The project Objective 3: "Strengthening of public involvement in environmental decision making and reinforcement of community actions for pollution reduction and protection of ecosystems" is designed mainly to strengthen the Danube Basin NGOs. In this context the Danube Environment Forum (DEF), the umbrella network of NGOs being supported at the central level (DEF Secretariat) as well as at the national level (DEF Focal Points). The Danube project provides also opportunities for other NGOs to implement small sized local and regional projects ? through the Small Grants Programme (SGP) Communication, Public Awareness and Access to Information are having increasing importance. The project develops communication strategy to disseminate the information about the project and its results and to increase awareness of general public on environmental issues in the basin. Public participation and awareness are also closely related to the Access to information. The project will carry out specific activities in Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Serbia & Montenegro.
The main project components are: