About Milieukontakt

Milieukontakt International

Milieukontakt International is a non-profit organization that works on concrete and sustainable solutions for (underestimated) environmental problems. For instance, Milieukontakt makes an important contribution to the cleanup and destruction of obsolete pesticides in the republics of the former Soviet Union. Another example of Milieukontakt’s work is the Green Agenda development strategy. The Green Agenda method for formulating a development strategy for rural areas, villages, and city neighborhoods, was developed by Milieukontakt over the last decade and has been carried out in more than ten countries. It is not the problems, but rather local nature and cultural history values that are central in a Green Agenda. Through cooperation with local stakeholders (residents, authorities, experts, and other concerned parties), Milieukontakt accomplishes lasting solutions.

More than a quarter century of experience

In 1988 the NGOs Milieudefensie, Friends of the Earth International, Natuur en Milieu, and WISE (World Information Service on Energy) established Milieukontakt Oost-Europa to help environmental organizations in Eastern Europe to get better organized. Milieukontakt continues to work mainly in the area that was formerly referred to as Eastern Europe: the republics of the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, the Caucasus region, and Central Asia. Milieukontakt has become more and more involved in projects in other countries, such as South Africa, Egypt, the Netherlands Antilles, and Vietnam. That is why the organization changed its name to Milieukontakt International in 2005.

Solutions

Milieukontakt works on concrete and sustainable solutions for (underestimated) environmental problems, focusing on the republics of the former Soviet Union.

Participation and Awareness  Raising

Milieukontakt believes that sustainable solutions are achieved through cooperation with local stakeholders, such as local residents, authorities, and experts. In addition, Milieukontakt raises the awareness of stakeholders concerning the responsible use of the environment and the stakeholders’ immediate surroundings.

Non-profit

Milieukontakt is an organization without a profit motive and depends on subsidies and contributions.

Partners

Milieukontakt works together with partners and clients to solve environmental problems. Among Milieukontakt’s partners are the Dutch engineering companies Tauw and Witteveen+Bos, The International HCH and Pesticides Association (IHPA), CAH Vilentum University of Applied Sciences, Green Cross Switzerland, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the UN Environmental Program (UNEP).

Support our work!

Environmental problems are not constrained by national borders. Your contribution will be applied to the improvement of the environment in all of the countries in which we work. We can put your support of our work to good use!

Milieukontakt makes an important contribution to the cleanup of obsolete pesticides in the republics of the former Soviet Union. Old stocks of obsolete pesticides are a threat to the environment and the health of people and animals in just about every country of the former Soviet Union. Rusted barrels and torn sacks of agricultural poisons lie in crumbling abandoned storage buildings. Agricultural poisons seep into the ground water and spread over large areas. Pesticide residues have even been found in the fat tissue of arctic animals. Milieukontakt helps the local populations in Moldavia, Georgia, Kirgizstan, Ukraine, and Tajikistan, among others, to collect, contain and destroy these obsolete pesticides.

In addition, your contribution will be used to solve environmental problems in our Green Agenda projects. Green Agenda is a method developed by Milieukontakt in which local NGOs, mostly in small communities, cooperate with the local population to formulate a strategy for sustainable development. This strategy is usually accepted and carried out by the local town council. We always provide the local NGOs with a small sum (seed financing) so that the problems identified in the strategies can actually be solved.

You can donate online or deposit your contribution in the bank account of Stichting Milieukontakt International, number NL49 INGB 0000 0035 03, with the notation. “donatie” (donation). For more information, please see our website or contact us at:

info@milieukontakt.nl

or phone us at +32 (0)20-5318930.

ANBI status

The Stichting (Foundation) Milieukontakt International is recognized by the Dutch tax authorities as having ANBI status. ANBI stands for Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling (an institution for public good). This means that under certain conditions you can benefit from a tax exemption when you donate to our foundation. Below you can find the requirements for determining ANBI eligibility.

The RSIN/fiscal number of Stichting Milieukontakt International is 0086.47.471. The Stichting was established on 23 June 1988 and is registered with the Kamer van Koophandel (Chamber of Commerce), number 41207719.

Office

Two project managers and a part time financial manager work in the Milieukontakt office.

Sandra Molenkamp, project manager (s.molenkamp@milieukontakt.nl)

Wouter Pronk, project manager (w.pronk@milieukontakt.nl)

André Schroer, financial manager (a.schroer@milieukontakt.nl)

 

The board of the stichting (foundation) consists of the following members:

A.T. (Bram) de Borst, chairman

W. (Willem) Hendriks, secretary

A.B.A. (André) Schroer, treasurer

The members of the board receive no financial compensation for carrying out their management functions.

Contact

Sandra Molenkamp, project manager (s.molenkamp@milieukontakt.nl)

Wouter Pronk, project manager (w.pronk@milieukontakt.nl)

Telephone: +31 (0)20-5318930

 

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