Name of the program (donor)ЄІС ТКС «HU-SK-RO-UA 2014-2020»
Project name in English«Raising environmental awareness in local communities by joint conservation of bats in cross border regions of Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine»
SectorEnvironmental education
Project area Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania
Project duration01.03.2020 – 28.02.2022
Brief descriptionThe overall goal of the project is to support the sustainable use of the environment in the border regions of Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine by jointly protecting bats through active conservation activities, public awareness campaigns and promotion of best practices among the local population.
  1. Announcement – https://www.iers.org.ua/en/raising-environmental-awareness-in-local-communities-by-joint-conservation-of-bats-in-cross-border-regions-of-hungary-slovakia-romania-and-ukraine-2/.
  2. Project map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1GNE8DarOh5NqQ24PNGuDx1ui0Kja6U8Z&ll=49.02241172349337%2C21.38049090000004&z=93.
  3. Original article: https://www.iers.org.ua/en/bats-are-friends-of-winemakers/

Environmental Education and Environmental Awareness Building in Vayots Dzor Region, Armenia

Name in English“Environmental Education and Awareness Building in Vayots Dzor Region of Armenia”.
Evangelical Students Association (FEST) Research Center Hans Diefenbacher, Schmaylweg 5, D-69118 Heidelberg, Germany.
Project implementation periodFall 2019 – April 2020

Short description of the project:

This project aims to raise environmental awareness of the rural population of the Wyot Dzor region of Southern Armenia and address some issues related to waste management and increased energy consumption in the region. This goal will be achieved through the transfer of knowledge during environmental seminars and through a series of practical small-scale pilot projects aimed at raising awareness of possible changes in people’s habits towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

As we are all concerned about the state of the environment, the proposed project is considered to be a pilot project of the Syunik-Development NGO in Armenia and organized as one of the partnership projects with the Christian Environmental Aid Institute in the Czech Republic and the European Christian Ecological Network.

This project will also help to address the growing energy crisis in the face of global warming and to highlight the unused renewable energy resources, especially solar energy, relevant to our region. Climate change and the unresolved issue of an aging nuclear power plant in Armenia, which is in the area of ​​seismic activity, makes the transition to renewable energy even more urgent. This project will help prepare for a further project involving the construction of a Renewable Energy Demonstration Center in order to familiarize the local population with the uses and benefits of solar energy.

Innovation and uniqueness of the project:

The innovativeness of the project is reflected in the connection between theory and practice during the seminars. People will be motivated to take action by better understanding environmental issues and being able to implement small projects in practice.

Target groups:

Church figures and priests:

The Vayots Dzor region in Armenia is currently trying to address a number of environmental issues, including waste management, mining, energy and water. This situation is well known to the local Church, which wants to help people improve the environmental situation in the region and help raise awareness of the local population about environmental issues.

Local authorities and community representatives:

At present, the deterioration of the environmental situation is accompanied by the helplessness of our authorities and the local population. Low awareness and lack of environmental knowledge are becoming apparent, so involvement of local authorities is essential to the success of the project.

Local community representatives:

All environmental legislation, the formulation of new policies or the implementation of innovative projects is impossible without the active participation and support of society at all levels, based on public awareness. Remaining important is the presence of educated and active community members. The daily actions of community and civil society representatives have a significant impact on the environment. The driving force behind the reduction of negative environmental impacts, both locally and globally, is currently education, which is the primary purpose of this project.

PROJECT “TOLERANCE ON THE BORDERS OF EUROPE”

Name of the program (to the donor)Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany “Establishing cooperation with civil society in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia”
Project Title“Toleranz an den Grenzen Europas”
SectorDemocracy
Area of ​​the projectUkraine, Nimechchina
Duration of the project01.07.2018 – 01.09.2019
Brief descriptionThe aim of the project is to develop an understanding of (about) active tolerance, which is not based on previous statements, but a willingness to constructively talk about various value perspectives and mentality. This immediate goal is primarily focused on scientific activity, due to which the network with political and civil actors is based not on a theoretical understanding of science, but on transformational science with the goal of generating knowledge.

