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Latvian-Lithuanian-Belarus-Danish NGO Cooperation Projects
Green Guideline for Small-Scale Events and Youth Camp
News from the Project:

19 April 2016:
Launch of Publication "Organising Climate-Friendly Events" - Guidelines -

111 pages (A5), 2016
Publication is available in English, Latvian, and Russian.
Guidelines pdf files in English:
- Readable format 2 pages on 1 page landscape 29.5 MB.

- Printable higher resolution format 44.7 MB

Publication Organising Climate Friendly Events

19 April, 2016:
Vegi "Waste Master" Cooking Contest, Denmark

Place: Skipper Clement School, Aalborg, Denmark

The 3-person cooking teams made food from given ingredients in a "Mistery-Box" provided by the Nordjysk Food Surplus Association. In this way, the participants got inspiration how to do better and more creative use of leftovers at home in the fridge. The blogger and vegan-cookbook author, Johanne Mosgaard, identified the best dish. Johanne also handed out good advices along the way.

Consuming less meat and fewer milk products would reduce global warming.
Read more in the Project's publication mentioned above on pages 60-63.

The event is organised by UngEnergi (YouthEnergy), the youth section of the Danish organisation VedvarendeEnergi (SustainableEnergy) in cooperation with INFORSE-Europe in the framework of the Project.

Read more, pictures and a film on the Facebook Page of the UngEnergi.


24-30 August, 2015:
Low Carbon Youth Training "Decarbonize Our Future" - Latvia

The young participants from Denmark, Belarus, and Latvia represented INFORSE member organisations like the youth department of the Danish NGO SustainableEnergy (VE), the Latvian Green Movement (LGM), and the Center for Environmental Solutions (CES) in Belarus.

The activities included:
- Explaining key climate change aspects, GHG emissions and carbon footprint, role of consumption patterns, key stakeholders in the process and main challenges, myths about climate change mitigation;
- Practical examples: case studies were discussed on mitigating climate change, role of stakeholders and environmental and youth NGOs in particular;
- Tasks for participants: trainers gave specific tasks to groups of participants to work on different issues, such as developing a specific proposal for carbon footprint reduction in catering or transportation to events;
- Organising local public action: raising awareness on climate, and solutions like renewables and energy efficiency in the town (e.g. presenting materials in public place, interviewing people in streets).
- Commenting the Green Event Guideline, which is under preparation by the Project Partners.

Some conclusions from the participants:
- "It was a very enriching experience to meet people from completely different countries than DK, that shared similar passion for the climate and environment.
- The level of guidance/"teaching" was very high and our trainers sustained a very academic and informative, and yet creative and innovative training.
- It has been a very meaningful experience, to know that we have actually had a real opportunity to contribute to the creation of the " Guidelines" with our own personal inputs and ideas."

Project Description:
The overall objective of the project is to reduce CO2 emissions of organized youth events in Latvia, Belarus and Denmark by increasing public awareness on global climate change impact. The project partners will seek public acceptance for necessary measures in the field of energy efficiency and increase of renewable energy use, by developing guidelines on organizing low carbon events and applying these guidelines in practice. In addition promotion of the Nordic-Baltic-Belarus cooperation by transferring Nordic experiences to Belarus and the Baltic countries in the fields of Low Carbon concept and approach, CO2 emission reduction and climate change reduction.

Project Duration: 2015 - April 2016

Project Partners:
Homo Ecos: Latvia (
Latvian Green Movement, Latvia (
INFORSE-Europe, Denmark (
Center for Environmental Solutions, Belarus (

Main activities include:
- Research of successful experiences in organizing such events in Latvia, Denmark and Belarus and the main aspects that should be taken into account by organizers in order to reduce the carbon footprint of their youth events;
- Creation of guidelines on organizing low carbon youth events, that will support the organisers in seeing the projects through in a way that reduces CO2 emissions and, while planning and implementing the events, taking into account the significant aspects like selection of location, mode of transport, catering, materials used, resources, activities etc.
- International youth training on how to improve the eco-friendliness of events. The youth training brings together young people from Latvia, Denmark and Belarus to experiment on different topics included in the guidelines of the project;
- Spreading the results of the project and informing a wider part of society.

Planned direct results:
- Developing and Publish a Guidelines that can assist an event organiser making the event environmentally friendly. The target groups are mainly NGOs, but it is can also give inspiration to local governments or business. It is a practical guide for events with 50-100 participants.
- Project Meeting in Minsk, Belarus.

- Youth Seminar in Latvia giving education and inspiration for the international training participants to change their decisions and habits towards a more environmentally friendly way, thus they would organize more eco-friendly events in the future and inspirit others to change too.

Read more: Homo Ecos website "Decarbonize our Future".

These activities are supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers.