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environmental communication networks

On this page you can find descriptions and contact details of European networks that are active in the field of environmental public information, communication and awareness raising. Also listed are various organisations and programmes which have network structures and activities related to communication.

Climate Broadcasters Network - Europe
The Climate Broadcasters Network - Europe aims to raise public awareness about climate change. The network provides a framework for the members to discuss how to communicate the latest scientific results, the impacts, adaptation and mitigation needs in a way which is both effective and understandable for citizens at large. The members are meteorologists and weather presenters from across the European Union.

Green Spider Network
The Green Spider Network of Environmental Communicators consists of around 50 information and communication professionals working in environment ministries and national environmental agencies in Europe. One of its main aims is to promote relations between the EU administration and national institutions and to provide a platform for exchange of information and experience in the field of environmental communication.

Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+)
ACR+ is an international network of members who share the common aim of promoting the sustainable consumption of resources and management of waste through prevention at source, reuse and recycling. ACR+ currently has about 90 members, mainly local and regional authorities as well as national networks of local authorities representing around 750 municipalities

Birdlife International
BirdLife International is a global network of over 100 national organisations working to conserve birds, their habitats and global diversity by promoting sustainable use of natural resources. One of the key roles that BirdLife plays within Europe is to influence the development and implementation of EU Community policy and legislation, at both national level and across the EU as a whole.

CEE Bankwatch Network
The CEE Bankwatch Network was formally set up in 1995 and has become one of the strongest networks of environmental NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe. The basic aim of the network is to monitor activities of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) in the region, to propose constructive alternatives to their policies and projects, and to provide citizens with information about the ways in which IFIs impact the world around them.

Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe)
The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 340 NGOs working to promote government, private sector and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. Its European node - CAN Europe - provides a forum for NGOs to share ideas and expertise, strategies and information, promote actions and link these with wider efforts. CAN Europe acts as a source of information on international and EU policy developments, through mailing lists, newsletter, website, events..

Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
The Council of European Municipalities and Regions is the broadest association of local and regional government in Europe. Its members are national associations of local and regional governments . Its main aim is to promote a strong, united Europe based on local and regional self-government and democracy; a Europe in which decisions are taken as closely as possible to its citizens, in line with the principle of subsidiarity.

Energy Cities
Energy Cities (formerly Energie-Cités) is the European association of local authorities inventing their energy future. It aims to promote sustainable energy policies in urban areas and to strengthen the role and skills of local authorities in the sphere of energy efficiency, in the promotion of renewable and decentralised energy sources and in the protection of the environment.

EPHA Environment Network
EPHA is an international NGO advocating environmental protection as a means to improving health and well-being. Member groups and organisations represent health, environment, women, health professionals and others.

Eurocities is a network of major European cities which is active across a wide range of policy areas. Its main objective is to ensure that urban affairs are placed high on the European Union’s policy agenda. It promotes transnational cooperation projects among member cites and helps provide EU funding.

European Greenways Association
The European Greenways Association encourages the use of non-motorised transport, draws up inventories of potential routes and writes technical reports. It promotes and coordinates the exchange of experience and information among its members and gives advice on how to develop non-motorised itineraries.

European Environmental Bureau
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is a federation of more than 140 environmental citizens’ organisations based in  EU member states, accession countries and a few neighbouring countries. These organisations range from local and national, to European and international. The aim of the EEB is to protect and improve the environment of Europe and to enable the citizens of Europe to play their part in achieving that goal.

European Federation for Transport and the Environment (T&E)
The European Federation for Transport and the Environment is Europe's principal environmental organisation campaigning specifically on transport issues. Its members are drawn from NGOs in nearly every European country, all of whom promote a more environmentally sound approach to transport.  T&E provides regular news, briefings, publications and press releases, as well as a monthly newsletter.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth International is a federation of autonomous environmental organisations. With 68 national member organisations and some 5,000 local activist groups worldwide, it is the largest grassroots environmental network in Europe campaigning for sustainable solutions to benefit the planet, people and our common future.

