Supporting Environment and Natural Resource Monitoring Network (ENRMN)

The overall objective of the network is to strengthen the capacity and enhancing the coordination and cooperation among the members to influence relevant policies formation and enforcement.

The current ENRM programs are a 3 years’ mandate 2018 - 2020 funded by HBS. The network has its main hub in Kabul with representatives coming from various provinces notably Bamiyan, Logar, Maidan Wardak, Hirat and Samangan.

In 2019 the network continued as usual which was started with the election of secretariat and BoD members. Regular BoD and General Assembly meetings are held. The independent monitoring and evaluation committee which was selected in the last board of director (BoD) meeting after quite some long time is now functional. Now the network has over 50 individual and organizational members.

Eco-Journalism - Training of Journalists to report on environment and climate change issues:

Media can play an important role in dissemination of information about the environment, which may undeniably impact people’s attitudes. Mediothek Afghanistan in close collaboration with TLO conducted a training course on, “ROLE OF MEDIA ON THE ENVIRONMENT” to highlight climate change and related global policies.

The project overall objective is to enhance the capacity of the journalists on producing materials of professional quality to efficiently advocate on environment and climate change issues. Eco-Journalist training for 15 journalists representing various Medias outlets was satisfactorily completed in 2018.

The project resulted in establishing a well-functioning network of journalists in the country. Now the network is functional, the journalists are holding monthly regular meetings with fantastic discussions among various experts and CSOs’ members. The journalists have posted numerous reports on the designated page of Facebook. You can read the published articles at https://www.facebook.com/ecojournalistsnetwork/.

Green Culture Promotion (Youth for a cleaner and greener environment) - advocacy on conducted researches:

The main constraints Afghanistan faces are limited availability of relevant data on climate change, poor quality of the data and poor organization of the data which makes it difficult for any analysis, hence limits the possibility of meaningful discussions on how to address the complex interrelated issues of environment and climate change. The problem of data availability also combined with a lack of coordination, information sharing and a poor capacity in planning and carrying activities in a coordinated way.

To draw attention of youth to environment related issues, cultural engagement approaches were promoted. As culture is a strong part of people's lives. It influences their views, values, humor, hopes, loyalties, worries and fears.

This project mainly focused on advocating based on three available researches conducted by TLO during 2018. The researches include:

1. Research on Social and Environmental Impacts of Mines Extraction in Central and Northern Regions of Afghanistan;

2. Research on Root Causes of Deforestation in Southeast Region of Afghanistan; and

3. Research to find communities’ expectation and devising a procedure for allocation of 5% of revenues from mines extraction to affected communities.

The conducted researches helped civil society organizations and ENRMN network members to raise their voices and organize advocacy campaigns based on the findings and recommendations of the research and protect the rights of Afghan citizens and increase pressure on policymakers, law enforcement institutions and government authorities at the national and subnational levels to take appropriate actions for reducing the environmental impacts of coal mines’ extraction in the mining sites and deforestation.