Project: 2002-2004 Central Asia towards sustainability

Posted on August 31, 2004 in Capacity building, Finished project, Public Participation.

2002-2004 Central Asia towards sustainability

Towards sustainability and cooperation in Central Asia

Aim: Strengthening the capacity of the national environmental NGO network Kazakhstan Ecoforum, and extending its radius of action to other Central Asian countries.

Global Scope: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

Period: from 2002-01-01 till 2004-08-31     (26)

Funder: Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (HIVOS)
Netherlands Organisation for International Development Cooperation(NOVIB)

Partners: Ecoforum and other NGOs in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

Themes: Capacity building, network development, international cooperation, water, nuclear waste

Aim
Aim of the project is to extend the power and outreach of existing environmental NGOs in Kazakhstan and to transfer their knowledge and experience towards other Central Asian countries. This is achieved through:
• support in organising a practical network with supporting facilities for NGOs throughout Kazakhstan;
• increasing knowledge and experience of Central Asian environmental NGOs in the field of campaigning, lobbying, fundraising and environmental legislation;
• transfer of knowledge on democratic procedures and strategic planning within environmental organisations in Central Asian;
• stimulating interregional contacts and exchange of expertise between NGO-representatives in the different Central Asian republics;
• stimulating contacts and co-operation with (local) administration and governmental bodies.

Background
During execution of the previous Milieukontakt programme, the Coordinating Council of the Kazakh Ecoforum has taken several strategic decisions. The first one is to conduct three national campaigns: one on water-issues, one on issues of nuclear waste and one against forrest logging. The Ecoforum decided to establish a Resource Centre of the Ecoforum, in order to support the execution of the campaigns and in order to maintain effectiveness of the Ecoforum network and to extend their network towards other countries of Central Asia in order to take joint action on transboundary issues. Through starting national campaigns, the existing network of NGOs will become active in practice and working relationships will take shape. NGOs throughout the country already focus on issues as drinking water, clean river policies, industrial pollution, nuclear safety, etceteras. These NGOs will deliver input for the national campaigns. Additional skills and activities (analytic activities, creating databases, forming a network, lobbying, contacting international organisations and networks) will be facilitated from the Resource Centre. The Resource Centre will function as a national facilitating office. Local NGOs can join the campaign, conducting their own activities at local level, but using research, printing materials and PR-support form the national office. In this way the Ecoforum will remain an open structure, with possibilities for local NGOs to take part in campaigns, without losing their own identity.

Within this program Milieukontakt wants to: a) identify new and solid partners in the region; b) support some of these partners in organisational and institutional development; c) support and stimulate cooperation by implementing joint activities; d) support Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan NGOs to give a local follow-up to networking activities on transboundary topics.

Activities
– Providing funding, training and advice for the creation of the Resource Centre of the Kazakh Ecoforum;
– Support meetings of the Coordinating Council of the Kazakh Ecoforum;
– Organise thematic working group meetings on campaigning topics (campaign against import of nuclear waste, campaign against forest logging);
– Supporting local campaign activities;
– Organise international (Central Asian) – conferences on transboundary topics and national follow-up meetings;
– Support court case trials on topics of environmental legislation (access to information and public participation in decision making).

Partners: Ecoforum and other NGOs in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

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