11 winners of the Contest of Ecological Initiatives announced

Eleven civil society organizations are planning to implement ideas for improving the quality of the environment in Belarus. The environmental initiatives competition was held in Belarus from August 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018 within the framework of the “EcoMonitoring” project [1], which is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources. The purpose of the Contest is to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to fully participate in the decision-making process on environmental issues and to support specific measures for environmental protection and sustainable development.

According to the Regulation on the Contest, organizations have tried their hand in such areas as waste management, rational use of natural resources, ecotourism, biodiversity conservation, improving air quality, using renewable energy sources, developing environmental education.

During the Contest, the project staff conducted 36 individual consultations, more than 100 telephone consultations, and 6 training seminars in all regional cities of Belarus on the preparation of applications for participation in the Contest. As a result, 136 applications were received from 93 regions of the country. Applications were evaluated by a specially created commission.

As a result, the following applications were identified — winners of the Contest of Ecological Initiatives:

Nane of the initiative CSO-applicant
1. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by installing a heat pump at the sewage treatment plant in Mosty city Mosty District NGO «Belarusian Society of the Disabled»
2. Adaptation to the conditions of climatic changes in the production of livestock feed, reducing the negative impact on the environment Grodno Regional Association of Farmers
3. Specially protected natural areas as a resource for environmental education Foundation for Rural Development «Renaissance-Agro»
4. Creation of a practice-oriented environmental training center in the agro-town of Dobromysli to preserve the unique “Babinovichsky” nature reserve Vitebsk regional organization of the Belarusian Red Cross Society
5. Hamster, gopher and flying squirrel: save the super-rodents! (Preservation of endangered representatives of the relict fauna of Belarus, common hamster, speckled gopher and flying squirrel) NGO “Akhova ptushak Batskaushchyny”
6. Inclusive environmental management by motivated inclusion of Grodno residents in the development and implementation of measures aimed at improving the quality of the environment and monitoring environmental risks in the context of an educational multi-center for the integrated support of the eco-friendly lifestyle of local communities “URA Grodno!” (Sustainable development — Grodno activity) Educational Institution «Grodno State University named after Yanka Kupala»
7. Development of organic farming technologies using environmentally friendly technology and renewable energy sources Public association «Fund Ecomir»
8. Green garden economy for the future of the village Local Development Fund «Start-Vostok»
9. Establishment of a mechanism for the environmentally sound disposal of hazardous waste containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs) Institution for the Protection of Nature “Ecologia Bez Granits”
10. Establishment of a system for collecting waste electronic and electrical equipment on the territory of the Soligorsk district of the Minsk region Belarusian public association «Ecological Initiative»
11. Compacted Waste — Clean Air Grodno regional branch of the public association «Belarusian Peace Fund»

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