Active participation of civil society and NGO’s– a precondition for effective implementation of regional policy for the municipal waste management

The project is financially supported by the European Union, Phare 2003 “Cross Border Co-operation Programme in the Baltic Sea Region” (LV2003/005-876). The project is implemented from 1 December 2005 till the end of September 2006. Activities will take place in Latvia (Vidzeme, Valmiera and rural areas) and Estonia (Viljandi and rural areas)
The overall goal of the project is to promote active participation of civil society and NGO’s in effective implementation of municipal waste management policy on the regional level.
 The specific objectives of the action are as follows:
 • To establish and activate Latvian and Estonian NGO’s cooperation and participation in effective implementation of municipal waste management policy on the regional level.
• To stimulate and motivate the participation of different groups of civil society in the achieving the targets of the municipal waste management policy.
• To promote exchange of the information and experience among the stakeholders on the role of civil society in the municipal waste management.
• To elaborate and disseminate of information materials to the local inhabitants and selected target groups about their role in the achieving the targets of household waste management policy.
 Target group: NGO in the Latvia and Estonia schools inhabitants as well as local authorities Ministry of the Environment.
 Activities:
• Cooperation of the Vidzeme’ and Viljandi NGOs for contribution of the effective implementation of municipal waste management policy on the regional level.
 • Participation of different society groups in the achieving targets of municipal waste management – schoolchildren activities (contest of drawings, environmental posters, regional forum, experience exchange visit) and for inhabitants – study on consumption patterns, questionnaire on waste sorting; inhabitant discussion forum).
 • Exchange of information and experience among the stakeholders about the role of the civil society in the municipal waste management – an international conference and exhibition of its results.
 • Elaboration and dissemination of the information materials – developed and disseminated targeted publications for NGOs, schoolchildren, inhabitants of the region.
 • Publicity of the project – TV and radio plots about project activities, articles in the regional newspapers and information disseminated via internet; published results and project outputs.