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A SEED Europe (Action for Solidarity, Equality, Environment, and Development Europe)

A SEED is a network that initiates actions and campaigns on environmental and social justice issues. A SEED was established by young people in 1991 in response to the UNCED Earth Summit proceedings in Rio and aimed to forge alliances among young people committed to social and environmental justice. Its current campaigns are centred on issues surrounding the production, distribution and consumption of food (small, local organic farms instead of agribusiness, biotechnology and supermarkets selling genetically modified food); and the coordination of the World Bank Boycott in Europe. Its main activities are promoting discussion, encouraging positive action, distributing publications and coordinating meetings.

Address : Plantage Doklaan 12 a
1018 CM Amsterdam - Netherlands
Phone: +31-20-668-2236
Fax: +31-20-468 2275

Be!Sharp (Built Environment, Sustainable Habitat and ARchitecture PArtnership)

Be!Sharp is a platform that aims to enable the creation and development of a common space that will allow mobility and pooling of competencies and know-how between the academic, the professional and the entrepreneurial sectors, between Europe and India, in the field of sustainable built environment.

The main activities of the programme are :

  • an Euro-Indian internship and exchange programme for young professionals
  • a resource centre which provides online and offline information
  • a media & communication unit that documents on-going projects and produce short films
  • a networking for universities and associations, professionals, organisations, etc.

Environmental Defense (...)

Environmental Defense is an american nonprofit organization representing more than 400,000 members. Since 1967, it is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are clean air, clean water, healthy food and flourishing ecosystems.

Address : 257 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010 - USA
Tel : (212) 505-2100
Fax : (212) 505-2375
Email :
Website :

Global Response

Global Response (GR) is an Environmental Action and Education Network based in Colorado (US). It was founded in 1990, has today some 6000 members in 100 countries. GR organizes international letter-writing campaigns to help communities prevent environmental destruction (anything between the protection of sea turtles and ozone layer). GR takes action only when the requests come from the local grassroots and indigenous groups and empowers people of all ages, cultures, and nationalities to protect the environment by creating partnerships for effective citizen action.

Address : PO Box 7490, Boulder, Colorado, 80306 - USA
Phone: 303 444 0306
Fax: 303 449 9794
Email: erin AT

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

IFAW is dedicated to animal welfare for forty years. It is based in 13 countries and gathers two million contributors worldwide.

Address: International Headquarters, 411 Main Street, P.O. Box 193, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675 - USA
Phone: 1 508 744 2000 / 1 800 932 4329
Fax: 1 508 744 2009
Email: info AT (see also: contact)
Website :

International South Group Network (ISGN)

International South Group Network began in 1994 and represents a global South-South network of individuals, social movements and centers of research and learning. The network is engaged in thematic campaigns on issues such as debt and Jubilee, trade and the WTO, land and food security, environment, women and gender, corruption and governance, and most recently, war and militarism. It works through advocacy, dissemination of analysis, the promotion of people’s on-the-ground struggles, research and workshops.

Address: 98 Mapang-akit St.Pinyahan, Quezon City, Philippines
Phone: (632) 927-6309
Email: rcpd AT

International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - The World Conservation Union

The World Conservation Union was founded in October 1948 as the International Union for the Protection of Nature (or IUPN). It supports and develops cutting-edge conservation science; implements this research in field projects around the world; and then links both research and results to local, national, regional and global policy by convening dialogues between governments, civil society and the private sector.

Address : Rue Mauverney 28, Gland, 1196 - SWITZERLAND
Phone: +41 (22) 999-0000
Fax: +41 (22) 999-0002

Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ)

Formed in 1986 by a group of journalists, the Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) has completed 19 years of continuous work in the spheres of environmental protection and sustainable development. NEFEJ now undertakes various programs to try to effect positive changes in the environmental field and other social areas. Nefej is a membership organization. Nepal journalists, either working in print, radio or TV, are awarded full membership. Nepali experts or others who are involved in environmental conservation can become associate members of the Forum
info at

PENGON (Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network)

The Palestinian Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PENGON) is a coordinating body between the different Palestinian NGOs working in the field of environment. It aims to serve Palestinian environmental issues by coordinating endeavors between the member organizations, strengthening and building the efficiency within each organization, and enhancing relations within the Network as well as with other organizations domestically and abroad, such as local government agencies and international environmental organizations.

The idea of establishing a network of Palestinian environmental organizations began in 1998, when a number of the NGOs felt the urgent need to coordinate their efforts. These organizations faced a Palestinian environment in grave danger due to violent Israeli occupation practices on the ground, including the confiscation of land, illegal settlement activities, the uprooting of trees, the destruction of Palestinian agricultural land, the use of Palestinian occupied lands by Israel as dumping ground for poisonous industrial waste, and the exhausting of water resources and the polluting of the water ground reservoirs by settlements. These concerns have intensified dramatically since the recent Intifada.

To cope with this desperate situation, and to coordinate the scattered efforts of the different Palestinian NGOs in the field of the environment, a number of active Palestinian NGOs held several meetings in April and May of 2001. The meetings culminated in the announcement of the Network and the election of a Coordinating Committee to combine these efforts those organizations.

Address : PO Box 25220
Beit Hanina, Jerusalem
Phone : +972-2-2971505
Fax : +972-2-2975123
Contact :
Website :

Regional and International Networking Group (RING)

Formed in 1991, the Regional and International Networking Group (Ring) is a global alliance of predominantly Southern independent research and policy organisations. The group uses regional bi-lateral exchanges and ’pooled research’ to develop research programmes around common key topics on sustainable development.

Tom Bigg (RING Co-ordinator), RING Secretariat, IIED, 3 Endsleigh Street, London, WC1H 0DD - ENGLAND
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7388 2117;
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7388 2826
Email: ring AT

The Berne Declaration (DB)

The Berne Declaration is a Swiss non-governmental organization with 19’000 members. Through research, public eduaction and advocacy work, it has promoted more equitable, sustainable and democratic North-South relations since 1968.

The Berne Declaration monitors the role of Swiss corporations, banks, and government agencies. It addresses the problems of unequal international trade and financial relations, unsustainable consumption patterns and cultural prejudices. It calls on all Swiss actors - the private sector and the state, citizens and consumers - to assume their responsibilities in resolving these problems.

Address : The Berne Declaration
52 Rue de Genève 1004 Lausanne Switzerland
Phone : +41 21 620 03 03
Fax : +41 21 620 03 00
Email :
Website :

The Global Development Research Center (GDRC)

The Global Development Research Center is a virtual organization that carries out initiatives in education, research and practice, in the spheres of environment, urban, community, economy and information, and at scales that are effective.

Address : 1-5-1-1013, Mori Minami Machi, Higashi Nada ku, Kobe - 658-0011 - JAPAN
Phone/Fax: +(81-78) 452-8414

Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)

Established in 1990, WEDO is an international organization that advocates for women’s equality in global policy. It advocates for the equal participation of women locally, nationally and globally, promotes alternative economic models that are just and equitable, and promotes multilateralism and international cooperation for peace and human rights.

Address : 355 Lexington Ave., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10017 - USA
Phone: (212) 973-0325
Fax: (212) 973-0335
Email: wedo AT

Worldwatch Institute

The Worldwatch Institute offers a blend of interdisciplinary research, global focus, and accessible writing that has made it a leading source of information on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends. Its work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society-and how to achieve it.

Address : 1776 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1904 - USA
Phone: 202.452.1999
Fax: 202.296.7365
Email: worldwatch AT

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