NGO Greening for Environmental mainstreaming
In collaboration with Individuell Människohjälp (IM Swedish Development Partners), in 2018 EcoVisio started building its capacity in environmental mainstreaming. Over a course of 10 months EcoVisio team offered 2 trainings on this topic to 15 NGOs working on empowering and supporting people with disabilities. Out of those, 6 organizations were selected for a more detailed ‘greening up’ audit and consultancy on developing practical steps to make their operations more environmentally friendly. Following a site visit, each organization received a report detailing current practices as well as recommendations for environmental mainstreaming. There were 3 main areas analyzed:
- Institutional level assessment (policies, procedures, strategic plans)
- Office level assessment (resource management, energy efficiency, waste management, etc)
- Activities level assessment (greening up of events, projects, promotional materials, etc.) Additional information and consultancy was offered on specific topics, based on each organization’s priorities.
As a result, participating organizations started introducing new practices (ex. selective waste collection, installing energy efficient windows, minimizing environmental impact of events, developing community eco-projects like recycling and tree-planting).
Another environmental mainstreaming training was organized for representatives of UN Agencies following a request from UNDP. It focused on greening up of events, seminars, conferences