Interreligious and environmental civil forum of Eastern Europe (IRCEF, (Uzhhorod, Ukraine · Chisinau, Moldova · Minsk, Belarus; Tbilisi, Georgia; Erevan, Armenia; Berlin, Germany) created by 36 representatives of secular and religious institutions in Eastern Europe as a result of the international scientific conference “The Church and Society for the preservation of the environment in Eastern Europe: the protection of creation” (07-09.10.2016 Uzhgorod). The purpose of the forum is the exchange of information, experiences and joint actions in the environmental field between the churches and environmental organizations for the benefit and assistance to care for God’s creation. Forum aims to promote the development of environmental programs and church projects, religious organizations and civil society on the basis of biblical, theological and other spiritual starting points for finding and applying the principles of sustainability in relation to one’s neighbor, taking into account our responsibility for future generations and for all of God’s creation – nature.
The primary objective of the Forum is to create an informational high quality network/portal for the dissemination of news and information exchange in churches, among the interested Christian environmental organizations and all people of good will, finding a common vision to solve urgent environmental problems; the development of cooperation and exchange of information with institutions and organizations dealing with the long-term protection of animate and inanimate nature.
The first international scientific-practical conference “Church and Environment, European Experience and Ukrainian Perspectives”, held at a high ecumenical level in Eastern Europe, June 14-17, 2007, Uzhhorod, Ukraine.
Director of Central Asian Programs of the Nature Conservation Union (NABU) of Germany.
Founder of IRCEF, ideological inspirer and strict critic of many of our initiatives and projects, whose contribution to our common cause is difficult to overestimate from the standpoint of experience, and from the standpoint of friendly participation, and sincere passion for environmental protection and promotion of responsibility for Creation – Eastern Nature. Of Europe.
A diplomat with extensive experience, he skillfully gives our work international weight and goals that promote cooperation and consolidation of the church and NGOs in the post-Soviet space.Boris Tikhomirov, a manager at the origins of the Ministry of the Environment of the Russian Federation, the developer of many international agreements in the field of environmental protection, and then the long-term head of various environmental programs in Germany related to environmental technology transfer (ITUT, UB East), opportunities for strategic planning in the field of nature protection with the peculiarities of the social situation, Ukraine and other countries of the Eastern Partnership.
Alexander Bokotey, secretary of IRCEF
After graduating from the Biological Faculty of Uzhhorod State University, worked as a teacher of biology and valeology at the secondary school in Zolotarevo village, Khust district, Transcarpathian region. After working at school, graduated from the postgraduate study at the Department of Entomology of the Biological Faculty of Uzhhorod State University and defended his dissertation on animal ecology. Worked as Head of Zoological Museum, and on a part-time taught ecological orientation disciplines at the Biological and Geographical Faculties of Uzhhorod National University and Uzhhorod Theological Academy named after Blessed Theodore Romzha. Since 2001, Alexander is consultant on environmental issues and sustainable development of the Commission on Ecology, Migrants and Tourism of the Conference of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Ukraine (Chairman of the Commission – Bishop Majnek Antal).
Since 2004, Alexander is Secretary of the Commission on Ecology of Mukachevo Greek Catholic Eparchy (Chairman of the Commission – Bishop Milan Sasik). In 2012 Alexander joined to the establishment of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies http://www.ie-rs.org/about.html, which main task is to study the ecological views of various religious traditions. The Institute was created in cooperation with Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) and financial support of Renovabis (action of solidarity of German Catholics).
During few years, joined different initiatives: Charitable Foundation “Church and Environment”, Information Centre on Environmental Education at UzhNU; initiated the implementation of an important project “Tolerance on the European frontiers”, and many other projects.
In 2016, on the base of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies on the initiative of the Nature Biodiversity Conservation Union (initiator Boris Tichomirow) with the financial support of Federal Foreign Office of Germany (AA) was set up ambitious Interreligious Civil Environmental Forum of Eastern Europe (IRCEF). IRCEF took on an important role in promoting the consolidation of society in the post-Soviet space through the cooperation of the Church and NGOs on responsibility for Creation – Nature.
The main range of interests: Theology of Creation, education for sustainable development, ecological theology, climate protection, modern interdisciplinary research in the field of environmental protection, environmental protection and sustainable development in general.
