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Established in 1995 to fulfill the initiative of women journalists specializing in ecological issues coverage.

Agency carries out its projects with financial support provided by "HIVOS" Humanistic Institute.
(The Netherlands)

Mission - to facilitate public participation in the process of resolving environmental issues by increasing public awareness and developing ecological mentality among people living in Central Asia.  
Organization’s mission is being accomplished by means of information management including:

  • Publication of the popular scientific magazine “Terra-Zher Ana” covering a broad range of aspects related to cross-sector cooperation among NGOs, government and corporate community in the sphere of harmonizing relations between nature and human beings
  • Publication of “The Green Heart” youth bulletin
  • Electronic information broadcast “Greenwomen-info”
  • Development of analytical reports covering sustainable development issues "The Town of the XXI Century"
  • Support for the Greenwomen web site which will contain information related
    to a range of ecological issues.
  • Organization of information management youth master classes on topics related to ecology and sustainable development
  • Information and consulting services
  • Development of the system aimed at providing paid information and
  • publishing services

Geographic scope of activities: Central Asia, NIS, Europe


  • Create favorable social environment fostering active public participation in environmental decision-making at the local, regional and international levels.
  • Establish a system distributing ecological information and knowledge among all interested parties in Central Asia
  • Stimulate public participation in implementation of provisions stipulated in 1992 Rio-de-Janeiro Declaration and Orhus Convention on access to ecological information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice on environmental issues, as well as other conventions and provisions related to environmental protection.

TERRA-Zher Ana
popular scientific magazine

youth bulletin

analytical reports magazine

Scope of the problem:
Currently in Kazakhstan there are many “green” non-governmental organizations aiming to foster public participation in resolving ecological issues. At the same time Kazakhstan lacks authoritative media agencies capable of serving as intermediaries in cross-sector dialogue and as keystones of cross-sector cooperation. A few ecological newspapers published in the regions to fulfill orders placed by local administrations and ecological NGO bulletins promote narrow agency-specific interests.

This is the reason why it is so important to facilitate development of the interested favorable social environment, atmosphere in which people are ready to join public organizations or to initiate individual actions supporting positive ecological transformations. It is necessary to create a system feeding out objective information, clarifying issues, enlightening people and ensuring readily available public access to information. These background conditions will help general public to understand the importance of direct participation in processes improving environmental conditions at the national, regional and international levels.

Stated goal requires active cooperation among all interested parties. Environmental protection NGOs will be able to increase their effectiveness multifold if the general public is convinced to understand the need for direct public participation and support of ecological transformations This is called “creation of the interested social environment and development of the ecological mentality”. To the contrary, absence of the interested social environment, passive ecological mentality hinder public participation in practical actions.

We feel that ecological mentality has to be developed among government officials as well as among common citizens. When a driver realizes that by using low-quality gasoline he/she increases toxic content in exhaust gases, which have negative impact on the environment; when a driver carefully monitors technical conditions of the vehicle etc. The “green” mentality starts to develop when an industry executive understands that it is important to use ecologically sound technologies, ensure safety of manufacturing output and utilization of industrial wastes.

People make decisions. Workers and executives, young and old people alike read newspapers and watch television programs. Thus, there is a unique opportunity to develop common approaches and positions related to ecological issues and to find solutions acceptable for all people regardless of their social status. This is the core of the work done by ecological news agency Greenwomen working as the only organization of its kind in Central Asia.

Achievements and Results:

  • Since 1995 the agency has prepared and published hundreds of articles issues in nation-wide, regional and local publications covering ecological issues. Dozens of television and radio programs have been aired by television and radio companies in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
  • In 1995-1999 Greenwomen branches were carrying out operations in Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek, Rybache village), Uzbekistan (Tashkent), Kazakhstan (Almaty, Ust-Kamenogorsk).
  • Series of ecological reports “The Town of the XXI Century” have been developed in English and Russian to cover priority ecological issues affecting the republic of Kazakhstan (key topics included: current state of Kazakhstan’s air and water basins; nuclear and industrial wastes; expansion of deserts and biodiversity; nuclear pollution of the Caspian Sea basin; benefits of ecologically sound technologies; ecological rights of citizens declared by the Orhus Convention; ecological catastrophe areas – Semipalatinsk nuclear testing range, Aral Sea; influence of ecological factors on women’s health; ecological impact of urban development etc.).
  • Summarizing the agency’s media publications Greenwomen published the ecological antilogy “The Town of the XXI Century” including publications, overview reports, texts of ecological documents, addresses of ecological organizations. The book is in high demand among NGOs, university professors, journalists and specialists.
  • Greenwomen agency’s Kyrgyzstan branch and an NGO “Independent Ecological Expertise” published a collection of articles entitled “Public Participation in Economic Decision-making. The Law, The Experience and the Recommendations”.
  • The agency played an active role in preparing reports for a collection of articles entitled “The steps for the “greens”. How to stage an ecological action in Kazakhstan”.
  • Jointly with NGO “Naurzum” (Kostanai region) the agency is carrying out projects to foster cooperation among government agencies aimed at implementing environmental protection conventions dealing with preservation of biodiversity, prevention of deserts expansion, international trade in flora and fauna objects, climate changes, protection of natural and cultural heritage. A task force involving representatives of government agencies and general public has been established to monitor environmental conventions implementation in Kazakhstan. A plan and program of actions is being developed to ensure participation of all sectors in preparation for and ratification of the international environmental protection conventions; public expertise of national programs, strategies and action plans; development of mechanisms aimed at supporting inclusion of general public proposals into national action plans supporting implementation of the conventions. An important step forward has been made to unite all interested parties and preserve the unique nature of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • In cooperation with the NGO “Center: Gender, Innovations and Development” (Uzbekistan) Greenwomen agency has implemented a project entitled “Creation of instruments and mechanisms supporting promotion and implementation of key environmental protection conventions in Central Asia based on the example of Stokholm Convention: public participation in the global process of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) elimination”. The project has been implemented in all five Central Asian republics (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan). POPs specialists from all over Central Asia took part in the project. Project implementation included organization of the public information campaign, “round tables”, regional consultations on POPs-related issues. For the first time in NIS the first two issues of "TERRA-Zher Ana" magazine covering POPs-related issues were published. The project included development of recommendations on public participation in resolving POPs-related issues.

Greenwomen agency focuses special attention on development of its youth project. Students working as volunteers ensure publication of “The Green Heart” bulletin. They also actively participate in a variety of ecological actions.

Greenwomen agency believes that young people will grow up to become prominent decision-makers – politicians, business people, executives. Ecological mentality of decision-makers and support staffers is of paramount importance since even the best projects have to be understood before they can be implemented. Thus, development of the ecological mentality - to love this world and not to harm it – has to start from the cradle…  By Lydia Astanina

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