This book is a result of the project Capacity building and
networking among environmental NGOs and youth in South
Eastern Europe with FOEI experience implemented by Friends
of the Earth International and Zelena akcija / FoE Croatia and
supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of
Netherlands from May 2009 to April 2012
The reason behind this project was the fact that in spite of the many years spent on capacity building of NGOs in Croatia and SEE Europe, there was still a need to strengthen environmental activism. The region needed and still needs more NGOs that are rooted in civil society and engaged in environmental public advocacy. The NGOs should increase their support of the efforts of local communities to protect their environment and influence national and local environmental public policy making. There is a need to mobilize citizens to exercise and defend their right to a healthy and sustainable environment.