The project partners

Project partners during a team meeting in Madrid, Spain, September 2009


The project is led by Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. (Germany). The competitions in the five countries will be implemented by Natureparif (France), Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency (Hungary), Fundación Biodiversidad (Spain) and the Regional Environmental Center Slovakia. The Countdown 2010 Initiative of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and ICLEI European Secretariat are international partners of the project.

The German Environmental Aid (Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V., DUH) is the coordinating organisation of the project. It has been dedicated to environmental protection for more than 30 years. The about  70 staff members in Radolfzell at Lake Constance, Berlin and Hannover are active in different working fields: Nature Protection, Environmental Policy (Energy, Climate, Traffic), Recycling Mangement, Environmental Law, Consumer Protection and  Communal Environmental Protection.
The Department for communal environmental protection has been implemented competitions for 20 years. Recent projects in nature protection were the  „German Capital of Nature Protection“ in 2007 and the monthly „Green in the City“ awards in 2008. Current other projects are the „German Climate Protection Community“, Environmental Justice in Municipalities and the „Renewable Energy Sources Champions League“ (supported by EU-Intelligent Energy Europe).

To contact DUH, please write to Mrs Silke Wissel (

The NGO Regional Environmental Center (REC) Slovakia is one of the REC branch offices in 16 countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Since its establishment in 1992 REC Slovakia successfully cooperates with all important environmental NGOs, governmental and academic institutions and with Slovak municipalities. REC Slovakia is realizing projects focused on sustainable development on national, regional and local level, on nature protection, landscape and urban biodiversity conservation, spatial and territorial planning, sustainable tourism and on environmental education.

To contact REC, please write to

The aim of the Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency (LBDCA) is to provide effective assistance that Lake Balaton and its vicinity should become one of the most attractive and successful regions in Hungary and Europe for tourists, the local workers as well as the investors.
The most important tasks for LBDCA is the environment protection, the traffic infrastructure and the development of human resources. The Regional Council and the LBDCA coordinate the measures, development activities and investments in order to preserve the ecological conditions of the resort area, to improve water quality and to protect the environment. LBDCA also coordinates programming aimed at reduction and treatment of pollutants and collection of solid wastes of industrial and agricultural origin. It promotes the improvement of public health conditions in the resort area and all over the watershed.

To contact LBDCA, please write to Ms Zita Egerszegi (

The Fundación Biodiversidad is a non-profit foundation established in 1998. It carries out activities in the field of conservation, study, and sustainable use of biodiversity, as well as in international cooperation for development. During its 10 years of life, the foundation has supported more than 900 projects carried out by 600 organizations.

In 2007 the FB collaborated with the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (Federación Española de Municipios y Provincias FEMP) in the establishment of the Spanish Network of Local Governments +Biodiversity 2010, a network of local governments to promote policies for the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, the conservation of the natural heritage, and the encouragement of rural development based on sustainability criteria. A competition to finance projects with the aim to increase the biodiversity and a system of indicators for the conservation and improvement of biodiversity as a basic toolset to hinder the loss of biodiversity were also set up.  

To contact Fundación Biodiversidad, please write to

Natureparif is the Regional Agency for nature and biodiversity in Ile-de-France (Paris Region). Launched by the Regional Council, it testifies the commitment of the French State. Natureparif is an executive organization whose members are environmental protection associations, research bodies, chambers of commerce and federations, companies, local authorities, the French State and the Ile-de-France Region.

The main missions are to network all the existing information and expertise, to establish a regional biodiversity observatory,  to provide information for the general public on the realities of biodiversity in the Ile-de-France and to support institutions, particularly in terms of regional development policy and the inclusion of biodiversity considerations in economic planning, in order to promote the conservation and more rational use of natural resources.

To contact Natureparif, please write to


IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, NGOs, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.
Founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization, IUCN is today a unique democratic membership union, with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries, constituting the world’s largest professional conservation network. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 professional staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors.


ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of over 1100 local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development.
ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level.

Local Action for Biodiversity ( is a global urban biodiversity initiative coordinated by ICLEI. It is profiling and promoting the importance of urban biodiversity and the role of local governments in its management, as well as by organising the sharing of relating experiences, successes and challenges.  Furthermore, technical support, networking opportunities, and advocacy are provided.

To contact ICLEI please write to