Alexander is responsible for the coordinated work of all partners of the international team of IRCEF.
Mykhailo Bilanych, coordinator of directions
In 2003 he graduated from the Biological Faculty, and in 2007 completed postgraduate studies at Uzhhorod National University. Also he studied at the Catechetical Institute named by Andrew Bachynskyi at Mukachevo Greek Catholic diocese. Since 2007 he is research associate of Zoological Museum of Uzhhorod National University. On the pluralism he is teaching biology at the preparatory courses of University. Since 2005, on a voluntary basis, he actively participated in the work of the Commission on Ecology and Migrants of Roman Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ukraine and the Commission on Ecology of Mukachevo Greek Catholic diocese. He was one of the organizers of the Information Center at the Uzhhorod National University, created with the assistance of LMU and DBU in 2009. And in 2011, he continued his work at the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies at this university. In the Institute he develops areas of ecological education and environmental ethics. He provides online dialogue on responsibility for creation – Nature in Eastern Europe.
Kulya Nataliya, manager
She graduated from Uzhhorod National University with a degree in tourism and international economic relations. He has been working at the Institute since 2013. He is a member of the IGKE Commission on Ecology, 10 years of experience. Main areas: sustainable development, sustainable tourism, recreational and tourist activities in national parks, cross-border cooperation, historical, cultural and architectural heritage. Knowledge of languages: English, there is also knowledge of Spanish, German,
She graduated from Uzhhorod National University with a degree in tourism and international economic relations. He has been working at the Institute since 2013. He is a member of the IGKE Commission on Ecology, 10 years of experience. Main areas: sustainable development, sustainable tourism, recreational and tourist activities in national parks, cross-border cooperation, historical, cultural and architectural heritage. Knowledge of languages: English, there is also knowledge of Spanish, German, Hungarian and Polish.
Motuzenko Bogdan, science Coordinator
After graduating from Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University with Master’s degree in Sociology and Psychology in 1999, he completed a postgraduate course at the Department of Industry Sociology, specializing in “Sociology of Culture” and received his PhD in sociology. He has worked with sociological agencies and participated in designing election campaigns.
Until 2007, he was the head of the sector of sociology, and later deputy director for scientific work, head of the Kiev office of the Foundation for Progressive Reform Support. He taught the courses “Sociological Analysis of Documents” at the Taras Shevchenko National University and “Sociology of Communications” at the Academy of Trade Unions of Ukraine.
Since 2007 – Director of Analytical Support Department in the consortium “Industrial Group”, where he was engaged in organization of analytical support and issues of reputation formation of corporate business.
Since 2015, he has been the founder of the Project Bureau research group specializing in qualitative research methods, strategic analytics and social design. Over the years, he has been involved in the development of social, civic and artistic campaigns, public initiatives and projects. Co-founder of the NGO “Society Andriyivskyy Descent”, public initiative “Soldiers’ Slobodka” (Kyiv).
Main range of interests: sociology of communications, social design, modern interdisciplinary research, social and social movements, leadership, issues of civil society formation in Ukraine, socio-ecology.
At the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies (IERS) he is responsible for the development of social projects, interdisciplinarity and humanitarian studies.
Vladislav Yurosh, project coordinator
Successfully implemented the scholarship project “Assessment of environmental, social and economic criteria on the example of water resources of the Transcarpathian region MHPP” on the basis of the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU) with the support of DBU during 2019-2020 from Mr. Boris Tikhomirov, Central Asia and Eastern Europe international department. As an expert he participated in the implementation of projects (2018, 2019). Vladislav speaks German, English, Polish and Russian. He is studying at the graduate school of Uzhhorod National University at the Faculty of Social Sciences in the field of political science in the 2nd year.
Antonina Zeikan, manager
Master’s student of the Department of Forestry of Uzhhorod National University. In 2015 she graduated from secondary school of I-III grades. № 1 city of Irshava. In 2015 she entered Uzhhorod National University at the Faculty of Geography. Research interests: forestry, forest ecology, forest pedagogy… In 2019 she received a bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Horticulture. Volunteer of the Commission on Ecology and the Youth Commission of the Mukachevo Greek Catholic Diocese. Volunteer of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies. Knowledge of languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English.
