The task aims at continuing the good practice established under RENA where at least one representative of NGO sector was invited to attend all planned regional, national trainings and annual and SC meetings. In addition, depending on the priorities determined with the selected NGOs, project team develops capacity building programme for NGO representatives exclusively. This twofold type of capacity building programme allows not only for the interaction and closer involvement of NGOs with national environmental and climate authorities, but also increases the level of technical expertise of NGOs allowing establishment of more constructive and fact based dialogue with national authorities and promoting NGOs participation in environmental decision-making.

The project team works closely with ECF NGOs in designing and implementation of the capacity building programmes. The list of priority areas and topics relevant for the NGOs in the region and in this stage of the development was identified. Based on the list, the ECF prepared Training Needs Assessment (TNA) questionnaire and subsequently conducts in depth assessment of the training needs under the most prior topics and areas based on which the NGOs Specific Regional Training Plan will be prepared. The NGOs Specific Regional Training Plan will contain up to two regional trainings per year (in total up to 6 NGO specific regional trainings).

In addition, NGOs have opportunities to attend trainings and events planned under relevant ECRAN Working Groups. The ECF NGOs actively follow the ECRAN activities and together with project team identify and suggest NGO experts for the ECRAN Working Groups events. Participation at these events is open also to other than ECF NGOs and the candidates will be selected based on their expertise relevant for the event topic and goals.