Strengthening of civil society and cooperation between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the Baltic Sea region is important as the role of NGOs in promoting democracy, sustainable development and human rights is significant. There are many organisations active in the region, but the lack of unity and knowledge about other organisations causes inefficiency.
The aim of the project was to promote trans-boundary cooperation between Northwest Russian, Finnish and Estonian environmental NGOs, support their networking and strengthen the capacities of environmental NGOs in the three neighbouring countries. In addition, the project provided NGOs knowledge on funding opportunities for NGO cooperation. The project was financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Main activities in the project:
Summer School for environmental NGOs from Pskov and St. Petersburg regions, and from Finland and Estonia was organised in Pskov during 25–29 August 2005 . The overall goal of the Summer School was to exchange experiences and promote cooperation and networking between Finnish, Northwest Russian and Estonian environmental NGOs. As a reault 3 concrete cooperation project ideas were initiated between environmental NGOs of the three countries. Environmental education was considered as an important theme for NGO-cooperation in the Baltic Sea region.
1. The Baltic Institute of Finland (Finland)
2. NGO Chudskoye Project (Russia)
3. The Finnish Nature League (Finland)
4. Dodo - Living Nature for the Future (Finland
5. Peipsi Centre for Transboundary Cooperation (Estonia)