and Information Centres
and Information Centres
briefings and updates on World Bank and IMF initiatives (CDF, PRSPs,
genuine savings, etc) from an NGO perspective.
for Science and Environment, India
The Centre for
Science and Environment (CSE) was established in 1980 to increase
public awareness of vital issues in science, technology, environment
and development. It is now one of India's leading environmental
NGOs concerned sustainable natural resource management. It conducts
campaigns and research and is a leading environmental publisher.
CSE's insists on respect for democracy, people's participation,
traditional knowledge and modern science.
It is well known
for its citizens' reports on the state of India's environment (the
first was published in 1982), and publishes a fortnightly magazine,
Down To Earth, and a children's supplement Gobar Times (Cowdung
Times) which aims to inculcate concern for the environment across
and publication work is consistently combined with advocacy and
network building. It runs campaigns covering: air and water pollution,
water harvesting, climate change, biodiversity, people and forests,
and people and wildlife. It has six programmes: State of India's
environment, green rating project, environmental education, global
environmental governance, health and environment, and poverty and
library provides access to clippings, images, books, articles, videos,
contact directories, government notifications, parliamentary questions
and archives for Down to Earth magazine. A free monthly newsletter
is available via the website.
Andina de Fomento (CAF, Latin America)
CAF is a multilateral
financial institution whose mission is to promote the sustainable
development of its shareholder countries and regional integration.
It serves the public and private sectors, providing multiple financial
services to a broad customer base composed of the governments of
shareholder countries, public and private companies and financial
institutions. Its policies incorporate social and environmental
variables, and it includes ecoefficiency and sustainability criteria
in all its operations.
is a non-governmental organization that analyzes global environment
and development issues from an African perspective and reports on
local, national and regional activities that contribute to global
solutions. Its mission is to enhance the role of East Africa's NGOs
and community-based organizations to influence policy-making on
issues of sustainable development, in particular on environment,
trade and information.
and Development Action in the Third World (ENDA-TM)
ENDA is an international
non-profit organisation based in Dakar, Senegal. Founded in 1972,
it is an association of autonomous entities co-ordinated by an Executive
Secretariat. ENDA's worldwide representation includes: 24 teams
at the Dakar headquarters each working on development and environment
themes; 21 countries offices (14 in Africa, 5 in South America,
2 in Asia) and a European delegation.
projects against poverty, and its research, training and exchange
programs, it strives to integrate environmental, economic and cultural
relationships in activities to meet the needs and objectives of
with grassroots groups in search of alternative development models
on the basis of the experience, expectations and objectives of marginalised
peoples. This mutual commitment translates as: presence at all levels
of decision-making and action; development of replicable models
of progress, uniting action, research, training and communication;
involving intellectuals and professionals in defining and implementing
development models for the majority and the least privileged; fighting
poverty; and involvement in international debates to render third
world positions visible and influential.
essentially on the initiative and methods of popular action for
and collective initiative (particularly inner city inhabitants,
who mobilise in response to particular challenges and issues);
groups and social movements (rural and urban associations involving
youth, women, communities, professionals and consumers, and local
or national federations);
- The construction
of basic common infrastructures (socio-economic activities, sanitary
and social services etc.) with the involvement of grassroots communities.
ENDA works to enhance the visibility and value, in practice as well
as theory, of the knowledge and tools that exist in local development
efforts. This consists of identifying and supporting community development
initiatives - especially in terms of local organisations.
for Media Alternatives (FMA)
for Media Alternatives (FMA) explores the strategic use of the various
communications media for democratization and popular empowerment.
For the past
several years, FMA sought to enhance the popularization and social
marketing of development-oriented issues and campaigns through media-related
interventions and cultural work. The Foundation has been involved
in the production of a public affairs television show, development-oriented
video-documentaries, songwriting festivals, advocacy campaigns,
and various publications in support of the efforts of and POs and
FMA now focuses
on three interrelated areas:
Mass Media Services: involving the provision of media liaison and
related services to various civil society-based programs, activities,
Arts and Design Consultancy: aimed at helping NGOs and POs communicate
to their publics in the best possible way through relevant editorial
services and content-driven graphics design;
of Information and Communications Technology (ICT): aimed at empowering
civil society in the critical use of new media.
Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN), Argentina
FARN (The Environment
and Natural Resources Foundation) was established in 1985 as a non-governmental,
non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote
sustainable development policies, laws, economic activities and
institutional arrangements. Its target audience is decision-makers
in the public and private sectors.
Futuro Latinamerico (FFLA)
FFLA is a private,
non-profit organization founded in 1993. Headquartered in Quito,
FFLA develops activities throughout Latin America in association
with organizations in each country in the region. FFLA promotes
sustainable development through its conflict resolution training
activities, organization and facilitation of multisectoral political
dialogues, and research publications (including Puentes, a Spanish
language publication on trade and sustainable development).
for Sustainable Development (ISD), Poland
for Sustainable Development (ISD) (Instytut na rzecz ekorozwoju)
is a leading Polish NGO established in 1991 as a foundation to promote,
develop and implement principles and methods of sustainable development.
