EMS Project in Russia:
Tools for Sustainable Development &
Citizen Involvement

Together with Russian NGO Ecoline, ECOLOGIA is continuing a program to nurture effective environmental management concepts in the Russian Federation. Initiated in 1998, the program seeks to educate members of the business, government and public sectors about the use of environmental management principles as a tool for sustainable growth and development.

Staff work with communities in Siberia (Tomsk region), the Urals (Ekaterinburg), Central Russia (Vladimir) and the Volga region (Chebocksary), conducting workshops and consulting with enterprises. Businesses participating in the project learn how to implement environmental management concepts in order to reduce waste and improve efficiency at their facilities. These "pilot project" enterprises are encouraged to communicate with local stakeholders (e.g. government regulators, public interest groups) while developing their EMS. Public meetings are held to facilitate understanding for all participants of local environmental concerns and issues, as well as to keep stakeholders informed of EMS developments. In addition, NGOs in each of the project target regions are working with Ecoline/ECOLOGIA staff to become local resource centers on EMS.

These groups receive training, participate in project activities and are provided with information and materials. This will establish a network of organizations in Russia able to provide information and assistance on EMS. This second phase of the EMS Implementation Program will continue until September 2001.

The project is funded by IREX, through the SPAN ("Sustaining Partnerships Into the New Century") program.

 Summary of the project's first phase.
 Quarterly Progress Report: April to June 2000
 Quarterly Progress Report: July to September 2000
 Applying EMS in Chebocksary
 Final Report: IREX/USAID SPAN Program
 Site Assessment of a Russian Metal Fabrication Plant

Last modified by: J. Bonde on 14-Jan-02

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