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«Our world is approaching sustainability at an extremely slow pace. It is a formidable task, with new obstructions appearing every day. It means humanity's survival in conditions of a social and environmental crisis on Earth. Successful sustainable development in one separate country is an unrealizable task. Guaranteed sustainability is only possible in a sustainable environment that should be created by a common effort of all states.

Each country has to, first of all, strive to achieve its own sustainability by meeting required conditions and taking into account all aspects of sustainable development: environmental, economic and social. This goal may only be achieved when each citizen and each community accept it.

It is of note that sustainable and prosperous life, as for example, in Scandinavian countries, is a result, largely, of the high development level of a community culture.

Any true successes in moving toward sustainable development in Russia are found almost exclusively on the municipal, local level. This is not a chance occurrence precisely through working in communities with local residents, whose sustainable development we are trying to encourage, we may accomplish not only local changes, but global ones as well if this work is performed on a mass scale.»

Chairman of FSD Board of Directors, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Water Problems

One of the key areas of FSD activities are programs aimed at community development, under which concrete practical socio-economic projects are fulfilled that have been developed and carried out by local residents. FSD programs are structured in such a way as to assist local government, the public and businesses in communities in pooling their efforts for the development of their municipalities and to teach them to think strategically. Thanks to the active communications and education effort of FSD in disseminating best practices, poorly developed regions have become equipped with experience of its best projects and have learned to assess and find potentials for self-development.

The State University of Management Faculty of Public and Municipal Administration

  The Fund for Sustainable Development (FSD) is an independent, non governmental and nonprofit Russian fund created to promote regional and community sustainable development through concrete projects addressing environmental, social and economic issues in communities across the Russian Federation.

Pursuant to its mission, FSD carries out the following activities:

1. Grantmaking, including the development and support of activities and training in the sphere of regional sustainable development, conservation, environmental education and citizen participation in local selfgovernment processes;
2. Collection and dissemination of information on best practices of projects aimed at sustainable regional and community development and promotion of environmental health and biodiversity preservation;
3. Educational, consultative and communications activities and technical support on issues related to municipal governance and sustainable community development.

FSD works on projects and programs with support from Russian and international donors in the following areas:

Support to civic initiatives to address local issues
Energy and resource saving
Conservation and sustainable nature management
Environmental and public health
Education and youth development

The core principles of FSD workinclude transparency, openness, partner ship development, goaloriented activities and achievement of sustainable project results.

FSD Expertise

The Fund for Sustainable Development has brought together professionals who have been managing socio-environmental projects since 1997. The expertise of this team is based on community development approaches and techniques tested under a number of programs, including the ROLL Program (Replication of Lessons Learned), the Targeted Grants Program in Support of Environmentally Responsible Small Businesses, CDSP (Community Development Support Program), Amur Initiative and others.

Starting from 2005, FSD has successfully completed 15 socially oriented programs with financial support from the United States Agency for International Developmentand Russian and international businesses, such as SUAL, BP, EuroChem, CITI, TNK-BP and United Technologies. It actively collaborates with corporate foundations (Alcoa Foundation and Citi Foundation), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Russian government philanthropic organizations (Moscow House of Public Organizations, Moscow Philanthropic Boardand the National Health League Charitable Foundation).

From 1997 through 2011, over 650 concrete projects for an amount of nearly $15 million were fulfilled under FSD management practically in all regions of Russia.

FSD has a network of partner regional centers across the country in the cities of Yekaterinburg, UlanUde, Nizhny Novgorod and Khabarovsk that take an active part in onsite project management.



National network of partner regional centers was formed in the cities of Yekaterinburg, Ulan-Ude, Novokuznetsk, Nizhny Novgorod and Khabarovsk.
The Fund for Sustainable Development and the network it has created are an effective mechanism for disseminating successful experience in sustainable municipal development in Russia.



FSD Board of Directors:

V. I. Danilov-Danilian, Chairman of FSD Board of Directors, Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Water Problems, Moscow.

Sheldon Bennett, Principal at Board Solutions Co., scow.

L. S. Vindman, Managing Partner, Tungsten Capital Advisors, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

A. N. Kosarikov, Head of Research, Environmental Projects Consulting Institute, Nizhny Novgorod.

V. M. Tarbaeva, Deputy Head of the Saint Petersburg and Leningradsky district branch of the AllRussian Society of Nature Protection (VOOP), St. Petersburg.

S. G. Shapkhaev, Director of Buryatia Regional Association on Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude.

Barbara Felitti, Founder and Owner, Barbara Felitti Consulting, LLC, Montpelier, Vermont, USA.

Carol Pierstorff, Senior Environmental Advisor, Energy Markets Group (EMG), Washington, DC, USA.

A. B. Levintal, Deputy Plenipotentiary of the RF President in the Russian Far East Administrative District, Khabarovsk.

M. B. Kupchik, Director of Representative Office of the International Company Delivery World Limited (United Arab Emirates), Moscow.

O. S. Fokin, Executive Director of the Fund for Sustainable Development, Moscow.

FSD Steering Committee:

V.V.Posner, journalist

Igor Yurgens, Chairman of the Board of Institute of Contemporary Development

John Dooley, Justice. Vermont Supreme Court: President. Russian-American Rule-of-Law Consortium; Board Member. Institute for Sustainable Communities; USA.

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