GNF - Network Eastern Europe

Network Living Lakes Eastern Europe – Germany



The EU enlargement is an enormous environmental challenge and entails the largest environmental programme of Europe, possibly worldwide. In order to cope with this task it is necessary to convince the people living in the old and the new EU countries of the importance of an intact environment. To achieve EU environmental standards in these countries, encouragement of cooperations and intensive exchange of know-how as well as investments are required. Networks are an excellent platform to provide access to information, to sensitise the population on the protection of the environment and they offer the possibility of constructive dialogues.



The overall goal of the network Living Lakes Eastern Europe - Germany is to intensify networking and to promote target-oriented cooperation between NGOs and communities in the field of protection of lakes and sustainable development of lake regions. Objectives are as follows:

  • Realisation of model projects in the fields of sustainable tourism, sustainable land-use planning and sustainable fisheries.
  • Long-term partnerships between NGOs and municipalities in lake regions.
  • Capacity building for NGOs in the new EU-member countries.
  • Improved level of information and sensitisation regarding environmental problems and the need for sustainable development.
  • Improved implementation of EU-Directives in the project regions.


Results, methodology and transferability

The project goals will be achieved through networking and exchange of information. Instruments are thematic workshops and conferences as well as the realisation and documentation of model projects. Within the model projects aiming to improve tourism, land use planning, visitor management and fishery towards sustainability, actual know-how and state-of-the-art information will be implemented.

DBU – Funding opportunites for university graduates from Central and Eastern Europe

The DBU (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt), the main supporter of the Living Lakes Eastern Europe Network, wants to encourage young people to apply for a DBU scholarship for a 6 to 12 months stay at appropriate facilities in Germany. The DBU scholarship is geared towards highly qualified university graduates from Central and Eastern Europe with the goal of a further vocational qualification in solving environmental problems and those in the field of nature conservation in their native country. The DBU is looking forward to your application.

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