ANNUAL REPORT
2018
INTRODUCTION
The partners of the Green Network work in various fields, but all together we are inseparable because we share a common vision for the future of Belarus. This report tells about what we do together to achieve collective strategic goals.

The Green Network is open to suggestions and cooperation. We are ready to support new ideas and projects and are always happy to meet new partners.
ABOUT US
The Green Network is a community of environmental organizations, activists, initiatives, and experts who united into a network in 2007 to address environmental issues that can be tackled only in a joint effort.

The partnership comprises 19 environmental public associations and 41 individual participants from Minsk, Grodno, Gomel, Baranovichi, Brest, and other Belarusian cities and towns.
Our Mission
To achieve harmony between human and nature through sustainable development and a strong green movement
Focus Areas:
1. Protection of Nature and Promotion of Its Regeneration
2. Promotion of Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making
3. Development of a Social Green Movement in Belarus

We are guided by the Earth Charter, principles of sustainable development, fairness, transparency, democratic participation, respect for human rights, and gender equality. We cooperate with government agencies, an academic community, civil society, and businesses.
Green Network Board
Irina Sukhy
Ecohome Public Association, Minsk
Oksana Kuzina
Prastora NPO, Vitebsk
Grigory Terentyev
Chairman of the Earth Time Brest Youth Public Association
Leonid Platonenko
Individual member, Mogilev
Uladz Stashkevich
Individual member, Minsk
Andrei Egorov
Director of the Center for European Transformation
Nikolai Kvanteliani
National Coordinator of the EaP CSF in Belarus, Minsk
URBAN FORESTER
Urban Forester is a campaign of the Green Network environmental partnership aimed at preserving green spaces in towns through efforts of citizens.

The campaign is conducted in Minsk and Brest.

In 2018, the campaign presented the Brest Hiking Marathon.
Citizens should be engaged in this process and ask questions, such as: What have you done to make our city comfortable? It it their job to understand how the system functions. On the one hand, you can organize a round-table meeting and invite journalists. On the other hand, you can invite them to a lengthy walk, tell them about the situation, and think about what we would like to see. I teach people to rely on common sense, I tell them how I see the city, why I love it, what remarkable things you can see here, and how to find them.

Igor Korzun, Minsk Urban Forester
"I remember vividly the feeling of solitude and safety that trees gave me. And now I treat nature consiously. Having grown up, I understood how important it is to cherish and protect the things you love and appreciate. It seems to me that if we want to promote the importance of green spaces, we should do it among children in the first place. The understanding will come to parents and adults with the help of children".

Lena Shtyk Bozhko, Brest Urban Forester
GREEN PORTAL
The Portal was created by the Green Network as a platform to tell about partners' activities, promote green ideals, make an ecological lifestyle popular among different audiences in Belarus, and cover the events related to the protection of people's right to favourable environment.
5
Cities
110 000
unique visitors per month
1873
articles per year
>26 000
subscribers in social networks
1 510 000
pages of materials read
2018
545
phone calls
91
messages and letters
23%
problems of green spaces
15%
problems of waste and litter
LEGAL SERVICE
In 2018, Ecohome Public Association together with the Green Network consulted citizens on environmental issues, participated in discussions about architectural projects and reports on the assessment of environmental impact, and amended environmental laws.
GREEN WATCH
The Green Watch is an environmental initiative created to solve particular environmental issues. Monitors control the enforcement of environmental laws.

Any person can join the initiative. At present more than 300 patrols work in Belarus.

Monitors operate in 23 regions of Belarus. The main participants of the Green Watch are the people who are eager to take action.
92
VOLUNTEERS JOINED GREEN WATCH
800
consultations
300
complaints sent to governing bodies
415
problems identified
304
problems solved
VOLUNTEER NETWORK
It is a community of concerned people united by their desire to be ecofriendly and help the environment with their big and small deeds. The volunteer network assists partner organizations in looking for the people who would help them with projects.

Volunteers of the Green Network work in various fields, from planting trees and spreading information to the development of new environmental projects in cooperation with experts.


● More than 2000 hours worked
● More than 578 volunteers all across Belarus

Anyone can join the volunteer network and become an environmentalist.
"Our volunteers are active people who are concerned about the surroundings, who are eager to make the world a better place, who have both competence and time".

