By communicating, we can influence people’s attitudes and practices.

WWF reaches a large number of Finns with its communication and campaigns directly and through media. In addition, WWF publishes different kinds of guides, brochures and reports, for example the widely popular Consumer’s Seafood Guide.

Nature conservation is also working together with children and young people. With environmental education, the new generation is taught to love and respect nature and understand that humans cannot survive without it.

Cooperation and fundraising

WWF cooperates with companies in order to improve their environmental responsibility. Cooperation with companies promotes the protection objectives of WWF Finland, influences the ecological footprint of companies’ operations and commits companies to promoting environmental protection.

However, the work WWF does would not be possible without the support of private individuals. The support of Finns does not only provide WWF with a significant portion of the funding for its operations but also with a mandate to influence environmental matters on a social level.

Contact Information: 
Lintulahdenkatu 10
FIN-00500 Helsinki
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ACT Alliance EU

ACT Alliance Advocacy to the European Union

Our main purpose is to promote justice and peace and the eradication of poverty by influencing European Union decision-making processes as they affect developing countries . ACT Alliance EU  pursues rights-based development from a faith-based perspective.


APRODEV was founded in 1990 in order to strengthen the cooperation between the European development and humanitarian aid organisations which work closely together with the World Council of Churches. On 1 January 2015 APRODEV, integrated its activities with those of ACT Alliance to become ACT Alliance Advocacy to the European Union or ACT Alliance EU for short. ACT Alliance EU consists of 14 member organisations with offices in 11 European countries.


In their efforts to work alongside poor, marginalised, oppressed and excluded communities of women and men, ACT Alliance EU member  agencies seek to underline the equal value and dignity of all human beings, irrespective of race, colour, sex, creed, national, ethnic or political affiliation. ACT Alliance EU  organisations believe that all human beings are created in the image of God

ACT Alliance EU member agencies  share the ecumenical understanding of development as a multifaceted and holistic concept which comprises social, cultural, spiritual, environmental, political and economic dimensions. ACT Alliance EU and its members have committed themselves to include gender dimensions and analyses in their policies, programmes and projects.


ACT Alliance EU is governed by a General Assembly which meets once a year. The General Assembly is composed of the Directors or Deputy Directors of the member organisations. The World Council of Churches (WCC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), and ACT (Action by Churches Together) Alliance are observers. A Governing Board, composed of four members of the General Assembly, with ACT Alliance as an observer, governs the daily activities of ACT Alliance EU.

Contact Information: 
Boulevard Charlemagne 28
B-1000 Bruxelles

WWF European Policy Office (EPO)

WWF’s European Policy Office was established in 1989. It is the ‘embassy’ to the European Union for the global WWF network, which is active in 100 countries. The WWF European Policy Office helps realise WWF’s mission to "stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature", by: 
- conserving the world’s biological diversity 
- ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable 
- promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption 

Mission statement: “The European Policy Office contributes to the achievement of WWF’s global mission by leading the WWF network to shape EU policies impacting on the European and global environment.” 

WWF European Policy Office works together with a network of 22 offices in Europe to ensure that the environment is taken into account in decision-making processes at EU level, through a coordinated approach to policy, communications and campaigning.

Contact Information: 
168 avenue de Tervurenlaan Box 20
1150 Brussels

Friends of the Earth Europé (FoEE )

Friends of the Earth Europe is the largest grassroots environmental network in Europe, uniting more than 30 national organisations with thousands of local groups.

We are the European arm of Friends of the Earth International which unites 74 national member organisations, some 5,000 local activist groups, and over two million supporters around the world.

What do we do?

We campaign on today's most urgent environmental and social issues. We challenge the current model of economic and corporate globalization, and promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.

We promote environmentally sustainable societies on the local, national, regional and global levels.

We seek to increase public participation and democratic decision-making. Greater democracy is both an end in itself and is vital to the protection of the environment and the sound management of natural resources.

We work towards environmental, social, economic and political justice and equal access to resources and opportunities on the local, national, regional and international levels.

What is our vision of the world?

Our vision is of a peaceful and sustainable world based on societies living in harmony with nature.

We envision a society of interdependent people living in dignity, wholeness and fulfilment where equity and human and peoples' rights are realised.

This will be a society built upon peoples' sovereignty and participation. It will be founded on social, economic, gender and environmental justice and free from all forms of domination and exploitation, such as neoliberalism, corporate globalization, neo-colonialism and militarism.

What are our core values?

  • Ecological and cultural diversity
  • Peoples' sovereignty, human and peoples' rights
  • Equity and environmental, social, economic and gender justice
  • The intrinsic value of nature and the inextricable link between nature and people
  • Participatory democracy and other forms of participatory decision making processes
  • Solidarity, responsibility and human dignity
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WWF Denmark

Med mere endfem millioner medlemmer på tværs af fem kontinenter, med flere end 100 kontorer i verden, over 4000 medarbejdere og mere end 1000 aktive projekter til bevarelse, spiller WWF en vigtig rolle i det globale miljø.

WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), blev grundlagt i september 1961. Der var omfattende ødelæggelse af Afrikas natur, der inspirerede den britiske biolog Sir Julian Huxley til at tage dette initiativ. I dag er WWF er en af de strste og mest respekterede uafhængige miljøorganisationer.

WWF driver en meget aktiv indsats på mange områder - bag skrivebordene, i laboratorier, i magtens korridorer og ved de internationale forhandlingsborde.

Contact Information: 
Svanevej 12
2400 København NV
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Verdens Skove - Forests of the World

Forests of the World is an environmental organisation working to promote sustainable use of the World’s forests, particularly the rainforests of Latin America and the native Danish forests. For more than 25 years we have been working to preserve forest resources for the benefit of nature and of local and global communities alike.

Forests of the World promotes sustainable tourism and forestry practices through innovative projects with local forest dependent communities in several Latin American countries.

The indigenous peoples of Latin America who have called the forests their home for generations have inalienable rights to those forests. In Forests of the World we know that forest conservation is not likely to be effective or sustainable, or even fair, if it happens at the expense of local, forest dependent communities. Our projects are carried out in close cooperation with indigenous peoples and local environmental organisations. 

A substantive part of our work, in Denmark as well as internationally, consists of advocacy and campaigning. In Denmark, much of our work is carried out by our network of volunteers and supporters.

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92-Gruppen (Danish 92-Group)

The Danish 92 Group is a coalition of 23 Danish NGO's working on issues related to the environment and development. The group was established in 1991 with the mandate of coordinating the Danish NGOs' preparations for the United Nation's Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, 1992. 

Today the Danish 92 Group is working on the follow-up of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg  2002, the Rio+20 UN conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 and related issues on sustainable development at both national and international level.Activities include joint actions on advocacy, lobbying and information activities coordinated in different thematic working groups. Currently the secretariat of The Danish 92 Group is based at CARE Denmark. Areas of work include:

  • The political process on Sustainable Development, e.g. United Nation's Commission on Sustainable Development and World Summit on Sustainable Development.

  • Multilateral environmental conventions, such as the conventions on climate change, biodiversity, desertification, and persistent organic pollutants.

  • The post-2015 development agenda, the Millennium Development Goals and Denmark's international work on development and enviroment.

  • CSR and sustainable investments.

  • The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the linkages between trade, environment and development.

Contact Information: 
c/o WWF
Svanevej 12
2400 Copenhagen
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