Olga Yuriyivna Sabovchyk, gave birth on April 13, 2000 in the village of Average, Ukrainian.
In 2006 she went to the 1st grade of the Secondary School of I-III grades. At school she was actively involved in singing and sang in the ensemble “Tonic”.
She is a winner of Ukrainian competitions, such as the St. George’s International Orthodox Festival of Culture and Creativity.
In 2017 she graduated from school and entered Uzhhorod National University at the Faculty of Philology, majoring in journalism.
During her studies at the university, she took an active part in organizing charity fairs and trips to the orphanage.
I am fond of literature, I try to write myself. For better motivation I take part in various festivals for writers. The last work took 3rd place at the “Puzzlefic” festival.
Marta Mykhailets, coordinator of directions
She graduated from the Faculty of Biology of Uzhhorod National University in 2008 with a degree in Biology. Biology and chemistry teacher.
At the moment he works as a teacher at Uzhhorod secondary school №9 I-III degrees.
He graduated from the Transcarpathian Academy of Arts, majoring in Painting. (Engaged in sacred art, icon painting, has a certificate from the Ukrainian Catholic University). Has experience in teaching and organizational activities with children of preschool age, primary school, middle and high school.
As the wife of a priest, she participates in the organization of educational and catechetical work with children and youth in parishes. He is an active member of the Commission on Ecology of the Greek Catholic Diocese of Mukachevo, is responsible for supporting the direction of Christian environmental ethics.
Leads and develops the movement (community) of women for the preservation of the environment and responsibility for creation-nature in the Carpathian region.
Archimandrite Adam (Vakhtang Akhaladze) , PhD
Chairman of the Department of Health of the Patriarchate of Georgia, Rector of the University of Holy Queen Tamara, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor. Member of the Board of the International Center for Christian Studies at the Orthodox Church of Georgia. Archimandrite Adam conducts scientific and theoretical work on topical scientific issues of the main directions of Christian research, including theology of Creation, Christian environmental ethics.
Head of the Church and Environmental Protection Program at the Center for Environmental Solutions NGO, Minsk, Belarus. Sergey, within the framework of his direction, is promoting the principles of an environmentally friendly lifestyle among Christians in Belarus. The program develops the environmental activities of Christian churches in Belarus, implements the recommendations and ideas set forth in official church documents related to environmental issues.
Igor Plevsky, Greek Catholic priest in charge of environmental protection in the Greek Catholic Church of the Republic of Moldova. Graduated from the Uzhgorod Greek Catholic Theological Academy named after I. Blessed Theodore Romji. He also studied at the Universitstea de Stat Moldova Chisinau. Implements environmental and social projects as part of the activities of the organization “Optima Fide” from September 18, 2014 to the present. E-mail:
Marcus Vogt (October 26, 1962, Freiburg) is a German Catholic theologian and professor of social ethics at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.
Marcus Vogt studied theology and philosophy in Munich, Jerusalem and Lucerne. Scientist Vogt focuses on the philosophical foundations of socio-ethical principles as well as environmental and business ethics. Through his scientific work, he contributed to Christian social ethics, emphasizing the importance of environmental protection and formulated a new socio-ethical principle of sustainable development or the principle of sustainability.
Membership in scientific, political and church commissions and committees
- Secretary of the Association of Social Ethics in a German-speaking environment
Rachel Carson Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Environmental History (since 2010);
- Co-editor of Amos International magazine. Creating a just society (since 2009)
Member of the Center for Ethical Competence at the University of Munich. Ludwig-Maximilian (since 2007);
- Diocesan Council of the Archdiocese of Munich-Friesin;
- Justitia et Pax Germany (Working Group on the World Economy and Agricultural Trade)
Head of the Department of Environmental Protection at the Episcopal Conference of Europe (1999-2008);
- Working Group “Economy and Church” in the Confederation of Catholic Entrepreneurs;
- Working Group “Science and Theology” of the Catholic Academy in Bavaria.
Genetic scientist, Carmelite order monk, teacher Nazareth College (city of Rochester, USA).
Official e-mail of the forum: email@example.com