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Organization: ENDA
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?


OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

Enda Europe, based in Paris, has launched in 1997 a Mediterranean Programme to promote sustainable development (SD) in this eco-region through a critical follow up of the implementation of SD policies in the Maghreb countries.

In 2004, Enda Europe :

• has continued being active in:
o the Comité de suivi des ONG d'environnement de la Méditerranée (CdS) together with Enda Maghreb, WWF, the Arab Network for Environment and Development, Friends of the Earth… The CdS is the EU’s interlocutor on the environmental aspects of the Euromed partnership.
o the Euromed Platform, i.e. the Mediterranean civil society organisations network which organises the annual Civil Forums taking place in parallel to the conferences of the Euromed ministers of foreign affairs.
• helped putting into place Local 21 Agendas in Algeria and Morocco, with the French Comité 21;
• carried on its work with the Plan Bleu - a French association which works under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - and contributed to the elaboration of indicators of sustainability of the coastal areas around Alger;
• animated (lessons learned and best practices) 14 French and Moroccan NGOs that have 7 projects promoting democratic participation at local level of all citizens (especially vulnerable groups: poor farmers, women, and disabled people) in various rural and urban areas of Morocco.
• organised, together with 2 Moroccan migrants associations based in France, a “Solidarity Week with Morocco” from November 19th to 21st of 2004 in Paris (conferences, roundtables, stands…)

In Morocco, Enda Maghreb’s main activities in 2004 have been:

• Environmental education
Morocco is particularly affected by environmental degradation (desertification, loss of biodiversity, bad management of waste…).
Examples of actions undertaken by Enda Maghreb: capacity building on environmental education for school teachers and civil society leaders, creation of environment clubs in 8 schools, creation of green spaces in towns, Solid Waste Management, preservation of natural resources (Moulouya river basin), diffusion of environmental education material such as posters, T-Shirts, colouring books for children, especially during the “Arab Environment Day” on October, 14th 2004.

• Fight against poverty
Besides sensitization and environmental education, Enda saw that sustainable management of natural resources in rural areas is only possible if accompanied by actions to reduce poverty and human pressure on the environment. Enda Maghreb therefore supports economic activities (honey, argan oil, aromatic and medicinal plants, woodcraft) undertaken by rural women.

• Strengthening civil society
- Strengthening the capacities of Moroccan civil society through a better access to information (e.g. animation of a national network on desertification, website, repertory of Moroccan NGOs, workshops…)
- Capacity building of vulnerable groups (women and young people) in cities, for instance through equipment of associations with NTIC.
- Access to basic social services: e.g. slum rehabilitation in Salé (suburb of Rabat).

Through its development programme "RENFCAP", Enda is strenghtening the capacities of civil society and local authorities in Morocco to improve mutual understanding and dialogue on a local level (here, in the town of Oulmès).

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

Enda Europe  :

- CRID : le Centre de Recherche et d'Information pour le Développement (France)
- GTD : Groupe de travail sur la désertification (groupe de travail du CRID)
- Comité de suivi des ONG d'environnement de la Méditerranée : Enda Europe and Enda Maghreb
- Collectif d'appui aux projets de développement et de co-développement de la Mairie de Paris
- European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

The challenges ahead:

• Continuing to build capacities of civil society organisations and local authorities (growing demand);
• In Morocco, continuing to inform about the changes in local democracy (New Communal Charter promulgated in 2002 which, if well implemented, would encourage good governance, partnerships between civil society and local authorities and thus more citizen participation in local decisions).

Postal address of organization

ENDA Europe
5 rue des immeubles industriels
75011 Paris (France)

E-mail address of organization

Website address of organization


Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Sustainable Development

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Democratic Participation

Highest priority country of action (or international)


Second priority country of action (or international)

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