Interreligious and environmental civil forum of Eastern Europe (IRCEF) 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.

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.

e-mail: bokoteyzlatary@gmail.com:


            Mykhailo Bilanych

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.

Куля Наталія 

Natalia Kulia, manager, graduated from Uzhhorod National University (tourism and international economic relations), joined the Institute’s team in 2013.  Scientific interests: sustainable development, sustainable tourism, tourism on the territory of the national parks, historic, cultural and architecture heritage, cross-border cooperation. Language skills: English, German, Spanish, Polish. 

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Общий и-мейл форума: info@ircef.org

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.

E-mail: bmotuzenko@gmail.com.
phone: +380507305548
skype: bmotuzenko

Gulnara Shoshitashvili

From 1986 to 1991 she studied at the Faculty of Energy at the Technical University of Georgia; in 1993 she graduated from Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Journalism.

From 1992 to 1999, she worked as a TV journalist at the Press Center of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia. Then for four years she worked as head of the public department and correspondent for the military public newspaper “Orbita”.
2003-2004 she was employed as the head of the official information dissemination group of the Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia.
From 2008 to 2009, she was a correspondent for “Mastsavlebeli” magazine.
From 2004 up to the present day she has been working as the Chairman of the Board of the Georgian Civil Society Development Association.
From 2015 to 2018 she worked as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the City Hall of Tetri Tskaro, Georgia.

Experience in project management:

As a coordinator she was involved in such projects as “Social Monitoring of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline by Local Communities” (2005-2007), “Development of Association’s Opportunities for Community Mobilization” (2005-2006), “Management of Ethnic Relations” (2006-2007), “Social and Environmental Advocacy in Privatization Processes of State Property” (2009).

As a manager she participated in such projects as “Active Community – Transparent Governance” (2013-2014), “Advocacy for Access to Drinking Water in Tetri Tskaro, Georgia” (2011-2012), “Resource Center” Umbrella” in Tetri Tskaro, Georgia “(2005-2006).

E-mail: shoshitashvili.guliko@gmail.com

Natalia Mukhina

Born on March 21, 1957 in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. Graduated from the Technical University, Faculty of Urbanism and Architecture. She has about 30 years of experience in the State Design Institute “SNI Moldgiprograzhdanselstroy” (at present “Ruralproect”). She worked at the Lomonosov Municipal State Library, where she was responsible for the art department. Within the framework of work in the library she got acquainted with Koha Kataloging program for entering into the electronic catalogue of sheet music and art editions.

She is a member of the Board of the Association of Russian Writers of the Republic of Moldova.
In 2001 Natalia published a book for children “Fairytales-coloring “Secret”. In 2002 she published a poetry collection “I know…”. In 2007 she published a book of fairy tales for children “Rainbow”. In 2013, she became a Golden Laureate of the competition “Staff and lyre”. In 2016, she became a winner of the International Kovdor Literary Forum in the category “If not prose, then poetry”. In 2017, she published the collection of spiritual poetry “Two Axes”. In 2018, she won the international open short story contest “On the Way to Harmony”. In 2018 she took part in the international contest “Responsibility for the Creation and Protection of Climate in Eastern Europe”.

Natalia appears in newspapers and collective poetry collections, magazines and almanacs in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Kazakhstan.

Protestant Community Research Centre (FEST)

The Research Centre for the Protestant Community (Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft, FEST) is an interdisciplinary research institute founded in Heidelberg in 1958, mainly funded by members of the support association – the Protestant Church in Germany (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, EKD), the regional churches, the German Protestant Association and the Protestant academies. Research and consulting work is also funded by third parties.

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Antonina Zeikan

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. e-mail: zeikan.antonina@gmail.com

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NGO Syunik-Development

Founded in 1995, “Syunik-Development” NGO is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the territory of Southern Armenia; its goal is to contribute to the improvement of living conditions in Vayots Dzor region through cultural, educational and socio-economic projects, as well as to strengthen local and international relations.

During 25 years of its activity, the NGO “Syunik Development” has implemented a number of community development programs: transboundary trainings for youth, summer educational camps, legal and medical consultations, tourism initiatives and environmental protection projects.

Currently the organization carries out its activities in social, agricultural, environmental and tourism spheres. All departments are managed by qualified and experienced staff. The projects are implemented with the support of local and international partners that receive funding from various funds.

In 2000, the organization established an environmental protection department, with the assistance of which programs on creation of green zones in protected areas were implemented, and a number of seminars on raising environmental awareness and promotion of “green” energy in cities and villages of Armenia were held.

In 2013, “Syunik-Development” NGO received the “Energy Globe” national award.

In 2016, “Syunik-Development” NGO received the “Energy Globe” National Award. The NGO “Syunik Development” is a member of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN), which facilitated the start of close cooperation with the Institute of Environmental and Religious Studies, Ukraine. In April 2019, the organizations launched a joint project on “Environmental education and raising environmental awareness in Vayots Dzor region of Armenia and Zakarpattia region of Ukraine”.