The European Chernobyl Network was established in November 2010. Chernobyl organisations from eight European countries came together in Germany to discuss co-operation and further development and the result was the launch of the European Chernobyl Network. ECN was created as an important platform for cooperation and mutual development, exchange of experience, projects, and ideas.
In October 2014 the name of the network was changed to International Chernobyl Network, so that we can welcome members from Japan and other parts of the world.
Aims and objectives
The main aim of the European Chernobyl Network is to help Chernobyl and Anti-nuclear organizations around Europe to work together and raise awareness surrounding current issues affecting victims of the nuclear disasters, especially Chernobyl and Fukushima. Important objective of the work of the ECN is education of youth in terms of ecological impact of NPPs and sustainable development. We are creating a platform where organizations which are facing similar challenges and issues whilst carrying out their projects can share their information and resources to help resolve these, giving them more time to focus on the goals.
International Chernobyl Network unites organisations all around European Union, Japan, Turkey, Belarus and Ukraine. There are charities, ecological and antinuclear initiatives, mutual cooperation NGOs and community centres. Members of the ICN have different structures and budgets but they are united by their belief in a better future and their desire to provide aid to those who need their help.
ICN is a network which brings together organisations on an equal basis, with each member organisation staying independent but benefitting from the support and help of the ICN community. Supporting each other members can develop new projects, raise awareness and work for a common goal. Members are working in co-operation with the local communities to support the people of the Chernobyl and Fukushima affected regions.
ICN in Action
It is challenging to start projects alone; also it is not easy to recruit people to help because ecological Issues and problems concerning nuclear power plants is not a priority on a state level. Within a Network it is easier to find partners and to work together showing that even though Chernobyl and Fukushima happened in the past they have an important influence on our future. ICN aims to become a strong and effective structure and develop a Solidarity movement so that more people with common ideas can get to work together.
The goal of ICN is to be able to provide advice to organisations on the basis of experience and become a hotline for troubleshooting. It is also a strong promotional tool where organizations can find partners, and in the future, sponsors, announcements for European funds and projects, ideas on how to fundraise, information about the voluntary services, exchange of experiences and educational resources.
The important purpose of the Network is the: exchange of experience, development of methodology of work, learning how to adapt in an intercultural environment and work together. ICN is already on a level where members are united to present initiatives together spreading the message of solidarity to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl.
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