MIGRATION MATTERS

Start/End date: 1 September 2016 – 21 December 2016

The goal of this project was to discuss and identify the main themes and topics relevant for both the EU and Russia, and to establish a working group on migration that functions within the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. The workshop was in principal internal. Members from the Forum were invited as well as others who were involved in the migration workshops for Europe Lab 2015 and 2016. As we cooperated with Torino city, some relevant actors on municipal or regional level were also involved. When it came to integration issues, we looked at the many challenges that had to be solved at this level of government. The cooperation we sought was beneficial for that level, for this region and for other regions and municipalities in our geographical working area as well.

Working / Expert Group involved: Human Rights and Rule of Law

Countries involved: Netherlands, Russia, Hungary, Italy

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND CLIMATE ADAPTATION OF WATER RESOURCES REGULATORY SYSTEMS

Start/End date: 15 October 2016 – 15 November 2016

The topic of this workshop and study trip was motivated by the necessity to take into account climate change in initiating a transition to a low-carbon economy and addressing the necessity to preserve natural ecosystems (especially water), two pressing issues shared by the European Union and Russia. As a result of a three-day interactive workshop and study trip, an analysis of the negative consequences of overlooking climate change impact on the current water regulation system was conducted. Focus was placed on biodiversity, forest ecology, natural habitat of indigenous people and local communities. Particular attention was given to extreme climatic events such as droughts and flooding’s. Similarly, interconnectivity between hydro- and coal power generation, and the stability of power generation in the region depending on climatic cycles were also put under scrutiny. NGO’s initiatives were systemized in order to optimize our response to climate adaptation and water resources regulatory systems, reduce the share of coal-fired generation through greater efficiency of existing hydropower complexes, and finally develop a step by step guideline to prevent and minimize damage to the environment, indigenous people and local communities in times of extreme weather events (droughts and floods).

Working / Expert Group involved: Environmental protection

Countries involved: Russia, Germany, Czech Republic and other European NGO non-members of the CSF from Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway

JOINT NGO INITIATIVE FOR A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CRISES

Start/End date: 1 October 2016 – 30 November 2016

In October 2016, the Slovak organization Pontis, member of the working group, organized the “International Conference Development and Democracy: Sustainable World with No One Left Behind”. That conference brought together an international community of NGOs in order to discuss new solutions for pressing issues connected with the modern development of democracies and also to make new contacts. 2016’s priority themes were regional sustainable development; openness, dynamism and security in cities; involvement of NGOs in policy-making and improvement of its mechanisms in delivering humanitarian aid; migration as a driving force for development, social change innovation in the world; and other issues. Interaction between members of the working group with European partners during conferences allowed them firstly to have an overview of the state of Russian civil society. Secondly, it allowed participants to discover and discuss possible terms of further cooperation in the framework of international infrastructures and funds, such as the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum and to agree on a long-term partnership.

Working / Expert Group involved: Civic Participation for Sustainable Development

Working groups brochure: De-radicalisation of Conflicts

Countries involved: Russia, Slovakia

CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION WORKSHOP IN WARSAW

Start/End date: 1 February 2017 – 31 May 2017

The Citizenship Education Workshop in Warsaw aimed to strengthen the CSF Citizenship Education Working Group and broaden its networking opportunities (among member and non-member organizations). The 3-day workshop for 20 participants was an opportunity for WG members to learn about the experience of Polish organizations operating in the field of citizenship education as well as to share experience among workshop participants. Part of the program was devoted to planning further activities of the Working group, which intended to enhance its activities in the future. A presentation of the work of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum and the Citizenship Education Working Group to broader public also took place within the program.

Working / Expert Group involved: Civic Education

Countries involved: Poland, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany