All countries: ENV.net training programme
Distance learning courses:
a) "CSOs activism and participation", the new ENV.net course on how to develop an advocacy and lobbyin strategy and to influence the decision making process: Next e-trainings: 4th - 18th February 2016
b) â€œSocial media, Activism and participationâ€, The ENV.net course on social media (read more): Next e-trainings: 11th - 25th February 2016.
c) â€œGet funding from the European Unionâ€: the course developed by ENV.net regards the EU as resource partner (read more). Next e-trainings: 8th - 22nd February 2016
To take part, interested participants should first register to the ENV.net e-learning platform here and then choose the course to attend from the "course catalogue". Further inquiries about the course may be sent to email@example.com (or click here).
In-country news: ENV.net in action
The ENV.net team in Albania is leading the process to produce the first ENV.net position paper, a key publication resulted from the monitoring exercise in all the ENV.net countries. The document will be available soon.
Moratorium on forests logging
. For the first time, Albania is engaged on approving the 10th year Moratorium on forestry logging. During these last 25 years, forests in Albania have been exploited drastically and no precaution has been undertaken to rehabilitate the damaged areas. In these last three years, Albania is making considerable steps on forests protection.
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Announcement of the Restricted Call for Proposals for 2016: Active Citizens for Greener Future
In the frame of the ENV.net project and its dedication via sub-granting schemes to give citizens a voice and influence public sector reform processes in the environment sector through analysis, monitoring and advocacy, on 14th January, 2016 ENV.net Macedonia announced a restricted call for proposals for the local CSOs, working in the area of environment, titled â€œActive Citizens for Greener Futureâ€.
The overall objective of the call is to expand the ENV.net, by involving other CSOs from Western Balkans and Turkey in the organisation of public advocacy/lobbying actions. The main aim of these actions is to raise awareness among citizens and influence public sector reform processes on the approximation of Western Balkans and Turkey to the EU environmental standards (read more
Deadline for sending applications under this call is 15th February, 2016.
Workshop on equitable access to water and sanitation: "Applying the Equitable Access Score-card in the Republic of Macedonia" - 19 - 20 January 2016, Veles
FYROM has been actively involved in numerous activities under UNECE and WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health (hereinafter â€œthe Protocolâ€), while preparing for accession to the Protocol.
The workshop in Veles was a continuation of the one held on 16-17 June, 2015 in Skopje. It aimed to present a review of the outcomes of the self-assessment of the equity of access to water and sanitation in the Republic of Macedonia, which was carried out between April and December 2015 in three municipalities. Priorities to ensure equitable access to water and sanitation and recommendations for future action were discussed. Representatives of ENV.net team from Macedonia took active part in this two-day workshop. The event provided a forum for discussion on the situation of equitable access to water and sanitation and the further steps for designing strategic orientations for an action plan to improve equitable access to water and sanitation in the Republic of Macedonia. The self-assessment exercise was coordinated by the Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Macedonia and the NGO Journalists for Human Rights with the support of UNECE (read more
Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99):
Municipality of Prishtina has installed 6 sensors for measuring air pollution in six different points in the capital of Kosovo. So far there were only 2 points. According to local authorities, through this measurement of air pollution, citizen of Prishtina will be informed about the environment they live in as well as about what could they do in future to have cleaner air to breathe
. This is only a pilot project and more sensors will be placed in the near future as well. So far, the Prishtina Municipality has also taken several important measures for environmental protection such as order for over 50 new buses for urban traffic causing less pollution, modernizing of public lightening, revitalization and expanding of green areas, tree planting, etc. Prishtina city is considered one of the cities fighting climate changes.
The Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation, together with the YÄ±ldÄ±rÄ±m BeyazÄ±t University in Ankara, started to run a new project, in order to raise the awareness level on climate change. ENV.net partner from Turkey, TEMA Foundation, participated in the kick of meeting and opening ceremony of the project in Ankara, on 20 January 2016. The project has two components: The education and training component and the local governance component
As part of the EU funded TASK-GHG Project
, a Legal, Technical and Institutional Analysis report is published, with the aim of assessing and improving of the legal and institutional situation and identification of the steps needed in Turkey. The findings of the report are presented to the invited stakeholders, including the Turkish ENV.Net partner TEMA, on 21 January 2016, in Ankara. The project has the aim of contributing to the enhancement of the existing institutional arrangements to assist Turkey in meeting its international GHG emissions reporting commitments, consistently with Regulation 525/2013/EU (MRR) requirements. According to the report, Turkey has many challenges in terms of institutional capacity and legal framework, but is showing a strong will to overcome the barriers. For more information click here
The ENV.net sub-grant program
for increasing the capacity of local NGOs is ongoing in Turkey. Under the call for application in December 2015, 29 applications from several cities were sent to TEMA Foundation. After careful evaluation by a jury committee, two of these 29 local NGOs are selected as sub-grantees: KazdaÄŸÄ± DoÄŸal ve KÃ¼ltÃ¼rel VarlÄ±klarÄ± Koruma DerneÄŸi (Mount Ida Natural Habitat and Cultural Heritage Conservation Association) from Ã‡anakkale and DoÄŸal Kaynak ve Biyolojik Ã‡eÅŸitliliÄŸi Koruma DerneÄŸi (The Association for Conservation of Natural Resources and Biodiversity) from Antalya. Read more about them in the ENV.net blog