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Öko Institut – Institut für angewandt Ökologie - Institute for Applied Ecology

Oeko-Institut is a leading European research and consultancy institute working for a sustainable future. Founded in 1977, the institute develops principles and strategies for realising the vision of sustainable development globally, nationally and locally.

Oeko-Institut employs more than 130 staff, including more than 85 researchers at three locations in Germany – Freiburg, Darmstadt and Berlin. They complete approximately 300 projects each year, tackling both national and international issues. Work is organised around the subjects of Chemicals Management and Technology Assessment, Energy and Climate, Emission and Ambient Pollution Control, Radiation Protection, Agriculture and Biodiversity, Sustainability in Consumption, Mobility, Resource Management and Industry, Nuclear Engineering and Facility Safety as well as Law, Policy and Governance.

Based on value-oriented research, the institute provides consultancy for decision-makers in politics, industry and civil society. Our key clients are ministries and federal agencies, industrial enterprises and the European Union. In addition, the institute is commissioned by non-governmental organisations and environmental associations.

Oeko-Institut is a non-profit association. Financial resources come mainly from third-party, project-based funding. Contributions and donations made by the association’s 2,600 members – including more than 30 local authorities – guarantee independence. The institute’s annual turnover runs to some 11 million Euros.

Contact Information: 
Schicklerstr. 5-7
D-10179 Berlin
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German Union for Nature Conservation (NABU)

Founded in 1899, NABU (NATURE AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION UNION), is one of the oldest and largest environment associations in Germany. The association encompasses more than 450,000 members and sponsors, who commit themselves to the conservation of threatened habitats, flora and fauna, to climate protection and energy policy. 

NABU`s main objectives are the preservation of habitats and biodiversity, the promotion of sustainability in agriculture, forest management and water supply and distribution, as well as to enhance the significance of nature conservation in our society. 
About 30,000 volunteers play an active role in practical nature conservation work, with great success: this is something that is special to NABU. These active NABU members look after more than 110,000 hectares of valuable protected reserves in Germany. NABU also has volunteer groups working on an international level to conserve nature and combat poverty in Africa, Eurasia and the Caucasus. This work is supported by professionals at our regional offices and at our national headquarters in Berlin, who take care of public relations, project development and management and political lobbying.

NAJU, NABU’s own youth organisation, has around 75,000 young members. It is the biggest environment organisation for young people in Germany. It offers a framework for children an young adults aged 6 to 27 to protect nature and the environment.

Contact Information: 
Charité Straße 3
10117 Berlin

Women Develop Eco-Techniques (LIFE eV), Frauen entwickeln Ökotechnik


LIFE eV is an independent, nonprofit organization offering services since 1988 in the areas of education, consulting and networking. We are local, regional, nationwide and active at European and international level. We stand for diversity of ideas, dialogue and exchange. Our work focuses on current social trends and the needs of our target groups.


The structural basis of gender equity in education and employment and social decision-making is our ultimate goal.We are committed to ensuring that the proportion of women in science, technology and crafts will be enlarged and reached an equal participation of women and men in decision-making and material wealth.

We pursue the goal of sustainable development and integrate the issues of environment and climate in our offers.It is important to build bridges between our target groups for different sectors of education and life stages to improve transitions between education, training, labor market and family.

Through the use and development of new learning methods, we contribute to improving the quality of education and lifelong learning.


Contact Information: 
Dircksenstr. 47
10178 Berlin


Following the motto "Observing, Analysing, Acting", Germanwatch has been actively promoting global equity and the preservation of livelihoods since 1991. In doing so, we focus on the politics and economics of the North with their worldwide consequences. The situation of marginalised people in the South is the starting point of our work. Together with our members and supporters as well as with other actors in civil society we intend to represent a strong lobby for sustainable development. We endeavour to approach our aims by advocating fair trade relations, responsible financial markets, compliance with human rights, and the prevention of dangerous climate change.



We are an independent development and environmental organisation which lobbies for sustainable global development. For us, sustainable development means socially equitable, ecologically sound and economically stable development.



We endeavour to approach our aims by advocating fair trade relations, responsible financial markets, compliance with human rights, and the prevention of dangerous climate change. Our topics are World Trade and Food Security, Climate Protection and Adaptation, Corporate Accountability, the Financial Sector and Sustainability as well as the Financing of Development Cooperation.

Contact Information: 
Kaiserstr. 201
D-53113 Bonn

Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR) - German League for nature and Environment


The DNR - a strong alliance!

The German Nature Conservation (DNR) is the umbrella organization for nature conservation and environmental organizations working in Germany.Founded in 1950 with 15 member associations, it now includes 94 member associations at. 
Given the rapidly growing environmental problems and the multiple use demands on nature and landscape needs of nature and environmental protection more than ever a strong lobby. The DNR is this lobby, it attacks regionally, nationally and internationally on topics important here, and coordinates the activities of its member associations. The protection of nature and the environment can no longer be confined to the protection of endangered animal and plant species and the establishment of protected areas. Also, leisure, tourism and transport, urban ecology, energy and economic policies have become important fields of the DNR developed.Since many environmental problems can be solved only in international cooperation, the task of winning DNR at European level and beyond Europe's borders, more and more important.


Nature and environmental protection

The DNR has set itself the goal to preserve biological diversity, protecting the ecosystem and all its components, restore, maintain and improve the destruction and deterioration of the natural environment and to stop it.

Sustainable and environmentally-friendly economies

The DNR has set itself the goal to claim the sustainable and environmentally sound business practices within all private and public projects.

Sustainable living - and farming practices

The DNR has set itself the goal, models, approaches and solutions for sustainable living and farming practices, and to present itself to their implementation to use, especially in industrialized countries.

Contact Information: 
Koblenz-Straße 65
53173 Bonn
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Brot für die Welt, Bread for the World- Germany

"Brot für die Welt" ("Bread for the World") is a programme of help initiated by the protestant churches in Germany. It was set up in Berlin in 1959 and since then has been the responsibility of the “Diakonische Werk”, the Social Service Agency of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD). "Brot für die Welt" works jointly with local churches and partner organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe on over 1,000 projects, all of which are aimed at helping people to help themselves. The motto behind our work is “justice for the poor”. Our main areas of work therein include Food, Education and Health, Violence and Democracy and HIV/Aids.

"Brot für die Welt" regards itself as the advocate of disadvantaged people in the countries of the Southern hemisphere. This is becoming more important every day given the pace of globalisation which mostly afflicts the poor. Within the framework of our lobby and advocacy activities at national and international levels the commitment to promoting the political, economic, social and cultural rights of all people is at the centre of our efforts. Our public relations work and campaigns try to draw people’s attention to injustices and abuses in the world.

Contact Information: 
Caroline-Michaelis-Str. 1
10115 Berlin

Friends of the Earth- Finland (FoE), Maan Ystävät


Friends of the Earth Finland, established in 1996, is an environmental NGO with a social perspective. We belong to the Friends of the Earth International network, which has more than a million members in 70 countries from all over the world. Friends of the Earth from Brazil to United States, and Sierra Leone to Finland share a common vision of a more just and sustainable world.

Our scale of activities vary from grassroot level to international environmental meetings, from the streets to the cabinets. We work to halt climate change, to transform the unequal globalization process, and to promote human rights and democracy. We are also involved in development, international forest and water, as well as GMO and consumption issues. We organize snowman actions and participate in Car Free Day and Buy Nothing Day. In addition Friends of the Earth hosts a peer group for families (Children of Friends of the Earth), cultural group (Friends of the Arts and a group of people interested in community living in the countryside.

What We Do
Friends of the Earth (FoE) organizes actions, protests, debates, and lectures. We produce books, leaflets and press releases, and lobby politicians. You come across us in the streets as well as in the media. We try to create viable alternatives, such as organic food circles and exchange circles.

Our Mission
Our mission is to create a more just, equal and ecologically sustainable world. We want more local economies; to nurture the earth's ecological, cultural and ethnic diversity; to act against militaristic structures; to halt and reverse environmental degradation; and to promote human and animal rights.

Contact Information: 
Kirkkotie 6-10
20540 Turku

Verdens Skove / Forests of the World


About us

Forests of the World is an environmental organisation working to promote sustainable use of the world's forests, particularly in­ Denmark and in the rainforests of the tropics.  For over 25 years, we have been working to preserve forests resources for the benefit of local communities and the environment and climate.

This is accomplished through innovative projects with local communities in forest areas in Latin America promoting sustainable forestry and sustainable tourism.  

In Denmark and internationally we work through advocacy and campaigning. Much of our work in Denmark is carried out on a voluntary basis by our network of volunteers and supporters. 

What is our objective?

Forests of the World aims to create better conditions for nature and people alike, and therefore our projects are run in close cooperation with indigenous peoples and local communities and in coalitions with other environmental organisations. 

Alongside the projects a great deal of our efforts are dedicated to influencing the debate on environmental policy in Denmark. We strive to improve Danish environmental legislation through professional knowledge and the strength of well-founded argumentation.

Our main areas of activity are:

- Preservation of rainforests
- National Parks and protection of natural forests in Denmark
- Environmental labeling of wood (FSC)
- Development projects
- Support for indigenous peoples 
- Forests and climate change
- Public outreach, lectures and debate
- Volunteer field stays in rainforest countries

Contact Information: 
Verdens Skove Aarhus
Klostergade 34, 3. Sal
8000 Århus C

Det Økologiske Råd, Danish Ecological Council


About us

The Ecological Council (Det Økologiske Råd) is a Danish NGO founded in 1991. Our main objective is to promote a sustainable development, where environmental concerns, social justice and human well-being are main focal points. The Ecological Council is different from other Danish NGOs in the way that it is an academic organisation dealing with environmental policy on a scientific basis, but at the same time trying to inform and have a dialogue with both politicians and the general public. 

Together with other Danish environmental and development NGOs (the 92 group, see below) we follow the negotiations on climate change and reduction of emission of green house gases. We also make proposals for a more radical Danish strategy to protect the climate. We show ways to implement much more effective energy conservation, i.e. larger reductions of the energy consumption of buildings. We are members of Climate Action Network (CAN).

Contact Information: 
Blegdamsvej 4B
2200 København N

Centre for Transport and Energy (CDE)

Who are we?

Centre for Transport and Energy (CDE), the civic association is a non-profit organization that deals with the influence of transport and energy on the environment, particularly in relation to climate protection and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Major projects and activities

  • influencing transport, energy and climate policy and legislation at national and European level, with an emphasis on environmentally friendly as well as realistic solutions
  • awareness and education on climate change and its impacts
  • organizing the exchange of information between NGOs
  • and organizing international cooperation
  • participation in international negotiations, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • promotion of energy saving and renewable energy
  • processing and publishing of scientific studies

CDE is at the national level member of the network of environmental NGO Green Circle , member of the Transportation Federation and a founding member of the platform, environmental and development NGOs Climate Coalition . At the international level is a member of CEE Bankwatch Network , a network of environmental organizations in Central and Eastern Europe dealing with the activities of international financial institutions, member of Climate Action Network Europe , a European network of climate change, and a member of the international association of sustainable transport for Transport and Environment .

Contact Information: 
Czech Republic
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