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Zoï Environment Network

International Environment House 2
9 chemin de Balexert
1219 Châtelaine, Geneva
(+41 22) 917 84 83
(+41 22) 917 84 83

Otto Simonett


Zoï is a new answer to some stubborn old questions. An international non-profit organisation, Zoï's mission is to reveal, explain and communicate the connections between the Environment and Society and to propose approaches and solutions to improve their relations. Water shortages, industrial legacies and potential impacts of climate change are examples where an environmental problem can become a security issue. Zoï is specialized in analyzing ('know') and communicating ('tell') the frictions between environment and security, and hereby eventually contributing to resolving them ('act'). We design creative information products for decision-making and provide assistance to local, regional and national authorities ready to find solutions to these complex environmental challenges. While our geographic focus is on Europe's margins and its neighbours (the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Mediterranean), we strive to link regional and local issues to the global environmental agenda. A spin-off of UNEP/GRID-Arendal, Zoï operates at arm's length from international organisations, in particular with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Non-governmental and business organizations
8 (5 in Geneva)
Director/Head: Dr. Otto Simonett

Facilitating and communicating Environment & Security assessments and consultations in Central Asia, South Caucasus, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Client: ENVSEC consortium Assessing risks from primary mercury mining in Kyrgyzstan. Clients: UN Institute for Training and Research, UNEP Chemicals Confidence building on shared water resources in the Pripyat river basin (Belarus-Ukraine). Clients: Government of Norway, ENVSEC consortium. Building environmental information infrastructure in countries, regions and cities of Europe's neighbourhood. Clients: European Environment Agency, UNEP. Media training and tours for investigative environmental journalism in Eastern Europe. Clients: Fritt Ord Foundation, UNEP. Communicating approaches to mitigate climate change 'Kick the habit'. Client: UN Environmental Management Group Renewable energy pilot scheme in Olovo municipality, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Client: Olovo city and Doboj-Zenica canton, UNEP/GRID-Arendal Mercury mining sustainable remediation and closing Client: government of Norway, UNEP


with UNEP, OSCE, UNEP/GRID-Arendal, WMO, the UN Economic Commission for Europe, etc. Publications; research papers; promotional materials; For a complete list, see the website at


Research papers, promotional materials. For a complete list, see the website at

climate change
war & conflict
public awareness
agenda 21
capacity building