Project: 2005-2007 Kyrgyzstan Green Agenda

Posted on September 14, 2007 in Finished project, Green agenda.

2005-2007 Kyrgyzstan Green Agenda

Green Agenda in Kyrgyzstan:

Improvement of local democracy and applying sustainability in practice

Aim: To improve communication and co-operation between civil organisations, municipalities and other stakeholders in four communities in Kyrgyzstan through supporting the development of Green Agendas. The Green Agendas will improve environmental and nature conditions locally. The method will be laid down in a Manual for Green Agenda in Kyrgyzstan that will be promoted nationally

Global Scope: Kyrgyzstan: two municipalities in Osh region and two municipalities in Bishkek region

Period: from 2005-10-15 till 2007-09-14     (56)

Funder: TACIS Institutional Building Partnership Programme, Humanist Institute for Development Co-operation (HIVOS), the Netherlands

Partners: Institute for Humanitarian Projects,
Tabiyat Yug,
Kyrgyzian NGOs of Green Agenda Team

Themes: Institutional building, local co-operation, local environmental planning

Aim

The overall long-term objectives of the project are:

• To enhance sustainable local community development.

• To stimulate partnerships between citizens, (local) administration bodies and business sector through consensus seeking processes.

They will be achieved through the following specific objectives:

• To improve communication and co-operation between civil organisations, municipalities and other stakeholders in four communities in Kyrgyzstan through supporting the development of Green Agendas. The Green Agendas will improve environmental and nature conditions locally

• To develop and adopt four Green Agenda’s by four municipalities in Kyrgyzstan and implement two pilot projects based on the Green Agenda’s in all four municipalities.

• To increase citizens’ awareness of and involvement in local policies on environmental issues.
To design mechanisms for co-operation at local level between different stakeholders in Kyrgyz society.

Background

Illegal garbage dumping in Kyrgyzstan
The project aims to improve the communication and co-operation between civil organisations, local municipalities and other stakeholders in four communities in Kyrgyzstan. Through developing “Green Agendas” the communication and co-operation will lead to four plans for improving environmental and natural conditions in these communities. A major focus in the action lies on the process of defining a joint strategy and seeking consensus among stakeholders from different sectors for environmental priorities. During the project period a start will already be made to implement a part of the plans, executed by NGOs in co-operation with local authorities and business sector.

Milieukontakt and the project partners will develop the method to achieve the Green Agenda’s according to Kyrgyz circumstances. A manual will give practical guidance for other communities to implement Green Agendas. The manual and method will be tested through the project and be amended into a final version for Kyrgyzstan. A first step for co-operation with the national government and relevant organisations and institutions will be set-up through a national round table meeting on Green Agenda implementation, presenting the results of the running activities within the project. The project partners will develop plans for new Green Agenda projects. Other NGOs will be introduced and trained in the method in order to develop own local Green Agendas.

The project was designed in co-operation between Milieukontakt and a coalition of Kyrgyz environmental NGOs, during several visits of Milieukontakt representatives to Bishkek and other locations in Kyrgyzstan. A concept of the current application was worked out and presented during the Kyrgyz environmental NGO meeting in Cholpanata, April 2005, organised and supported by Milieukontakt. Besides, the substantial experience of Milieukontakt in implementing Green Agenda projects has played a crucial role. Milieukontakt has implemented Green Agenda projects in Rumania, Croatia and Russia and started to implement Green Agenda activities in Moldova in mid-2004. Milieukontakt’s assessment is that the situation and development of Kyrgyz environmental NGOs allows them to start a consensus seeking co-operation project with local authorities.

Activities

1 Assessment and Support

1.1 NGO meeting to discuss and select stakeholders to be invited to the Green Agenda Team.

1.2 Analyses of existing strategies, policy papers and practices on sustainable development and/or Local Agenda 21 in Kyrgyzstan.

1.3 Formation of the Green Agenda Team
NGOs will take the initiative, in close co-operation with the local authorities and other
stakeholders inviting stakeholders for a preparation meeting for selection of municipalities. These stakeholders will be representatives of all three sectors in society. As initiator the NGOs will be directly involved in environmental policy making on local level.

