c/o Andrei Zatoka (Co-chair)
Microregion Ts-1, dom 8, kv. 23
c/o Farid Tukhbatullin (Co-chair)
Microregion Ts-1, dom 9, kv. 60
DEG is a coalition of environmental activists founded in 1992. It operates on the principles of individual initiative and mutual assistance, and has no administrative staff or membership dues. Over the years DEG has organized a variety of projects, including:
- With support from the National Endowment for Democracy and the Open Society Institute, DEG opened a Public Information Center in Dashkhovuz to encourage civic initiatives. The center and a network of public libraries collect publications and periodicals from throughout Eurasia and the rest of the world.
- DEG's publishing program includes its Vitamin Y journal on democracy, reform, and law, which is in its third year of publication. One of its most successful publications was an ecology textbook for school teachers. It has also produced a number of documentaries which have been shown on national television.
- It established an environmental youth club, Young Cheetahs, which currently includes more than 100 school children from several schools in Dashkhouvz. The children learn about ecology, participate in recycling and other projects, and publish the Green Shoot journal, which is distributed throughout Turkmenistan and other countries in the former Soviet Union.
Other DEG activities, include sponsoring environmental competitions in schools, distributing seeds and seedlings of endangered plants, and organizing exhibitions.
Members of DEG have helped to establish environmental organizations in other cities of Turkmenistan. In 1995 DEG organized and hosted the Cheetah 95 Central Asian Biodiversity Conference, at which the first Central Asian-wide environmental advocacy professional association, BIOSTAN, was formed.
Last updated: November 1998
A print version of much of the information contained in this Central Asian Third Sector Organizations section can be found in Civil Society in Central Asia (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999).