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Geneva Green Guide

Zoï Environment Network

Zoï
International Environment House 2
9 chemin de Balexert
1219 Châtelaine, Geneva
Tel: 
(+41 22) 917 84 83
Fax: 
(+41 22) 917 84 83
Email: 
Contact: 

Otto Simonett

Description

Zoï is a new answer to some stubborn old questions. An international non-profit organisation, Zoï's mission is to reveal, explain and communicate the connections between the Environment and Society and to propose approaches and solutions to improve their relations. Water shortages, industrial legacies and potential impacts of climate change are examples where an environmental problem can become a security issue. Zoï is specialized in analyzing ('know') and communicating ('tell') the frictions between environment and security, and hereby eventually contributing to resolving them ('act'). We design creative information products for decision-making and provide assistance to local, regional and national authorities ready to find solutions to these complex environmental challenges. While our geographic focus is on Europe's margins and its neighbours (the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Mediterranean), we strive to link regional and local issues to the global environmental agenda. A spin-off of UNEP/GRID-Arendal, Zoï operates at arm's length from international organisations, in particular with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Organization: 
Non-governmental and business organizations
Established: 
2009
Staff: 
8 (5 in Geneva)
Chief/Director: 
Director/Head: Dr. Otto Simonett
Activities: 

Facilitating and communicating Environment & Security assessments and consultations in Central Asia, South Caucasus, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Client: ENVSEC consortium envsec.org. Assessing risks from primary mercury mining in Kyrgyzstan. Clients: UN Institute for Training and Research unitar.org, UNEP Chemicals unep.org. Confidence building on shared water resources in the Pripyat river basin (Belarus-Ukraine). Clients: Government of Norway mfa.no, ENVSEC consortium. Building environmental information infrastructure in countries, regions and cities of Europe's neighbourhood. Clients: European Environment Agency eea.europa.eu, UNEP. Media training and tours for investigative environmental journalism in Eastern Europe. Clients: Fritt Ord Foundation frittord.no, UNEP. Communicating approaches to mitigate climate change 'Kick the habit'. Client: UN Environmental Management Group unemg.org. Renewable energy pilot scheme in Olovo municipality, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Client: Olovo city and Doboj-Zenica canton, UNEP/GRID-Arendal grida.no. Mercury mining sustainable remediation and closing Client: government of Norway, UNEP

Cooperation: 

with UNEP, OSCE, UNEP/GRID-Arendal, WMO, the UN Economic Commission for Europe, etc. Publications; research papers; promotional materials; For a complete list, see the website at www.zoinet.org.

Publications: 

Research papers, promotional materials. For a complete list, see the website at www.zoinet.org

Keywords: 
climate change
war & conflict
public awareness
conservation
agenda 21
capacity building
energy
chemicals
education