Regional advocacy training in Odessa, Ukraine: highlighting national advocacy priorities
A workshop on Effective Advocacy and Communication Strategies took place on the 7-8 October in Odessa for project teams in EaP countries and communication experts from all six national networks. Andreas Beckmann, Managing Director at WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme, experienced facilitator guided participants during these two days through the mysteries of effective advocacy. This kind of experience in WWF International was formed due to decades of effective campaigning on conservation.
The Belarus Red Cross,Armenian Red Cross, Azerbaijan Red Crescent and Georgia Red Cross Societies, National Ecological Center of Ukraine, ECOSPECTRU were represented on the event together with NGOs from all countries of the Eastern Partnership.
Over two days, participants developed advocacy strategies for the key national priorities, chosen by local networks.
Armenia’s overall advocacy objective was to make the Armenian CFE Network the main CSO actor in the field Climate Change (CC) by the end of the project. For those top state authorities, CSOs and experts in the field should be addressed through TV, online news, parliamentary debates, public events.
The overall objective for Ukrainian team was to ensure that building norms in Ukraine are updated to the new conditions of changing climate. For that, one central scientific building Institute and 24 regional scientific building Institutes should be addressed through TV channels, which cover scientific issues, business newspapers and journals, specialized websites.
Belarus’ overall objective was adoption of a national heat waves plan. For that 50 officials should be addressed through key TV program, newspaper and thematic public events.
For Georgia it was the adoption of legislation on protection of green areas in Tbilisi by December 2015. For that students from two Tbilisi universities should be addressed through University information resources (printed, online) and meeting with Deans.
Azerbaijan’s team objective was to push governmental officials to allocate funds for finding new water resources. For that 40 out of 125 Parliament members should be addressed through main governmental TV channel, newspaper, public events and web-resources.
While in Moldova it was development capacities of the CSOs in the field of communication in climate change issues for the period till 2020. For that Internet, newsletter, presentation for the local mass media, radio, TV station, exchange of experience, case studies with the sharing experience should be used.
Thus the advocacy training gave a push for potential national advocacy campaigns on key climate change related priorities.
On 9 October, the third regional meeting was conducted, activity reports and plans shared and forthcoming regional and sub-regional events discussed. Colombe de Mercey from the EU Delegation in Kiev joined the meeting, and participants got the possibility to discuss EU related questions with her.
The next project team meeting will take place on the 6 February 2014 in Tbilisi.