Capacity Building


Being an environmentalist means life-long learning, and that is what makes it so interesting! To be effective, an environmental movement requires a certain set of skills that is not easily learned at school or university. Environmentalists have to know about the wide range of subjects covered by ‘the environment’. Energy, climate change, waste, water management, sanitation, chemicals, and agriculture are some of the issues with totally different content. 

You also have to keep up with developments in scientific and political circles. These days, it is all about climate change and what it will or will not bring in the future. You have to keep your knowledge up-to-date to be a partner with governments and other stakeholders. Besides this knowledge on global issues, you have to know what is going on in your country, region, town or village to be effective in your actions. This means that environmentalists are constantly learning and adapting scientific knowledge to their own day-today work. They have to be able to translate this knowledge into policy and action. Communication skills are essential, as are legal expertise and negotiating skills. You sometimes have to go to court or negotiate if you cannot reach your goals in any other way. There are many, many other areas in

which environmentalists have to train themselves to be effective, like being a good manager, planner, project leader, professional, and knowing how to get all the work financed. These are all reasons why ‘building capacities’ is one of the three main pillars of the work of Milieukontakt.


Adult Learning Cycle - Adult learns by sharing experiences and reflecting on them, generalizing experiences and directly practicing. This is a methodology that we are using in all trainings, based on reaching maximum effect through stimulating active participation of participants who during the training usually learn a great deal from each other. It is very interactive and participatory process and creates space for all participants to go through a learning cycle.


Our approach:
We use highly participatory techniques (like Technology of Participation) to foster creative thinking, consensus-based decision making and team building. This generate ownership, create clear goals, open lines of communication, broaden perspectives and motivate people to adapt to their changing environment while honoring the cultural traditions and diversity of all involved. Particular methods:
- Trainings
- Coaching
- Facilitation
- Experts input


Our Capacity building programs are aimed at:
Identifying values
Ensuring wide participation
Creating local ownership
Empowering local communities







Environmental Day

  • International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer - September 16

  • Clean Up the World Weekend - September 17-19

  • Zero Emissions Day - September 21

  • Car Free Day - September 22

  • World Day of Tourism - September 27




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