1.4 Local awareness raising actions on environmental topics. Local initiative groups in those municipalities, selected by the Green Agenda Team for implementation of the Green Agenda project and supported by the informational and PR manager, will organise local actions during which the awareness for local environmental issues is raised.

1.5 Partner meeting with participation of the Green Agenda Team and local community and NGO representatives for the municipalities selected. Methodology, strategy and working plans will be drafted and discussed. Also, a procedure for exchange of experience between the four municipalities will be worked out during the partner meeting.

1.6 First evaluation meeting with Green Agenda Team and stakeholders from all four local communities.

1.7 Publicity support meeting. The Green Agenda Team together with the information manager will gather with representatives form the four municipalities in order to work out a PR-strategy.

1.8 Second evaluation meeting with Green Agenda Team and stakeholders from all four local communities.

2 Training and Method Development

2.1 Training “Concept and methodology of Green Agenda processes” by MKO Netherlands. The Green Agenda Team will be trained by Milieukontakt (Netherlands and Croatia) and by Kyrgyz trainers/experts in sustainable development processes in order to become more acquainted with the Milieukontakt method to develop Green Agendas and with the concept of Local Agenda 21 and its possibilities in Kyrgyzstan.

2.2 Seminar “Green Agenda in Croatia” by a Croatian expert on Green Agenda processes, who participated in the implementation of a Green Agenda program in Croatia as trainer/consultant for Milieukontakt Oost-Europa.

2.3 Development of Green Agenda Manual for Kyrgyzstan. The Green Agenda Team in close co-operation with the local implementing groups will develop a manual for Green Agendas in Kyrgyzstan.

3 Implementation of Green Agendas

Institute for Humanitarian Projects from Bishkek and Tabiyat Yug from Osh will each develop two Green Agendas in two communities in their region. The following activities will be organised:

3.1 Stakeholder Analysis.
The NGOs will make an analysis of stakeholders in the local communities concerned. All stakeholders will be identified and described briefly.

3.2 Local awareness raising actions on environmental topics. Local initiative groups in those municipalities, selected by the Green Agenda Team for implementation of the Green Agenda project and supported by the informational and PR manager, will organise local actions during which the awareness for local environmental issues is raised.

3.3 Local seminars stakeholders, first round.
In each of the two regions 4 seminars, lasting one day, will be organised for representatives of local NGOs, local authorities, local institutes and other stakeholders concerned with environmental issues.

3.4 Local Working Group meetings.
Local working groups will be set up consisting of representatives of different groups. For example: local NGO, local authorities, local council, local business. These working groups will work out certain prioritised environmental issues and possible actions to undertake. Proposals form the local working groups for the Green Agenda will be discussed in two local seminars.

3.5 Development of Green Agenda – local seminars stakeholders, second round
In each of the two regions 4 seminars, lasting one day, will be organised for participants in all working groups formed. Also other representatives of local NGOs, local authorities, local institutes and other stakeholders concerned with environmental issues can participate.

3.6 Local public awareness activities
The public will be informed through media campaigns, brochures, newsletters and posters.

3.7 Adoption and publication of Green Agendas
After the first year, the local councils are expected to adopt the Green Agenda officially and agree on an implementation plan. The plan will be published in Russian and Kyrgyz.

3. 8 Local pilot project
Depending on the content of the Green Agendas least two local pilot actions will be implemented.

4 Sustainability

4.1 National Round Table Meeting for Green Agenda
The Green Agenda Team will take the lead in the organisation of a National Round Table Meeting that will develop a strategic plan for improving local sustainable development practice in Kyrgyzstan and especially for the use of Green Agendas as a tool to involve all stakeholders.

4.2 National NGO Training
Approximately 20 Kyrgyz NGOs, interested in replication of the Green Agenda concept, will be invited and trained by Kyrgyz and MKO Green Agenda trainer/experts and on the basis of the developed methodology and Manual for Kyrgyzstan. The Green Agenda Team will present the processes and results of the current action during this NGO training.

Partners: Institute for Humanitarian Projects,
Tabiyat Yug,
Kyrgyzian NGOs of Green Agenda Team

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