Governance and access

Good environmental governance is measured by the effectiveness of strategies and initiatives implemented to achieve environmental goals. With environmental governance, part of the importance is how decisions are made, specifically focusing on the need for those effected by environmental decisions to be part of the decision-making process. The improvement of democratic practices, transparency and accountability of government institutions, along with civil participation in decision-making, are strongly related factors to the objectives of the protection of the environment and social/economic justice.
The Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, more commonly referred to as the Aarhus Convention, is an international agreement signed by 40 countries and the EU. The Aarhus Convention grants the public specific rights to access to information and public participation on matters concerning the local, national and trans-boundary environment. If they were not granted access, or were wronged, the Aarhus convention guarantees the public access to justice to remedy the wrong.

Climate change

Once cited as "the defining challenge of our generation" by the US Secretary General Ki-Moon, climate change is a significant and lasting change to weather patterns (rainfall, temperature, snow or wind patterns) over long periods of time (10 years or longer). Climate change can result from natural factors (changes in the sun's energy or the Earth's orbit), natural processes within the climate system (changes in ocean circulation) or human activities that change the atmospheric makeup or land surface of the Earth.

"Climate change" is often simultaneously used as "global warming" in discussions, but the two are different. Global warming refers to the rising average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans and its projected continuation. Current research leaves little doubt that human activity has caused part of the global warming and climate changes that we are currently seeing.


The Center for Environmental Democracy Florozon is actively following the enactment of legislation pertinent to the environment (cutting across all government sectors) and the implementation and enforcement thereof.

Green economy

All economic activities related to the environment can be classified as part of the 'green economy.' Such jobs could be related to renewable energy, greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency, environmental remediation (pollution control and clean-up), manufacturing of products related to green technologies, recycling and waste reduction, natural resource conservation and management, energy trading, environmental regulation , energy and carbon capture, research, design and consulting, agriculture and forestry.

Specifically, the United Nations Environment Programme has defined it as an economy that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Or in simple terms, a green economy is one that is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.


The most basic definition is unwanted or useless materials. Waste is generated during the extraction or processing of raw materials, the consumption of final products or other human activities. The Basel Convention (treaty designed to reduce the movement of hazardous waste between nations) and the EU define waste as substances or objects that are disposed of, intended to be disposed of, or required to be disposed of by international law. While the United Nations states that "wastes are materials that are not produced for the market, which the user has no further use in terms of his/her own purposes of production, transformation or consumption, and for which she/he wants to dispose."

Water management

Water management is the activity of planning, developing, distributing and managing the optimum use of water resources. Currently only 8% of the world's freshwater is used by humans for sanitation, drinking, manufacturing, leisure, or agriculture. Successful management requires accurate knowledge of the resource obtainable, the available uses, and competing demands on the resource. This is particularly hard with water, because it crosses so many national boundaries.

Policy and advocacy

The main focus of Center for Environmental Democracy is to influence all relevant institutions on a policy level.

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