The Environmental Team of the Institute of Urban and Rural Sociology (IURS)/National Centre for Social Research [NCSR (EKKE in Greek)] was founded in1995.

Its basic aim is to deal with problems regarding the protection of the environment and mapping the Institutions and the legislation concerning the environment.

Implemented aims include the construction of the following two databases:

a.    Database of the Non Governmental Ecological – Environmental Organisations (NGOs)

  1. Database of the Institutions related to the Environment.

For the creation of the database of NGOs questionnaires were used. These questionnaires were completed with fieldwork all over Greece. The information selected about NGOs concerned all the activities, relations and the ways of functioning since their foundation.

The database can be found in the website of the Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works as well as the website of National Centre for Social Research (EKKE). It is updated on an annual basis as far as the identity aspects of NGO’s are concerned and on a two year basis concerning the activities of the organizations.

The database of the Institutions concerning the environment was created by using a form which was filled either personally in Athens and Thessalonica or by phone and fax in the other Greek cities.

The Institutions included ministries, research centers, public organizations and enterprises or companies, prefectures, municipalities, municipality enterprises and environmental institutions.

This database is updated every second year and can be found in the website of the Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works and the website of National Centre for Social Research (EKKE).

In the past four (4) years we have realized the need for the continuous updating of the database as well as for providing all the necessary information regarding the ways of using the database. This need has been emphasised by the NGO’s as well as by the educators involved in environmental education and generally by all the people interested in receiving information about the environment (all topics).







The aim of the presented programme is to create the necessary requirements in order to achieve the cooperation of all the institutions (dealing with environmental problems) in the Balkan countries.

Initially the programme’s object is the construction of a database – its content will be further analyzed in the following paragraphs – and secondly the creation of the “Centres for Environmental Information; plural Esties” (we shall call them Estia) in Greece, Yugoslavia and Rumania.

The information provided will gradually include all the topics concerning the environment and at the same time the Estia will collect, distribute and disseminate information.

In this way the Esties will function as coordinating and intermediate centers among the Non Governmental Ecological-Environmental Organisations (NGOs), private and public institutions and scientific research teams on similar interests.

The programme DAC/OECD of the Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works has made possible the realization of the same research projects in the Balkan countries, in cooperation with scientists who share the same interests with us.

The aim of the presented programme is the creation of “Centre for Environmental Information” in three countries (Greece, Yugoslavia, Rumania). The information will be provided in the two databases through the Internet.

The duration of the programme is from 1-3-2000 until 3-11-2001.

By December of 2000 (11th month of the 21 months of the programme’s duration) the following had been accomplished:

a.    In spite of the political conditions in Yugoslavia, the questionnaires have already been answered by most of the existing NGOs while at the same time the data entry continues in the Serbian and English language. As far as finding the Institutions is concerned, there is still a problem due to the political instability of the last years, which leads to continuous change of the persons in charge of environmental issues at the ministries.

In spite of these delays there will only be a two-month delay in the scheduled timetable of the Yugoslavian research team.

  1. In Rumania the initial agreement was not possible to be continued.

The new research team we are now cooperating with belongs to the Center for Environmentally Sustainable Development Economic Policy (CESEP)

The database of the cooperating countries will not be ready in February 2001 but this will be accomplished gradually for Yugoslavia by April 2001 and for Rumania by September 2001.

The programme will end on November 2001. We believe that the experience gained through cooperation on the databases in combination with the specialized topic and the specific results pave the way for the continuation as well as the expansion of our collaboration on similar environmental topics.




Collaborating Institutions are:

  1. National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) / Institute of Urban and Rural Sociology/Environmental Group (Greece)
  2. Economics Institute, Belgrade (Yugoslavia)
  1. Center for Environmentally Sustainable Development Economic Policy (CESEP) (Rumania)


Members of each research team are:


For Yugoslavia:


1. Milorad Filipovic

Economist, PhD, researcher

E-mail: miloradf@EUnet.yu


2. Miroslav Spasojevic

B.Sc. Chem. Eng. Senior Counselor



3. Zoran Njegovan

Economist, PhD, Senior Research Fellow




For Rumania:


1. Eugen Popovici




2. Oana Tortolea




3. Carmen Constantin



For Greece:


1. Tsakiris Constantine




2. Sakellaropoulos Constantine