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FoE Croatia- Zelena akcija - Green Action

Green Action is a leading non-governmental organization for environmental protection in Croatia. Its activist approach in solving environmental problems enables its staff and volunteers to effectively deal with challenging and often, serious issues.

Green Action was founded in 1990 and its headquarters are in Zagreb, Croatia. A small team of professionals supports the work of numerous volunteers and activists, who cover a wide range of topics in their work. Green Action is active on local, national and global levels and promotes the protection of nature and the environment, while advocating for sustainable development in Croatian and other communities. It also focuses on activities that foster public participation in decision-making processes with the aim of improving the quality of life in Croatia.

Contact Information: 
Frankopanska 1
10 000 Zagreb

WWF EPO - European Policy Office

About Us

At WWF, we envision a world in which people and nature thrive – but we’ll only get there if we all play a role and we work together.
Our mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:
  • conserving the world’s biological diversity
  • ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable; and
  • promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption

The European Policy Office helps shape EU policies that impact on the European and global environment.

Why does WWF work on the EU level? 

The EU is responsible for approximately 80% of environmental laws in the member states and for policies such as agriculture, fisheries, regional aid, climate and energy, trade and development cooperation. The WWF European Policy Office advocates on the EU level for a more sustainable future for people and planet.

The EU is also a major player in international environmental and development agreements - such as the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its recently agreed Paris Agreement. It is also active in many other international arenas that affect nature conservation and environmental sustainability worldwide, such as the World Trade Organisation. 

Corporate engagement

Progressive businesses are allies in our advocacy work, both in Brussels and at national level. Find out more about WWF International’s private sector engagement.


Contact Information: 
WWF European Policy Office
Rue Du Commerce 123
1000 Brussels

Pro Natura (FoE Switzerland)

That's us

Form Pro Natura is a private non-profit organization founded in 1909. It's the largest organization for nature conservation in Switzerland. Pro Natura welcomes everybody wishing to contribute to conservation in Switzerland.

Basis over 100'000 members and 30'000 donors

Organization Leading positions on all levels are held by volunteers; 120 employees in the head office in Basel and the cantonal offices of Pro Natura. 


What we do 

Politics Pro Natura stands for a sustainable policy in all nature-related fields. It forms a pressure and lobbying group in cooperation with other national and international environmental organizations. Legal action is taken if necessary to protect nature's rights.

Nature reserves Pro Natura secures through legally binding contracts over 650 nature preserves, an area of about 250 square kilometers throughout Switzerland. A portion of these nature preserves are professionally managed by Pro Natura itself. Over 60 square kilometers is owned by Pro Natura, making it the largest private landowner in Switzerland. Each year, Pro Natura secures new areas or purchases new parcels of land to improve protection, realign boundaries, and upgrade existing nature preserves. With its nature preserves, Pro Natura protects the habitats of a vast number of animals and plants species, furnishing them and their future generations with an attractive and unspoiled landscape. Pro Natura was founded to create the only Swiss National Park in 1914 and has since helped to establish half of all protected areas in Switzerland. The creation and management of nature reserves is still one of the main tasks of Pro Natura.

Education Nature and environment education is an important field of Pro Natura activities. Campaigns designed for schools and classes as much as a documentation service for teachers give ideas and involve thousands of kids every year. The Pro Natura Centers in Aletsch (Valais, Alps) and Champ-Pittet (on the Lake of Neuchatel) offer special programs for schools and youth groups. A children’s magazine is offered to all younger members of Pro Natura.

Communication Pro Natura explains the wonders of nature and the necessities of conservation. The Pro Natura Magazin is published five times a year and distributed free to all members. Media work, regular press releases and a variety of other publications contribute to our communication effort.

International Pro Natura is founding member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Swiss member of Friends of the Earth International. Pro Natura takes part in regional networks such as Friends of the Earth Europe and the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps CIPRA.

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Friends of the Earth Norway - Norges Naturvernforbund

Founded in 1914, Norges Naturvernforbund (Friends of the Earth Norway) is Norway's oldest environmental and nature protection organisation. Norges Naturvernforbund is membership based and democratic, and consists of over 20,000 members divided between approximatley 100 local groups across the country, working to solve environmental issues both local and global.

Statement of purpose

(As stated in our bylaws, first paragraph)

"The Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature/Friends of the Earth Norway will strive to protect nature and the environment in such a way that human activity does not exceed the carrying capacity of nature.

The Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature/Friends of the Earth Norway will work for a society where people live in harmony with nature.

This is a society where the basis and diversity of life is secured for future generations, and where nature's own values are the foundation of the work to increase man's respect for, and love of, life and landscape."


Our main goal is to protect nature and the environment so that human activity does not exceed the tolerance limits of our planet. We are concerned with a wide range of issues in environmental and nature conservation, but work specifically with the areas conservation, climate change, energy and transportation.

Although we have a national agenda, many environmental questions have proven to have an international or even global character. Issues concerning development, resource allocations and international cooperation are very much part of our everyday activities.

Our organisation is governed by a national executive committee and a central committee, both headed by the organization's elected leader Lars Haltbrekken. Secretary General Maren Esmark manages the daily operations.

