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Project duration: January - December, 2009

The main objective: To support capacity building to develop the role of Belarusian and Northwest Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in policy development and public awareness raising in the field of chemicals management.

Target groups in Russia and Belorus:

* Environmental NGOs
* Educational NGOs (e.g. teachers/youth organisations)
* Health and Consumer Protection NGOs

Project activites:

* to assess training needs among the NGOs regarding their existing knowledge regarding chemicals;
* to arrange 3 training seminars on international hazard concepts, chemicals policy and tools for safe chemicals management will be conducted for NGOs in Belarus and Russia;
* to organize national Russian and Belarusian NGO meetings with competent authorities in chemicals management and industries;
* to generate 15 brochures about all kinds of chemical products, which we face in daily life, their posed risks, potential alternatives to less harm the human health and the environment.

Project results:

* increased Russian and Belarusian NGO competency in chemical field and public awareness raising;
* 3 training seminars for Russian and Belarusian NGO arranged;
* national Russian and Belarusian NGO meetings with competent authorities in chemicals management and industries organized;
* Russian and Belarussian societies informed on project activities and chemical substances in daily goods;
* 2 project applications elaborated to pave the way for further NGO activities in chemical field.

Applicant: BEF-Lithuania

Partners: Public Association “Ecoproject” (Belarus), BEF-Russia, Danish Ecological Council (Denmark), BEF-Estonia (BEF - Estonia).

2nd training for RU and BY NGOs on chemicals management issues, 29-30 June, St. Petersburg, Russia