ISD analyses relations between economic, legislative and social
changes versus environmental issues. It employs an interdisciplinary
staff of professionals, mainly geographers and economists that maintain
broad contacts with both domestic and foreign experts and institutions.
Network of Green Planners (INGP)
Network of Green Planners (INGP) was founded in 1992 as an informal
forum for policy-makers and practitioners involved in developing
and implementing plans, strategies and policy frameworks for sustainable
development. It converted to an Association in 1998. Through the
INGP, the exchange of information, experiences and ideas amongst
practitioners is facilitated, with a focus on the environmental
component of sustainable development.
A global meeting
is organised every 18 months, with regional meetings in between.
Councils for Sustainable Development NCSDs See also Earth
Strategies for Sustainable Development of Caribbean Small Island
States - From Vision to Action
In the Caribbean,
sustainable development presents unique challenges because of the
small island context in which development occurs. In this context
development requires making decisions that seek to achieve a balance
between the finite carrying capacity of small island ecosystems
and the need to achieve economic growth to meet the aspirations
of present and future generations
for Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (NESDA)
originally in 1999 as the Club of Dublin, the Network for Environment
and Sustainable Development in Africa (NESDA) is a resource and
forum of African experts in the management of environment and natural
resources, which. Its strategy is to build and strengthen the expertise
of individuals and institutions within Africa at local, national
and sub-regional levels for environmentally sustainable development
represents the essence of NESDA's strategy for achieving its general
and specific objectives. This strategy has three components:
- Support to
national planning processes by strengthening the strategic planning
process for the management of environment and sustainable development
with two activities: analysis of national policies and external
reviews of "green plans".
the national capacities of African countries to launch and implement
strategic programmes for sustainable management of their environment
and natural resources. In this regard NESDA undertakes three activities:
of thematic and regional workshops,
missions by experts of the network,
preparation and capacity-building seminars.
of the Network and Dissemination of Information and to increase
technical cooperation among African countries through:
of a roster of African experts in different technical areas relevant
to strategic framework exercises;
up a mechanism to ensure greater involvement of the identified
experts in programs in other African countries
- Access to
environmental information through the connection of NESDA to Internet;
(newsletter, workshop/seminar proceedings, etc.) .
are normally demand-driven and directed at: national governments
and institutions, professional and academic institutions and individuals
engaged in environment and natural resources management; as well
as sub-regional institutions involved in promoting sustainable development.
Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Budapest
Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is a non-advocacy,
not-for-profit organisation with a mission to assist in solving
environmental problems in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The
Center fulfills its mission through encouraging cooperation among
non-governmental organisations, governments and businesses, supporting
the free exchange of information and promoting public participation
in environmental decision-making.
The REC was
established in 1990 by the United States, the European Commission
and Hungary. Today, the REC is legally based on a Charter signed
by the governments of 25 countries and the European Commission,
and on an International Agreement with the Government of Hungary.
The REC has
country offices in each of its 15 beneficiary CEE countries.
The Center has
nine programmes covering: business and environment, capacity- building,
climate change, environmental law, information, local initiatives,
NGO support, and public participation.
Africa Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC)
SARDC is an
independent regional information resource centre involved in the
collection, production and dissemination of information about the
SADC region, with offices in Harare, Dar es Salaam and Maputo; and
network partners in all member states of the Southern Africa n Development
is to improve the base of knowledge about economic, political, cultural
and social developments, and their implications, by making information
accessible to governments and policy-makers, NGOs, the private sector,
regional and international organizations, development agencies,
parliaments, and the media. Its activities include:
information and analysis of current events through books, special
reports and news features, fact sheets, newsletters, policy analysis,
technical expertise, topical seminars, and other specialist services.
It is also a documentation centre with:
- 9000 subject
files on regional issues;
- A library
of books and periodicals;
data bases of select material which are retrievable through the
use of keywords: state of the environment in southern Africa;
women and gender in southern Africa; democracy and governance,
elections; disaster management information, including drought;
and other regional socio-economic and political issues;
- A reading
room facilities for policy planners, diplomats, academics, journalists,
and others studying issues with a regional perspective;
seminars, briefings and consultancies for information exchange on
electoral processes, environmental issues, gender, human development,
and information networking.
regional training programmes involving attachments and exchanges
for southern African journalists, editors and documentalists.
resource centre, The India Musokotwane Environment Resource Centre
for Southern Africa (IMERCSA) provides researchers, the media, NGOs,
governments and diplomats with up-to-date information on the environment
and disaster management issues in Southern Africa . It is the leading
regional centre for State of the Environment reporting and produces
books and factsheets on environmental issues, and a newsletter and
factsheets on the Zambezi river basin.
Summit on Sustainable Development
provides detailed information about arrangements for the 1992 World
Summit on Sustainable Development to be held in Johannesburg in
August-September 2002. It provides information on: the preparatory
process, calendar of events, key documents, major groups, media
information and links to other relevant websites.