Norges Naturvernforbund issues the publication “Natur & Miljø” ("Nature and the environment"), which has a high focus on global climate change, energy and development issues.

Our secretariat is located in the centre of Oslo (See map here). We also have employees located in Kragerø and Trondheim. The largest regional branches also have their own offices with employees.

Nature and Youth” is our youth organisation, while our organisation for children is called "the Eco-agents”.

A member of Friends of the Earth International, Norges Naturvernforbund is Norway's representative in the world's largest grassroots environmental network with more than 2 millon members worldwide. Together we campaign today's most urgent environmental and social issues.

Contact Information: 
Mariboes gate 8
0183 Oslo

Luonto-Liitto r.y. - Nature League of Finland

Nature League – Luonto-Liitto in Finnish – is a nation-wide non-governmental nature and environmental protection organization for children and the youth.

Nature League in a nutshell

  • Nation-wide nature and environment protection organization for children, the youth, and young adults
  • Works in forest, wild animal, water system, climate and energy issues and pioneers environmental education in Finland
  • Organizes nature club and camp activities and courses and publishes guidebooks and other material related to nature and the environment
  • Circa 7 000 members
  • Eight district and two local organizations
  • Economically and administratively independent member organization of the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation
  • Politically independent
  • Founded in 1943 

Nature League in brief

Nature League – Luonto-Liitto in Finnish – is a nation-wide non-governmental nature and environmental protection organization for children and the youth. Most of our members are between 5 and 29 years of age. Our mission is a society where natural biodiversity and the intrinsic value of nature is acknowledged and respected. In order to achieve our goals we offer knowledge, experiences and activities, and create possibilities for young people to influence and participate to environmental decision-making processes.

Nature League is one of the few nation-wide environmental NGOs in Finland, and the only one mainly emphasizing youth environmental work. We are both politically and organizationally independent, and the youth organization of the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (Suomen luonnonsuojeluliitto), the biggest national ENGO in Finland. Nature League has circa 7 000 members, eight regional, and two local organizations in Finland.

Nature League, founded in 1943, is well respected in Finland. Currently, the emphasis of our work is on the following activities:

Environmental education for children and the youth

  • Nature League runs afternoon nature clubs for children
  • NL runs environmental groups for the youth
  • NL organizes circa 30 nature camps annually, targeted for children and youth between 7 and 15 years of age. Most of these camps take place during the summer time.

Courses in environmental education for the youth, students and adults

  • Courses on running a nature club
  • Courses for those who want to work as nature camp leaders on NL’s camps
  • Courses on nature and exploring the wilderness
  • Courses on environmental education for interested young adults
  • Courses on specific biological and environmental themes
  • Tailor-made commercial courses focusing on environmental education for professionals in the fields of child care and education


  • NL publishes guidebooks and various other materials on nature themes such as, e.g., bird watching, and on environmental themes, such as energy issues
  • NL publishes material encouraging youth environmental participation and citizenship
  • NL publishes two magazines: Children’s own nature magazine Sieppo, and for older members Nuorten Luonto, each with a circulation of about 2500 copies per number

Environmental policy work

NL acts as a general ENGO, monitoring the state of the environment within the limits of its resources. Most of the work is done by voluntary youth and student activists. As one of the national ENGOs, NL participates regularly in various administrational processes as a committee member or as an expert advisor. The organization also monitors activities of the relevant authorities in its key areas of expertise. These include:

  • Old-growth forest protection and sustainable use of Finnish forest resources
  • Raising awareness of the living conditions of large wild carnivores local to Finland, including bear, wolf, wolverine, and lynx
  • Campaigning for the Baltic Sea ecosystem and sustainable fishing
  • Environmentally sustainable transportation
  • Energy and climate issues
  • Development cooperation, fair trade, and multiculturalism
  • Environmentally sustainable consumerism and anti-consumerism
Contact Information: 
Annankatu 26 A 5 krs.
00100 Helsinki

Legambiente League for the Environment

Legambiente is a non-profit association born in 1980. The mission of the association is to make the environmental culture the centre of a new kind of development and diffused well-being. Important values for the association are the improvement of environmental quality, the fight against all forms of pollution, a wise use of natural resources, the construction of a more balanced relationship between human beings and the nature. Spreading those values could be an effective way to respond to the challenges of our time: the modernization of the economy, the commitment to beat unemployment, the struggle for peace and against all forms of discrimination and social injustice, the effort to consider globalization not only as a mere trading of goods but also as a means to improve quality of life and to give rights to billions of men and women forced to live in poverty.
The awareness campaigns Goletta Verde (Green Schooner), Treno Verde (Green Train), Operazione Fiumi (Operation Rivers), Carovana delle Alpi (Caravan of the Alps) and Salvalarte (Save the Art), allow Legambiente to collect thousands of data on the water and city pollution, on the alpine system and artistic heritage.
The association supports renewable energies and GMO-free agriculture and it is committed against the greenhouse effect, the eco-mafia and illegal buildings and the protection of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Italian territories.

Moreover, Legambiente’s awareness campaigns Puliamo il Mondo (Clean Up the World), Clean up the Med, Mal’Aria (Sick Air) and thousands of workcamps in Italy and abroad, have shown the way forward for a strong and combative environmental volunteerism

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Framtiden i våre hender - Future in our Hands

Framtiden i våre hender (The Future in our hands - FIOH) is Norway's largest environmental organization, and works for a fair distribution of the world's resources.

We think that the sustainability of nature and the climate is more important than growing the consumption and economy of rich countries.

We work to make government and business facilitate green and ethical choices.

We are committed to the global environment and a globally fair distribution of wealth. We believe the two are inseparably linked, in a way that requires us to work on both subjects in an integrated way. The organization has about 22.000 members in Norway.

Future in our hands is a non-governmental organization independent from political parties or religious groups. We have a democratic structure, with a bi-annual general assembly and a competent board.

We have 20 local groups in Norway, and 20 employees working at the head office in Oslo and with some of the local groups. We do information and awareness-rasing through advocacy and debates in schools, political assemblys, social media, tv, radio and newspapers. We focus on:

Create support for the need for a reduced consumption of natural resources in Norway, to protect the environment and the world's poor Create a longing in the population for a less commercialised society, and a lifestyle with a reduced focus on materialism.

Fair distribution
Create support for global redistribution, where the poor improve their living conditions, and the rich reduce their consumption of natural resources. Work to reverse the flow of capital, which currently runs from the South to the North.

Business ethics
Monitoring ethical standards on Norwegian foreign investments and Norwegian businesses' conduct in developing countries. It has a special focus on human rights impacts end environmental standards. Articles and comments to Norwegian media.

Contact Information: 
Fredensborgveien 24 G
0177 Oslo

Suomen Luonnonsuojelulitto (SLL) - Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC)

The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) is the largest non-governmental organization for environmental protection and nature conservation in Finland. 

The purpose of the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation is to protect the environment, promote nature conservation, preserve cultural heritage, and promote active citizenship and environmental awareness.

In order to realize its purpose we

  • act as a link between different environmental organizations,

  • practice publishing, training, environmental education and other educational activities and research,

  • put forward motions and initiatives and issue statements on affairs associated with our field,

  • act in other similar ways to keep the Finnish nature viable, productive, beautiful, diverse and valuable,

  • promote nature protection and sustainable development in the regions affected by Finland as an industrialized country, and

  • participate in the international co-operation in its field.

Contact Information: 
Itälahdenkatu 22a B
00210 Helsinki

Doğa Koruma Merkezi - Nature Conservation Centre

he Nature Conservation Centre (DKM) is a Foundation established in 2004 by a group of experienced ecologists and nature conservationists. These experts, from Turkey and the UK, formed DKM in order to provide a centrally organised pool of expertise and technical capacity for conserving biodiversity in Turkey and the surrounding area.


DKM's members have each had a long involvement in nature and environmental conservation in Turkey, with some individual's active interest and experience both here and abroad stretching back to the 1960s. In Turkey, DKM’s members have worked with government, the private sector, NGOs, research institutions, individual experts and volunteers, carrying out major studies of mountain, forest, wetland and steppe ecosystems.

Contact Information: 
A. Öveçler
1293 Street No:9/32 Çankaya
06460 Ankara

Christian Aid UK

Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice.

We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.

Our vision 

Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid has a vision - an end to poverty - and we believe that vision can become a reality.

From April 2012, Christian aid's work will be focused around the goals and objectives identified in our corporate strategy, 'Partnership for change – the power to end poverty' .

Our essential purpose

  • to expose the scandal of poverty

  • to help in practical ways to root it out from the world 

  • to challenge and change structures and systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.

Our mandate 

We are an agency of our churches in Britain and Ireland and are mandated to work on relief, development and advocacy for poverty eradication.  Christian Aid’s work is founded on Christian faith, inspired by hope and acts to change an unjust world through charity – a  practical love and care for our neighbours.

Our values

Love and solidarity

We are called to love and care for one another in compassion and humility, as we stand alongside all those who struggle against poverty, powerlessness and injustice.

Dignity and respect

We are convinced that every human being has innate dignity. All people are of equal worth, which is why we place honesty and respect for others at the heart of what we do.

Justice and equality

We understand that where people lack power, poverty prevails, so we support work that empowers individuals and communities. We fight injustice and inequality with courage, hope and determination, challenging the structures and systems that prevent people from rising out of poverty.

Cooperation and partnership

Our work is rooted in a spirit of cooperation and we affirm the value of acting in partnership with others. We work with and for the churches, as well as with other faith and secular groups. We also engage with other key actors, including civil society, government and the private sector, in various ways and on various levels.

Accountability and stewardship

We are accountable for how we use the resources entrusted to us, ensuring that our decision-making is open and transparent. We measure our impact and are always striving to improve our performance.

We are committed to being effective stewards of the planet's scarce resources and caring for the earth for the sake of future generations.

Contact Information: 
35 Lower Marsh Waterloo
SE1 7RL London
United Kingdom


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