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The program goal is to strengthen civil society in European Union new Member States and accession countries. To this end, the Latvian Rural Forum will continue to facilitate a network of nongovernmental organizations in Western and Eastern Europe to promote multinational exchange focused on rural development. During the grant period, the grantee will promote dialogue and cooperation between different actors in rural development, facilitate multinational exchanges, and support international networking and advocacy for rural development. Past project results include developing strong national rural development networks in Eastern Europe, strengthening international cooperation, and strengthening national networks' input into European-level rural policy development. Since its establishment in 2005, the grantee has been promoting sustainable rural development policies and providing services to over 80 member organizations in Latvia.
This grant supports an affinity group of the European Foundation Centre to improve the effectiveness of grantmaking in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and to encourage new donor activity in the region. To this end, in 2014 and 2015 the center will organize the annual meeting of the group, called the Grantmakers East Forum, for interested grantmakers and donors working in this region. In 2014 the meeting will take place in Palermo, Italy, and will focus on the theme of migration and mobility. The center will work with the forum’s steering committee to further develop the format of the annual meetings, secure outside speakers, arrange the venue and other logistics, and disseminate the meetings’ reports. In 2013 the center organized the forum’s annual meeting in Belgrade, Serbia, and in 2012 it took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. These annual meetings attracted more than 150 participants at each meeting and provided opportunities for networking and information exchange, encouraged development of new philanthropic initiatives, and promoted good grantmaking practices. Based in Brussels, Belgium, the European Foundation Centre is an international association of foundations and corporate funders dedicated to strengthening European philanthropy.This grant supports an affinity group of the European Foundation Centre to improve the effectiveness of grantmaking in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and to encourage new donor activity in the region. The core activity of the Grantmakers East Group is an annual meeting for grantmakers active in the region. It provides a forum for discussion of issues facing donors and civil society development and the exchange of experiences and practical information. Approximately 150 grantmakers participate in the annual meetings. The group is guided by a steering committee and administered by a secretariat housed in the European Foundation Centre. Future meetings will focus on such issues as public participation by minorities; grantmaking practices; sustainable funding; and ongoing subjects of interest such as international development, community philanthropy, cross-border cooperation, and the European Union's enlargement process.
The project goal is to promote public participation in decision making related to local resource use and conservation. The Wild Salmon Center will continue to strengthen the capacity of a network of watershed councils in the Russian Far East. Project activities will include supporting council strategy implementation, conducting outreach and recruiting new leadership, facilitating learning between the councils, providing expert training, and supporting the development of policy recommendations. In 2013–2014, these community-based councils successfully represented the varied interests of the watersheds’ resident populations, users, and visitors. In addition to conducting over 700 antipoaching raids, the councils successfully advocated to reintroduce controlled sportfishing on some territories. The Bolshaya River conservation plan in Kamchatka won international recognition as a model of integrated community management. Together, the seven councils making up the network leveraged over $400,000 for their work. Established in 1992, the Wild Salmon Center promotes the conservation and sustainable use of wild salmon ecosystems across the Pacific Rim.
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