Yulya Lisitsa, Green Network Volunteer Service
ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGNS
Through our campaigns we talk about complex ecological topics in simple terms and engage people in the green agenda, inspiring them to ecofriendly lifestyle.

We held a few large national campaigns – Earth Hour, Forest Week, and Zrobim!
"Ecological problems are the most evident and accessible entry point to active citizenship for unbaised people. There is almost no culture of participation in Belarus, people lack skills and understanding what they can do to influence fair decision making and how to do it. But ecology is about health, quality of life, things that affect you personally, and you know the price of inaction – people start to take action in this situation.

What is more, this action may be on entirely different levels, from changing day-to-day habits (conscious purchase of particular goods or waste sorting. Unacceptable Levels and Racing to Zero movies tell about that) to face-to-face communication with those who harm the environment. In the case of Brest battery factory, local people made it to the court, and this is not the only story in Belarus".


Anastasia Bekish, manager of the Green Network environmental partnership and co-organizer of the ECOCUP Festival from the Belarusian side.
ECOCUP ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
The ECOCUP International Cinema Forum took place in Belarus at the end of October.

During five days movies about ecology and the environment were shown in five cities and towns – Minsk, Baranovichi, Bobruisk, Brest, and Vitebsk.

The Festival came to us from Russia, where it has been held for nine years already.
"When you watch some movies, you can't believe it is reality, not a Hollywood blockbuster. Virunga, for example. These films may be funny and subtle. They may be detective films, or romantic comedies. They are united by one thing – every director wants to make the world a better place".

Anastasia Laukkanen, founder of the ECOCUP Festival
ZROBIM
Zrobim! is a part of the global movement Let's Do It! that unites 158 countries and 17 million volunteers.

The organizing committee in Belarus is represented by the members of the Green Network, Minsk Cycling Community NGO, and The Center for Environmental Solutions Institution. The events of Zrobim! are supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Housing and Communal Services.
29
cities, towns, and villages
27
cleanings
105 460
liters of waste
1 344
participants
Green City for Everyone
Green City for Everyone Initiative is a joint project of the Green Network partnership and the Peipsi Estonian public ecological organization, supported by Estonian MFA. The initiative is devoted to the adaptation of green spaces of Minsk to visually challenged people.
Green City for Everyone
Currently, some 6 000 visually challenged people live in Minsk. We don't notice these people. We don't know anything about their perception or understanding of the world. Their mental space is terra incognita for our society – we know the culture of vanished civilizations better that that of the people living beside us. Their life is full of original ideas and aspirations, they need their ideas to be implemented, they want to share their thought and emotions.
Individual Members
1
Bekish Anastasia
2
Bekish Yaroslav
3
Belsky Yuri
4
Bolotina Inessa
5
Burenkin Dmitry
6
Bystrik Artyom
7
Vilsky Evgeny
8
Vinchevsky Alexandr
9
Voiteshek Alexandr
10
Ermolenkov Viktor
11
Efimova Alesya
12
Kobyak Andrei
13
Kozulko Georgy
14
Koleda Yulia
15
Korzun Igor
16
Korolyova Svetlana
17
Kremlyova Olga
18
Kudravets Kiril
19
Kupryakov Aleksei
20
Kutalovsky Igor
21
Lobanov Evgeny
22
Lovkis Anatoly
23
Magonov Sergei
24
Maisuk Elena
25
Novikova Tatyana
26
Nozdrya Pavel
27
Otto Evika
28
Panchkovskaya Inna
29
Pastukhov Igor
30
Pakhomenko Andrei
31
Platonenko Leonid
32
Polutskaya Nina
33
Porechina Natalya
34
Semenas Svetlana
35
Sidorenko Yanina
36
Stashkevich Vladimir
37
Strizhenkova Tatyana
38
Sushko Alla
39
Falaleeva Mariya
40
Shepetyuk Alexandr
41
Shtyk-Bozhko Elena
Контакты:
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Верстка: Игорь Корзун.
Фото: Денис Зеленко, Тимур Кабуш, Лев Мирошниченко, Христина Чернявская.