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Foreign Ministry Co-operating With Estonian Fund for Nature

06.06.2011

No. 201-E

The Foreign Ministry together with the Estonian Fund for Nature is helping to increase peoples’ awareness of the effects of environmental problems on developing countries.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that climate changes over the next hundred years could become one of the most serious global environmental and social problems. “Talking about environmental problems in developing countries and raising awareness of them will help all of us engage in better international environmental co-operation and find solutions for such global problems as climate change, the decline in biodiversity, and pollution,” stated Foreign Minister Paet.

The goal of the project of the Estonian Fund for Nature (Eestimaa Looduse Fondi, ELF) is to explain how the Estonian population is connected to the occurrence of global environmental problems, including the destruction of global biodiversity. They also want to bring attention to what solutions and methods could be implemented to alleviate the situation and what steps would need to be taken at the international and local level, including on the level of the individual, to reduce the effect that the global decline in biodiversity has on developing countries.

A World Café-method workshop on the topic of the challenges of development co-operation and the decline in biodiversity is being organised for young people, opinion leaders, and experts in NGOs. A short informational film as well as information materials and an analytical overview will also be produced, and all the materials will be added to the Estonian Fund for Nature’s website for global environmental topics: http://www.elfond.ee/meieplaneet.

Through its project, the Estonian Fund for Nature would like to include young people, social opinion leaders, NGOs involved in environmental and development co-operation, and state institutions in a discussion that would increase the awareness of the participants and the general public regarding the global loss of biodiversity and how it is related to socio-economic challenges in developing countries.

Additional information on Estonia’s development co-operation: http://www.vm.ee/?q=en/taxonomy/term/55

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