Russian NGOs visit Oslo

Seven representatives from the Russian environmental NGO Green World have visited Oslo and Naturvernforbundet on their study trip. The main purpose of the trip was to broaden the knowledge about information and media strategy, as well as to learn from differences and similarities in facing challenges that Russia and Norway share, when it comes to environment and development.

Participants representing the Green World main office in Sosnovy Bor , Green World local information centers in Lebjashe and Vistino and the Nikolay Roerich museum in Izvara traveled to Oslo and Helsinki during their study tour. The purpose of the stay in Oslo was learning about Naturvernforbundet’s information strategies, the Oslo municipal informational center work and methods used by Naturvernforbundet’s local groups. The trip was financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Media and organization officers from Naturvernforbundet met with the group and discussed possibilities for improvement of Green World informational campaign strategies, in order to make them more effective and beneficial for both Russian society and environment. The Russian representatives have also visited the Information section of the Oslo City Hall, as an example of the municipal information center, and Norwegian National History museum (Norsk Folkemuseum), which is both cultural and informational centre.

Norges Naturvernforbund and Green World have been cooperating since 1996. Major part of the common work is based on promoting and supporting decommission of the old nuclear reactors in Russia and civil society capacity building.

Russian NGOs have numerous challenges standing on the way of their work and development. One of the major obstacles is the general lack of information among population, regarding environmental status and protection, but also long history of difficult political and economical situation, as well as serious lack of environmental regulations.

In Oslo city hall, with representatives of the municipal Information Sector

Meeting with Naturvernforbundet's information department