“Ecology should become a topic for constant community involvement”, said Oleksandr Sushko on the new IRF Initiative

On February 11, the Waste Sorting station #NoWasteRecyclingStation hosted the presentation of “The Environmental Policy and Advocacy Initiative”, to be implemented over the next four years by the International Renaissance Foundation, with the support of Sweden.

The Initiative is geared towards the capacity building of organizations working in the field of ecology. Such organizations will be able to receive assistance aimed at enhancing their capabilities and funds for institutional development.

“The Foundation has long been working on the theme of ecology as part of our activities in the areas of public health, European integration, and community development. With the help of our new project, we will be able to focus on the field of environmental protection, thus, achieving greater results”, said during the presentation Inna Pidluska, Deputy Executive Director of the International Renaissance Foundation.

According to the Ambassador of Sweden Martin Hagstriom, it took a long time and a lot of hard work to thoroughly prepare the project aiming to support environmental organizations in Ukraine. The Embassy was looking for the best ways for the people of Sweden to support civil society organizations working in the field of environmental protection. “For us, this project is extremely important, because it includes two of our key activities in Ukraine: support for civil society and environmental reforms. The new initiative is just on the brink of these two topics”.

Olexandr Sushko, Executive Director of the International Renaissance Foundation, explained the philosophy of the Initiative. “The ecological movement needs to be developed not as an isolated process, not as a narrow profile topic, but as a permanent culture of community engagement aiming to create a decent environment for life”, said Sushko.

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