In the early spring of 2002 ten Estonian environmental NGOs founded the Estonian Council of Environmental NGOs (EKO). Today nine non-governmental environmental organisations belong to the council and two organisations plan joining. EKO is an informal politically independent cooperation network that helps environmental activists jointly achieve the environmental protection goals that are important for all of us. Until now EKO members have made joint efforts mainly to make Estonian forestry, agriculture, and energy policies and planning decisions more environmentally friendly.
Closer cooperation between Estonia’s largest environmental organisations began in 2000 when environmentalists joined forces to oppose plans to build a deep-sea harbour in the wintering habitat of the globally threatened species – Steller’s Eider (Polysticta stelleri) near Vilsandi National Park on Saaremaa Island. Another reason for joining forces was the continuing illegal and environmentally damaging logging of forests in Estonia, which threatens the survival of forest biota.
Latest actions by EKO members include cooperation with Estonian Renewable Energy Assotiation for compiling Estonian Renewable Energy 100% Roadmap; commenting on Estonian Nature Conservation Act and Forestry Act and other laws; opposing new American mink farms in Estonia; opposing new bridge between Estonia and Muhu island; lobbying for marine spartial planning; taking part in Common Agricultural Policy and Rural Development Plan processes and EU Structural Assistance of Estonia. Every year members of EKO meet Minister of Environment, State Forestry, Environmental Board and National Audit Office. Every year members of EKO nominate publicly Green Award and Environmental Failure to persons or organisations that have been standing out in recent year.
In addition to the environmental NGOs belonging to EKO, there are at least another 100 citizens’ organisations concerned with the environment in Estonia.
EKO members welcome as their supporters all those who value the protection of our environment.
In 2016 and 2017 Estonian Council of Environmental NGOs (EKO) is represented by:
Estonian Ornithological Society,
Sustainable Transport report 2010. (Rapporteur: EKO) Read the summary.
Members of EKO:
Estonian Fund for Nature – ELF was established in 1991 by biologists and conservationists and in close co-operation with WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). ELF is non-governmental and independent nature protection organisation.
Estonian Green Movement – ERL is a non-governmental, non-profit environmental organisation. It was founded in 1988, becoming one of the first environmental NGOs in Estonia that started to deal with wide range of environment and development issues. ERL is a member of Friends of the Earth (FoE).
Estonian Ornithological Society – EOS was founded on 1 May 1921 and has acted continuously since then. In 2000 EOS became a full member and partner of Birdlife International.
SEI Tallinn is a key national expert on environment and energy, sustainable development and number of policy issues in the Estonian society. SEI Tallinn is a part of Stockholm Environmental Institute network.
Estonian Seminatural Community Conservation Association is a nongovernmental organisation that was founded in 1997 in order to guarantee the maintenance of Estonian semi-natural communities. Semi-natural communities are traditional agricultural landscapes that include wooded meadows, alvars, floodplain meadows, coastal meadows, but also other meadows and pastures, where grazing animals and mowing have been the only human activities.
Society against Nõmme Road is a Tallinn-based NGO that was founded in 19. aprillil 1999, its main activities include environmental protection and civil society development in the capital of Estonia.
Tartu Student Nature Protection Circle is a youth organisation founded in 1958, main activities include seminars, hiking and other projects to rise environmental awareness of students in Tartu.
Estonian Students Society for Environment Protection “Sorex” is a voluntary non-profit NGO for young people who are at least 16 years old. “Sorex” has been founded on the 10th of October in 1998. Currently the organisation comprises mainly 20-26 year old students of Estonian universities.
NGO Läänerannik is in 1999 founded environmental NGO based in Western Estonia, main activities include integrated coastal protection and civil society development in Estonian small islands.
Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia is a non-governmental organization working in the areas of environmental protection and nature conservation. It belongs to BEF Group that was founded in 2003 and has offices also in Latvia, Lithuania, Germany and Russia.
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NB! Tähitud kirjadele palume kindlasti lisada ka esindusorganisatsiooni nime, kes 2016. a. on Eesti Ornitoloogiaühing.