PROJECT “CHURCHES AND PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS TOGETHER FOR THE CARPATHIANS”

Name of the program (to the donor)Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany “Establishing cooperation with civil society in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia”
Название проекта на английском“Kirche NGOs Gemeinden gemeinsam für die Karpaten”
SectorEnvironmental Education
Project area UkraineUkraine,  Germany
Duration of the project01.05.2019 – 31.12.2019
Brief descriptionThe goal of the project is to adapt local and religious communities located in areas adjacent to national parks to new conditions and practical skills in environmental management, and therefore to new environmental behaviors, through the joint efforts of churches, congregations and public organizations. An important result of the project will be a dialogue between local communities and administrations of national parks and the development of models for the practical implementation of their interaction based on the skills proposed during the trainings.

“Alliance of Religious and Social Organizations on Climate Protection in Eastern Europe”

Name of the program (to the donor)Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany “Establishing cooperation with civil society in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia”
Project title“Alliance of religious and social organizations for climate protection in Eastern Europe”
SectorEnvironmental Education
Project territoryUkraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Belarus, Germany
Duration of the project01.08.2018 – 31.12.2018
Short descriptionThe project is aimed at:
– Creation of the Climate Protection Committee IRCEF.
– Improving climate protection through work with religious communities, with the Church as a respected social institution in Eastern Europe, together with environmental NGOs.– Creation of a committee to provide the church with the opportunity to become more competent in climate protection issues and to expand the activities of local society in climate protection with the help of animators.– Improving the environmental awareness of the indigenous population of Eastern Europe, primarily thanks to productive models of social cooperation between the Church and public organizations.

Civil society and religious organizations for the common protection of creation

The name of the programEastern Partnership
  Project nameCivil society and religious organizations for the common protection of creation
sectorEnvironmental education
Location projectInternational: Germany, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia
Name in English:“Alliance of religious and public organizations to protect the climate of Eastern Europe”
with the supportGerman Foreign Ministry in cooperation with NABU – Union for Conservation of Nature and Biodiversity
Role in the projectthe beneficiary
Duration of the project7 month (01.06-31.12.2017)
Short description of the project
 The aim of the project is to promote dialogue and understanding through the interaction of civil society actors, NGOs, nature conservationists, churches and other religious beliefs. We need to unite the strengths of these groups to create synergies and strengthen successful cooperation in the field of nature conservation. Establishing engagement with such a strong civil society interstate partnership in understanding the common preservation of creation will foster dialogue between nations

Civil society and Christian churches – common preservation of creation

sectorEnvironmental education
 Location of the projectInternational: Germany, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia
Name in English “Civil Society and Christian Churches- common preservation of creation” 
  with the support of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with NABU – the Union for the Conservation of Nature and Biodiversity(Project №216)
The role of the Institute for Ecological and Religious Studies in the projectthe beneficiary
Duration of the project8 month: 01.05-31.12.2016
Short description of the project
The aim of the project is to promote dialogue and understanding through networking of civil society representatives: environmental NGOs and churches from Germany, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. Civil society and Christian churches from Germany, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova are strengthening; networking and collaboration networks are established, experience exchanges are organized between NGOs, ecclesiastical institutions and awareness of responsibility for creation is enhanced.

Project “Institute for Environmental and Religious Studies: Scientific Foundations, Interfaith Communication and Pedagogical Principles of Christian Environmental Ethics”

Name of the program (to the donor)Renovabis
Project title„Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies: scientific foundations, interfaith communication and pedagogical principles of Christian environmental ethics
Sector Environmental Education
Project AreaUkraine
Duration of the project01.07.2013 – 30.06.2015
Short descriptionIdentification of ways and opportunities for environmental education, training and education in various social institutions; training in environmental theology; preparation and publication of joint scientific papers; conducting scientific conferences, seminars, schools on the subject of the project. Implementation of practical results of joint scientific and educational projects in public practice and teaching.

Responsibility for creation in Ukraine: interdisciplinary and ecumenical exchange of experience in the field of sustainable energy and creation of the Information Center in Uzhgorod

Name«Responsibility for Creation in Ukraine: interdisciplinary and ecumenical exchange of experience in the field of sustainable energy and creation of Information center in Uzhhorod»
The project was supported DBU (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt) та у співпраці з Університетом Людвіга Максиміліана.
Project №AZ 27575-42
Project implementation period15.01.2010-15.01.2012.