Mission and Programs
international network develops and implements programs for individuals
and organizations working to solve ecological problems at the local,
regional, national and global levels.
was founded in 1989 in order to support grassroots environmental
groups across the Soviet Union. Its programs all focus on support
that enables individuals to better make their own decisions. To
accomplish this, ECOLOGIA maintains offices staffed by local partners
in Vilnius, Lithuania; Moscow, Russia; Minsk, Belarus; Kolkhozabad,
Tajikistan; Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan; the US office is based
in Middlebury, Vermont.
is a private non-profit non-governmental organization. It has received
funding from a variety of sources, including the W. Alton Jones
Foundation, Dreyfus Health Foundation,The Moriah Fund, Mott Foundation,
Open Society Institute, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Trust for Mutual
Understanding, UNICEF, USAID, and numerous individual donors. ECOLOGIA’s
programs include: Nuclear Communities in Transition, the Virtual
Foundation, the Baltic Mini-Grant Program, ISO 14000 Project, Exchange
Programs, Citizens’ Water Monitoring Network, and the online Environmental
Technical Information Project (E-TIP).
international conflict with environmental cooperation not only contributes
to the solution of global environmental problems, it also encourages
face-to-face encounters of people from different cultures and thereby
increases the possibility that future generations will live in peace.
their first visit to Lithuania in 1988, ECOLOGIA staff have supported
Baltic colleagues; many ECOLOGIA programs had their inception in
the interests and goals articulated by people in the Baltic region.
For example, ECOLOGIA’s provision of a hand-held radiation detector
enabled a Lithuanian physicist to independently measure radiation
leaks around the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant in 1989, and to work
with workers’ groups and officials to develop a more reliable system
of radiation protection. Such successes led to the creation of small
grants programs, information services, and citizens’ environmental
monitoring networks. ECOLOGIA was one of the first international
environmental organizations to provide direct aid to Baltic ecologists,
and is committed to maintaining its involvement in the region even
as some other international organizations prepare to leave.