Enriched or Impoverished? Environmental Accounts about Mining in the Global South
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The Siemenpuu Foundation* was founded in 1998 by 15 Finnish non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or foundations working with questions linked to the environment and development. It supports civil society organisations in developing countries working for ecological democracy, environmental protection and prevention of environmental threats.
The financial support granted by the Foundation is channelled directly to NGOs and their networks, social movements and research institutes operating and based in developing countries. In addition to targeting environmental concerns, the supported activities aim at empowering local communities, strengthening people’s responsibility in creating ecologically and socially sustainable practices as well as building a strong civil society.
The Siemenpuu Foundation has provided project funding since 2002. Up until the beginning of 2010 the Foundation had funded 325 projects in over 50 countries. Currently the Foundation’s support is focused on Mali, India, Indonesia, the Mekong Region and Latin America. In these geographic areas the project funding is channelled through seven cooperation programmes, each working on different environmental themes. Some projects are funded in other countries based on a case by case basis.
The Foundation receives its funding from the public development cooperation funds administered by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The Foundation´s budget for 2010 is 1 456 000 euros.
* The name of the Foundation, Siemenpuu, is Finnish and means "mother tree".