About Green Steps

The Green Steps multimedia toolkit for Belarus has been developed to raise public awareness about sustainable lifestyles, citizens’ environmental rights, and the changes that individuals can make in their everyday lives in order to contribute to the more sustainable development of Belarusian society. Its primary target groups are members of civil society organisations, although it also provides valuable information for educators, students and families.

The Green Steps awareness-raising materials include a leaflet and an interactive DVD, which is divided into four sections:

  • A virtual tour around a number of locations typically visited in the course of everyday activities.
  • Information on 28 topics related to environmental protection and sustainable development.
  • A series of 49 factsheets that can be used in educational and group activities.
  • An encyclopedia containing information on 232 species common to Central Europe, and to Belarus in particular.

In addition, users can assess their level of awareness regarding environment and sustainable development issues by playing the interactive game or completing the test.

An on-line version of the multimedia toolkit is available at greensteps.rec.org

All materials have been produced in Belarusian, English and Russian.

The Green Steps materials are disseminated free of charge, and online access is also free.

Green Steps was developed by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) in close cooperation with a number of Belarusian civil society organisations.

About the REC

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is an international organisation with a mission to assist in addressing environmental issues. The REC fulfils this mission by promoting cooperation among governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses and other environmental stakeholders, and by supporting the free exchange of information and public participation in environmental decision making.

The REC was established in 1990 by the United States, the European Commission and Hungary. Today, the REC is legally based on a charter with over 30 signatories. The REC has an office network in 17 countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey. The head office is located in Szentendre, Hungary.

The REC actively participates in key global, regional and local processes and contributes to environmental and sustainability solutions within and beyond its country office network, transferring transitional knowledge and experience to countries and regions.

Recent donors are the European Commission and the governments of Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as other inter-governmental and private institutions.