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Advocacy Organizations - Europe

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  • European Environmental Bureau: "The EEB is Europe's largest coalition of grass-roots environmental organisations. What makes us stand out is our expert insight on a vast amount of environmental issues; ranging from biodiversity, to waste, nanotechnology, chemicals, ecolabel, and climate change and many others."
  • Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE): "Friends of the Earth Europe campaigns for sustainable and just societies and for the protection of the environment, unites more than 30 national organisations with thousands of local groups and is part of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, Friends of the Earth International."
  • Greenpeace European Unit: "Greenpeace European Unit is part of the international Greenpeace network, active in over 40 countries worldwide. Based in Brussels, they monitor and analyse the work of the EU institutions, expose deficient EU policies and laws, and challenge EU decision-makers to implement progressive solutions."
  • Pesticide Action Network Europe: "PAN Europe is a network of NGO campaign organisations working to minimise negative effects and replace the use of hazardous chemicals with ecologically sound alternatives."
  • Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC): "The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is an international organisation with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems. The REC fulfils this mission by promoting cooperation among governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses and other environmental stakeholders, and by supporting the free exchange of information and public participation in environmental decision making." 
  • Women in Europe for a Common Future: "WECF strives for a Healthy Environment for All. We use women's potential in balancing environment, health and economy. WECF's activities are based in its partners own visions and needs. Therefore WECF implements solutions locally and influences policy internationally."
  • Institute for Environmental Policy: "The Institute for Environmental Policy (IEP) is a non-governmental, non-profit environmental organization founded in November 2008. IEP is dedicated to enhancing environmental sustainability in Albania through policies, projects, programs, awareness raising, development and dissemination."
  • Health and Environment Alliance: "The Health and Environment Alliance aims to raise awareness of how environmental protection improves health. It achieves this by creating opportunities for better representation of citizens' and health experts' perspectives in the environment and health-related European policy-making."
  • Arnika: "Arnika was established in 2001 and since its foundation has become one of the most important environmental organizations in the Czech Republic. We base our activities on three pillars: engaging public, professional arguments, and communication with media."
  • Green Circle: "The Green Circle is an association of 28 environmental NGOs working in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1989. Green circle promotes concerns of its members mainly by information and legislative activity."
  • Bellona Foundation: "The Bellona Foundation is an international environmental NGO based in Norway. Founded in 1986 as a direct action protest group, Bellona has become a recognised technology and solution-oriented organization with offices in Oslo, Brussels, Washington D.C., St. Petersburg and Murmansk."
  • Environmental criteria in public procurement
  • Implementing environmental management systems (e.g. ISO, EMAS, Eco-Lighthouse)
  • Managing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Developing sustainable/eco-tourism"
  • ECO-Accord, Center for the Environment and Sustainable Development: "The Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development "ECO-Accord" was established in 1992 as a non-governmental, non-for-profit citizens' organisation and registered in the Russian Ministry of Justice. "Eco-Accord" takes an active part in international processes "Environment for Europe", "Environment and Health", cooperation on environment and sustainable development in Asia-Pacific Region."
  • ECO-Defense (ЭКО-ЗАЩИТА): "ECO-Defense is an ecological public organization, created in 1990, it is a member of the Social and Ecological Union; At present it has its sub-divisions in Moscow, Kaliningrad, Voronezh and Ekaterinburg. Its goal is to contribute to the solution of ecological problems, to provide population with ecological information and to promote right to know, to encourage the involvement of citizens in ecological campaigns aimed at the protection of the environment; to enhance education of children and adults in ecology. ECO-Defense is particularly active in preventing the pollution of the Baltic Sea. ECO-Defense is editing a number of periodicals." E-mail:
  • Green Cross, Russian National Organization (Российский Зеленый крест): "Russian Green Cross is a public organization, created in 1994, has its representations in 23 RF subjects. It is one of the most influential ecology - protection movements in this country. Its goal is improving health of the environment and setting up safe conditions for humans. It promotes ecological education of the population, encourages conservation of forest and animal reservations, organizes events for cleaning up soil and water bodies in different Russian regions; it initiates convocation of ecological forums and round tables."
  • International Social and Ecological Union (Международный социально-экологический союз): "Officially established in Russia in 1988, it unifies activists of the ecological movement in Russia and ensures links between them and experts in different branches of science, jurists, with bodies responsible for the protection of the environment, mass-media and public organizations in foreign countries as well. Its main goal is conservation of the environment and ensuring its safety. Its scope covers a great number of fields including climate changes, urban ecology, conservation of unique natural ecosystems and recovery of affected territories; biological safety, chemical disarmament, contribution to the law-making process and monitoring of law-abidance in ecology; human health. The Union is a founder of a number of experts centers, initiates different programs and supports initiatives of its members. Among its programs there is a program 'Chemical Pollution and Chemical Safety.'" E-mail:
  • Swedish Doctors for the Environment: "The purpose of LfM is to promote a development of society that leads to good living conditions and health for today's and tomorrow's generations, nationally as well as globally."
  • Breast Cancer UK: "We aim to influence both public policy and research agendas in the areas of causes, prevention and treatment of breast cancer, with particular emphasis on the involvement of those with breast cancer in the process. We are dedicated to the primary prevention of breast cancer, nationally and internationally, focussing on environmental pollutants as one of the underlying causes of the rising incidence of the disease."
  • Cancer Prevention and Education Society: "The aims of the Society are to reduce the current epidemic levels of cancer by reducing human exposure to carcinogens, particularly those of man-made origin. Unlike other cancer charities, our primary purpose is to prevent people from getting cancer in the first place."
  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health: "The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is a registered charity and the professional voice for environmental health. As a campaigning organisation, the CIEH aims to promote improvements in environmental and public health policy. It is based in the UK with offices in London, Northern Ireland and Wales." 
  • Pesticide Action Network UK: "Working to eliminate the dangers of toxic pesticides, our exposure to them, and their presence in the environment where we live and work."
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