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Social Ecological Institute (Spoleczny Instytut Ekologiczny) Address: ul.

Raszyska 32/44, 02-026 Warszawa; Tel/ fax +48 22668 97 92; +48 601091809 E-mail: biuro@sie.org.pl; http://www.sie.org.pl Social Ecological Institute is a non profit organization officially registered in 1990. The SIEs statutory aims include pro-ecological activities, development of social support for sustainable development, supporting the development of local communities' cooperation, supporting sustainable development in rural areas, conducting and supporting various forms of ecological education. SEI provides information as well as technical and organisational support to individual persons and organisations interested in issues related to protection of nature, environment, implementation of ecological technologies and renewable energies. The most important projects include: A Model of agro-biodiversity in Kurpie region; Campaign against GMO and Pesticides; Between Narew and Bug rivers - a partnership for ecological effectiveness; A model ecotourism network between Bug and Narew; Creation of polish ecotourism certification system. International projects: Green Bridge between Munich-Warsaw-Odessa; Common ways of sustainable development Belarus-Poland-Germany; Supporting organic farming and local processing, in Georgia; Variety means Life - a LLP project with partners from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Denmark; Implementing Green Energy in Moldova, Local Gene Banks in Armenia, Ecosynergy 50+ - seniors volunteers project with Germany and Greece, ESTO European specialist in traditional orchards with Austria, France, Denmark, Hungary, Germany. One of the topic of SEI activities is protection and promotion of traditional orchards - more than 25000 trees of local fruit varieties was planted in the landscape parks, in Rural Advisory Centre, in farms and Monastery gardens, additionally a nursery of traditional varieties and regional collections was established. SIE leads various forms of ecological and civil education for adults and children. Target groups include mainly farmers, rural self-governments, agricultural schools. The organisation has established many contacts with local self-governments, local NGOs, rural womans and farmers. SIE cooperates closely with scientists and experts in Poland and Europe, with polish, foreign and international NGO and networks. SEI is member of: the polish network of environmental organizations Polish Green Net ; the Climatic Coalition; the international network WECF (Women in Europe for Common Future); the International Ecotourism Society, the Pan-Europe Network and cooperate with Greenpeace, WWF, FoEE. SIEs various publications:The SIEs Library series of thematic books (Organic farming, Genetic resources in agriculture, Polish ornamental gardens, Traditional orchards, Monastery gardens centers of biodiversity, Eco), reports, posters, leaflets, DVD movies: A new tale of monastery orchards and The Kurpie model of agro biodiversity.

Promotion of local products from agro-biodiversity on the Earth Day in Warsaw

Workshop for farmers about protection and care of a traditional orchard