Greenpeace European Unit
The Greenpeace European Unit provides environmental expertise to EU decision-makers and coordinates Greenpeace's relations with the main EU institutions. The unit employs a team of EU policy and legal experts who analyse developments in EU policy and law, and develop strategies to counter the influence of powerful industry lobbies. Greenpeace seeks to promote effective EU measures to improve the protection of the environment and human health.

Green 10
The Green10 is an informal association of environmental NGOs active at EU level.
The Green10 works with the EU law-making institutions to ensure that the environment is placed at heart of policy-making.

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments implementing sustainable development. Its mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global environmental and sustainable development conditions through cumulative local actions. Around 500 cities, towns, and their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI's membership. They - and hundreds of other local governments - are engaged in ICLEI's international campaigns and regional projects

International Friends of Nature (IFN)
The International Friends of Nature focus their activities on Europe's responsibility for sustainable development, environmentally and socially sound tourism, sustainable regional development and active environmental education. They organise cross-border projects, environmental campaigns and events. With 600,000 members, the Friends of Nature are among the biggest non-profit and NGOs worldwide. Apart from seminars and information material they provide environmentally sound leisure-time and travel pro-grammes for their members and run Nature Friends Houses in Europe and overseas .

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environmental and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings numerous actors together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation, with more than 1,000 member organisations, and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 60 offices around the world.

International Young Naturefriends

International Young Naturefriends (IYNF) is the European network of Young Naturefriends organisations. It was established in 1975 and now gathers 19 organisations with 120,000 young members. IYNF facilitates cooperation between its organisations, offers capacity-building activities (including in the field of environmental education) and represents its members at the European level.

Klimabündnis Climate Alliance
The Climate Alliance is an association of European cities and municipalities that have entered into a partnership with indigenous rainforest peoples. This worldwide alliance is united by a common concern for the world's climate. The Alliance bases its climate protection contributions upon commitment and diversity at the local level.

Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (NRG4SD)
The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development is an international association of regional governments willing to share information and experience about sustainable development policy-making at the regional level of governance. With members from the five UN regions of the globe, NRG4SD promotes understanding, collaboration and partnerships in sustainable development and seeks greater international recognition of the importance of the contribution which regions make to sustainable development.

Polis is a network of leading European cities and regions working together for the development of innovative technologies and policies in local transport. The primary objective of Polis is to support European cities and regions in efforts to improve the quality of life through measures to reduce congestion, enhance safety, lower polluting emissions and offer better and equal access to transport services.

Sustainable Energy Europe
Sustainable Energy Europe is a European campaign  which aims to raise public awareness and promote sustainable energy production and use among individuals and organisations, private companies and public authorities, professional and energy agencies, industry associations and NGOs across Europe.

Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC)
The main aim of the UBC is to promote and strengthen cooperation and exchange of experience among the cities in the Baltic Sea Region, to advocate common interests of the local authorities in the region, and to act on behalf of the cities.

WHO Programme on Transport, Environment and Health
The WHO programme on Transport, Environment and Health facilitates a shift in current strategies towards full consideration of transport policies' implications for sustainable development and environment and health.

Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF)
WECF is a network of 70 organisations in more than 30 different countries in Western and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, working on sustainable development, health and environment, and poverty reduction. WECF develops practical projects and policy making activities with its partners at local, national and international levels. WECF carries out activities that focus on practical solutions as well as on increasing women's participation in local and international policy making.

WWF European Policy Office - EPO
The WWF European Policy Office is the 'embassy' of the WWF to the European Union. Its role is to help shape EU legislation and policy in line with the WWF mission to stop the degradation of the natural environment and promote lifestyles in harmony with nature. The EPO leads and co-ordinates the WWF network on EU policy affairs and helps spread the WWF message through the Brussels media corps.

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last update: 01/08/2011