Belgrade Open School (BOS) is a civil society organization founded in 1993 with the idea of providing non-formal education programs to selected students of the University of Belgrade. BOS is today engaged in the development of human resources, the advancement of public policies and the capacity building of the civil, public and private sectors. Since 2011, BOS has been engaged in improving public policies in the fields of energy, climate change and environmental protection. BOS is, among other things, committed to the availability of information and public participation in decision making processes related to energy, climate and environment, compliance with the Aarhus Convention and EU Horizontal Legislation as a part of the EU Environmental Acquis, the decarbonization of the Energy Sector, and Local development policies in line with particularities of local communities.
These and all the other goals are at the center of the work of BOS in its Energy, Climate and Environment Programme Area. The activities of BOS are monitoring of the EU accession process of Serbia in chapters 27 (Environment and Climate change) and 15 (Energy), advocacy and public policy monitoring, trainings for CSO activists and for active participation in the decision making, support for institutions and local self-governments in creating and implementing policies in areas of Environment protection, Energy and Climate Change.
Bird protection and study society of Serbiawas established in 1989 to operate in the field of research and protection of birds. It originated from the Vojvodina Ecological Society Commission for the Protection and Study of Birds and it comprised amateur ornithologists mainly from Vojvodina. To reflect its dedicated nation-wide work, it was renamed in 2011, and the name remains to this day. In 2013, the Society became an associate member of the BirdLife International, the largest ornithological network in the world, and was promoted to full membership in 2018.
The main strategic goal of the Society’s work is the protection of birds, through the active protection of particular species and their habitats. Additionally, with the same goal in mind, the Society gathers data on the distribution of birds and the factors that may endanger them; analyses, produces, and advocates for public policies, and cooperates with decision-makers. The Society emphasises public education and strives to raise awareness among the public on the topic of endangered birds and how to protect them and their habitats. The Society’s vision is Conserved Habitats for Birds and People, while its mission is to advocate for the conservation of all bird species and their habitats. The Society’s values include the love of birds and nature first of all, as well as the right to biodiversity, selflessness, dedication, openness, and optimism.
Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe is Europe’s leading NGO coalition fighting dangerous climate change. With over 150 member organisations from 35 European countries, representing over 1.700 NGOs and more than 40 million citizens, CAN Europe promotes sustainable climate, energy and development policies throughout Europe.
The vision of CAN is a world actively striving towards and achieving the protection of the global climate in a manner that promotes equity and social justice between peoples, sustainable development of all communities, and protection of the global environment.
CAN Europe works on a broad range of issues including climate, energy and finance policies, to contribute to the zero-carbon transition that should allow us to avoid dangerous climate change. We do that with a great team of experts in the CAN Europe secretariat as well as with hundreds of staff from our member organisations, that engage through working groups, mailing lists, conference call and our bi-annual General Assemblies.
Environment Improvement Centre (EIC) is NGO founded in 2009, in Belgrade, Serbia, with aim to improve responsibility of human’s interaction with the environment, to actively participate in social processes and multi sectoral activities leading to establishment of sustainable, inclusive and smart development. EIC is a member of international networks (UN Global Compact, Green Film Network,), as well as national ones (Coalition 27, Natura 2000). For its work, EIC received an award “Star of Belgrade” in 2010 and “Green leaf” in 2018, EFFE label from 2015/2016 and 2017/2018, and cooperates with over 150 governmental, non-governmental, professional, educational and cultural institutions, media and private companies.
Environmental Engineers (EWS) is a civil society organization founded in 2005. Founders found the inspiration in the need to give a clear and concrete contribution to reducing the harmful impact of humans on the environment and the application of knowledge and energy for achieving sustainable development. The work philosophy of IZZS also relies on a letter from the Indian Chief Seattle from 1854, which is a manifestation of the spiritually superior natives over the primitive conquerors and their relationship to Mother Nature. Professional environmental engineers and experts from similar professions have a special place in the organisation. Our vision is for Serbian citizens to conserve the resources of their communities by developing a circular economy.
The mission of IZZS is to inform, educate and encourage society to actively participate in the sustainable development of their communities through the conservation of natural resources, the development of circular economy, and the preservation of the health and well-being of all living beings. Apart from being a member of Coalition 27, Environmental Engineering Group are founders and members of the Association of environmental organizations “Green List of Serbia” and Youth Association of the organizations “Novi Sad European Youth Capital” – OPENS.
Safer Chemicals Alternative – ALHem is a civil society organization whose goal is to promote sustainable development, and above all chemical safety management. ALHem uses the scientifically proven knowledge of the hazards of chemicals, as well as ways for their replacement with safer alternatives and safe management. ALHem works operates at all levels of society with the objective of reducing risks from chemicals to human health and the environment.
ALHem is acting as a catalyst for open dialogue between business, authorities and Civil Society Organizations. ALHem’s Vision is to be a leading advocate of sound chemicals policy based on current scientific understanding in Serbia and in the region. ALHem is transferring experience of European and international non-governmental organizations in the effort to establish safe chemicals management, i.e. it is contributing to the exercise of right on healthy environment as one of fundamental human rights.
Young Researchers of Serbia (YRS) is a civil society organization that gathers young people around common interests, ideas and goals. The organization’s motto is ” THINK BIG – do little: start an avalanche!”. YRS’s mission is to contribute to the development of volunteerism and the promotion of its values, the protection and promotion of the environment through education, guided by scientific knowledge, while promoting the principles of sustainable development, creativity and active participation of young people.
The goals of MIS are to protect nature and preserve the environment in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, the development and promotion of volunteerism, as well as the popularization of scientific research and creativity among young people. Young Researchers in Serbia are the founders and members of numerous CSO networks: Natura 2000 Resource Center of Serbia, Coalition 27, Climate Forum, Green Chair, CCIVS – Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service, YEE – Youth and Environment Europe, CEEWEB – Central and East European Working Group for the Enhancement of Biodiversity, Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations, and a partner of the YAP and SCI networks in Serbia. MIS is one of the founders of SEEYN – South East Europe Youth Network and Youth CAN – Youth Culture in Action Network.
Main fields of activities of the World Wide Fund for Nature are biodiversity conservation, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources and climate change adaptations. Our approach is based on development of open and permanent dialogue with the relevant actors in the field of habitat and species conservation, conservation and sustainable use of water resources, protected areas, forestry, climate change, sustainable tourism and other relevant sectors. World Wide Fund for Nature is actively participating in development of environmental policies and is implementing projects on nature conservation, biodiversity research, participation of local communities in governance, as well as projects on education and promotion of natural values.