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Stimulating Civil Society to Protect the Environment in Asian Russia

Pacific Environment

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period April 1, 2003–March 31, 2005
  • Location San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Russia

About this grant

Today, environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Russian Far East are taking the lead in promoting democratic and civil society reforms and experts acknowledge the importance of working with them to provide checks and balances on government policies that may jeopardize natural resources. However, as leaders in Russian civil society, these NGOs need to be strengthened not only to guide wise use of natural resources in the region, but also to continue to play a significant role in bringing about civil society reform.Multiyear funding will enable Pacific Environment to provide technical assistance to NGOs operating in Russia’s Far East. The goals of the project are to improve collaboration among Russian and international civil society organizations and build the professional capacity of Russian NGOs. Activities include expanding information resources for Russian environmental NGOs; facilitating collaboration among Russian environmental and international NGOs; building skills of Russian civil society activists to address environmental issues; conducting site visits in partnership with Russian environmental NGOs; partnering with Russian NGOs to reform policies affecting Russia’s natural resources; and providing direct financial support to Russian environmental NGOs.Pacific Environment, founded in 1987, is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that focuses on protecting the living environment of the Pacific Rim.