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Development of Belarusian NGO Capacity in the Field of Environmental Protection


  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $110,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–December 31, 2005
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus Belarus

About this grant

Most Belarusians are unaware of opportunities for public participation in environmental decisionmaking and methods of constructive interaction with state authorities. In addition, there is little coalition and network building among environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which lack experience in protecting people’s rights to a safe and healthy environment. To address these issues, ISAR will work to promote public participation in environmental decisionmaking processes in Belarus.Multiyear funding will enable ISAR to launch an information campaign to raise public awareness about legal opportunities for public participation in environmental decisionmaking; conduct grant competitions for projects that address environmental protection and rights; create a Web site to provide up-to-date information on environmental issues; organize an environmental advocacy training project for all affiliate offices; and convene a conference to assess the experience of grantees and discuss lessons learned.ISAR was founded in 1983 and operates as an international association of NGOs. Its affiliate offices in the former Soviet Union work together with staff in Washington, D.C., to build civil society, protect the environment and support local NGOs.