European Environmental Bureau

In Brief

1974, Brussels; >140 env orgs; sust devel, env justice


(1974, Brussels;

“Federation of environmental citizens organizations” that influences EU policymaking and implementation and assessment by combining knowledge with representativeness, active involvement of its members, and coalition building.  “EEB stands for sustainable development, environmental justice, global equity, transparency, participatory democracy, and shared but differentiated responsibility.  It promotes the principles of prevention, precaution, and polluter pays.”

It has ~160 members from 33 countries and Russia, e.g., the Estonian Society for Nature Conservancy and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the UK.  Activities focus on: 1) Biodiversity and Nature; 2) Climate and Energy; 3) Governance and Tools; 4) Industry and Health; 5) Sustainability.  Each domain subsumes several specific programs addressed via one of 18 working groups led by a policy officer or project coordinator.  For example, the Agriculture arm of the Biodiversity and Nature activity is lobbying for “sustainable food and farming system which respects the limits of nature, protects wildlife and habitats, respects soil and water quality, and champions animal welfare” by organizing and participating in high-level events  in Brussels and across Europe and mobilizes its members at national level, as well as publishing relevant studies (e.g., Squeeze Out: The Truth Behind the Orange Juice Business
(2015, 57p).  Each subsection also publishes periodic news reports (e.g, “EEB and Birdlife’s Top Ingredients for Future Food Security”).  Publishes an Annual Report with updates on each domain. Receives funds from government agencies (e.g., the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment) and foundations (e.g., the Sigrid Rausing Trust). Budget: ~$3.3M/yr.  Secretary General: James Wates.  45 staff.

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