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Workshops will show people how they can protect their environment

AKTAU - 04 November 2014

By what tools to inform the public about the environment better or how the citizens can effectively participate in decision-making processes. These are the main topics of a series of seminars that will be held this week in Aktau, capital of Mangystau Province of Kazakhstan. Experts from Mangystau, Central Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic will present on-line map of environmental hotspots of the province.

Environmental organizations will also launch the Small Grants Programme to financially support local civic initiatives. Courses and workshops are addressed to representatives of local governments, active citizens, NGOs and the media. List of individual actions is annexed to this press release.

“Training will gather more than 40 participants from NGOs and environmental journalist specializing in environmental issues, as well as government officials to explore practical mechanisms for implementing key provisions of the Aarhus Convention. Coaching staff and a rich program will enable participants to learn the best practices of the convention, practical examples from Europe and our country, to discuss the problem and find possible solutions,” said Kirill Osin, Regional project Coordinator, Director of NHRIs "Eco Mangistau".

Crucial first step to solve environmental problems is free access to true and full information. Cooperation of citizens, state authorities, experts, private companies is essential, while the media play important role in enlightment,” Martin Skalsky from the Czech NGO Arnika says. He will present successful examples from his country: top ten of the biggest polluters of the environment, campaign to stop felling the trees or the database of harmful development projects, existing in city of Prague.

Dmitry Kalmykov from Karaganda EcoMuseum will explain how to understand and interpret environmental data on toxic pollution. Svetlana Spatar from the Green Salvation, Almaty, will share wide experience of this organization and experience of massive campaign “Save Kok-Jeilau” to protect high-mountains territory inhabited by snow leopard.

Coalition of non-governmental organizations will launch Small Grants Programme to help the citizens of Mangystau to solve environmental problems in their neighbourhood. The amount of individual grants will range from 1,500 EUR to 3,000 EUR. All interested people can come to the workshop at November 6, get the project form and explanation about how to submit a project. In total, 16,000 EUR will be distributed to local citizens initiatives.

 

The project "Enforcing citizens’ rights and public participation in decision making on environmental issues – practical implementation of Aarhus Convention in Mangystau" is implemented by Arnika (the Czech Republic), Eco Mangystau, Ecomuseum and CINEST (Karaganda). The funds for the project have been provided by the European Union to the amount of EUR 336.120.

For more information, please contact: Vratislav Voznik (Arnika): This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , mob. +420 606 727 942, Kirill Osin (Eco Mangystau): This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , mob. +7 701 415 3161, tel./fax +7 792 250 3880, or Karla Jamankulova, Press and Information Officer, the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Annex

More informations about whole project: http://english.arnika.org/press-releases/practical-implementation-of-aarhus-convention-the-eu-project-launched-in-mangystau

 

Practical solution of environmental issues: week of workshops in Aktau, Kazakhstan

A series of training sessions, meetings with local community and the round table will be held in Aktau in the week from 3 to 7 November 2014 and are intended for non-governmental organizations, state authorities and mass media.

November 5: Round table with authorities

The walls of Mangystau Province akimat will host a round table of state authorities, private companies and businessmen, citizens, independent experts, non-governmental organizations and active citizens. The discussion will focus on  practical implementation of the Aarhus Convention in the region - public participation in decision making and access to environmental information. The meeting will be held under auspices and with participation of the deputies akim of Mangystau Province. Memorandum of Understanding between the provincial akimat and non-governmental organization "Eco Mangystau" will be signed at the end of discussion.

Time: 9:30 – 13:00 / Venue: Mangystau Province Akimat

November 5: Training for the journalists

How media could cooperate with civic organizations? Examples of the campaigns where the non-governmental organizations serve as a source of data or new information for the media will be presented. What tools journalists can use to explain the environmental issues to the public understandable way?

Time: 15:00 – 18:00 / Venue: Aktau Hotel, 2 microdistrict, 1st floor, conference room

November 6: Training for non-governmental organizations

Interpretation of environmental information, successful examples and practical tips will be presented for working with the information and participation in decision making procedures. Importance of cooperation of the non-governmental organizations and the media will be stressed. Small Grants Programme for local civic initiatives will be launched, offering total sum of 16,000 EUR

Time: 09:30 – 17:00 / Venue: Aktau Hotel, 2 microdistrict, 1st floor, conference room

November 7: Science Café “To Know Or Not To Know”

Active citizens and independent experts are invited for a cup of tea and friendly informal discussion one of the hot problems of the region – waste management.

Time: 11:00 – 14:00 / Venue: Pub Crystal, 12 microdistrict