Environment, politics and society
Environmental problems are usually complex and do not only have an ecologic but also a social, political, legal, technical and economic side. It is important to recognize the interplay of these factors and to involve all necessary stakeholders. Besides that, environmental problems do usually affect larger groups, seldom individuals. A cooperative approach is often more work intensive in the beginning but the additional effort usually pays off by the increased satisfaction of all those involved.BEF wants to pay special attention to the cooperation with other non governmental organizations (NGOs) as a part of society. NGOs are not only important in liberal, democratic societies but also in passive societies with little public involvement such as in Eastern Europe. In these societies NGOs keep the flag up for various public interests beyond the state sector. Much engagement is necessary to keep non-commercial NGOs alive, even in Western Europe with an established NGO culture. While NGOs in these countries cover their operational costs through stable income such as membership fees or base financing on national level, it is a much greater challenge for similar organizations to ensure their financial survival.The willingness to do charitable work, the general interest in politics or the readiness to take over responsibility is not as strongly developed in some Eastern European countries. The Baltic Environmental Forum wants to motivate and support NGOs in Eastern Europe, to keep up their work, strengthen their knowledge and to increase their visibility in public as an indispensable element of modern civil societies.
In our opinion, enhancing capacity und transferring expertise and management and communication techniques is a key to solve existing environmental problems. Only by strengthening such aspects, stakeholders can identify environmental problems correctly, put them into a larger perspective, understand the legal background and identify the best cooperation partners to solve the problem.The focus of our work during the last years has been the support and strengthening of non governmental organizations and administrations in Central and Eastern Europe in the field of environmental protection. With the entry into the European Union, administrations in the new member states were required to implement the extensive environmental legislation into practice. Still, a comprehensive experience exchange is needed to prepare the administrations for the tasks of tomorrow. But even with countries outside of the European Union, cooperation is beneficial because these states are in direct exchange with EU countries and are thus indirectly also influenced by EU legislation. Furthermore, BEF supports a modern administrative structure that is not only executing tasks but also a role model and good example close to the citizen.
The majority of the activities that BEF carries out are international cooperation projects in the environmental sector. We enjoy working with different target groups from different countries.Our strengths are our long experience in Central and Eastern Europe, coupled with communication, management and language skills.Taking over the project management in smaller and larger project, we like to bring project partners and stakeholders together, communicate our ideas and search for creative solutions to the environmental problems. A good management and communication style as well as target oriented work and time planning are important for us.
BEF Germany successfully develops own environmental projects since many years. Our ideas and our motivation come from talks in the target countries or they develop from the cooperation with different institutions and organisations in the environmental sector. BEF Germany has been applicant in various support programs and is familiar with national as well as EU-wide funding schemes.
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