1. Lithuania – every partner has its role

We had 3 different types of partners:
1. Public institutions e.g. municipalities, forest enterprises and other. They were responsible for local arrangements;
2. Non-governmental organizations. Participants of these organizations became coordinators during the cleanup;
3. Private companies . They contributed financially (e.g. instruments) and also participants became coordinators during cleanup.

2. Bulgaria – major financial support

Each of the partners financed the activities in which they participated. They planned, invested in and controlled the management of the locations and its activities. We believe that this way more than 255,000 EUR of private financing were invested for the achievement of a public goal, this includes 60,000 EUR for fuel from OMV, more than 55,000 EUR for logistics and technical instruments -tractors, trash bags, gloves- more than 140,000 EUR for specialized software, promotional and advertising materials. The institutions also gave their contribution that is valued at 100,000 EUR. The system of financing does not provide for exchange of funds – transferring money or material goods.
The total number of partners was more than 70 – private companies, government institutions, branch and professional organizations, NGOs and media.

3. Greece – a zero-cost event

The campaign ended up being ZERO-COST although this was not a goal at first. We have had discussions about keeping the same for next year since we saw that our marketing slogan „ Let's do it!" can be done with no money and is a great promotion tool. Especially with the current situation in our country. Our Logistics team was trying to find supporters who would offer materials or services instead of money and we came across a company that made 100 „Let's do it!" t-shirts. That is the way we are thinking of continuing this again next year. Finding supporters who give materials and services instead of money will help ensure that the campaign can be zero-cost, and also having each participating organisation or association finding it's own funding for it's own cleanup action will accomplish this also. This is very important if we take into account that through these campaigns we are trying to promote voluntary work.

Our partners were:
Organizations and Associations- With their experience in cleanup actions they were the ones that led the campaign in their areas by gathering people, organizing the cleanup day and getting other third parties involved in the campaign.

Municipalities- In most cases they were the support for the participating organizations and associations, by giving them plastic bags and gloves for the cleanup day or in some cases even by bringing their heavy machinery to help in clean up. But there where a few pleasant exceptions such as Thessaloniki, Kalamata, Farsala and Rhodes, cities in which the municipalities wanted to lead the campaign themselves. These cities turned out to be the most successful this year and we understand that although 1/3 of all municipalities in Greece were involved in the „Let's do it!" campaign this year, next year it has to be 100% and the volunteers participating will have to be a lot more involved.

Media- Mostly blogs which turned out to be very helpful. They were the ones who helped us advertise the campaign in the beginning and reach as many participating associations as possible. After the blogs followed 3 very popular national radio stations and 1 TV station. Taking into account that next year we will have the formal support of 20 of the largest associations of Greece and the Regional Attica(Athens) and Thessalonika- the two largest cities of Greece- we think that even more media will be attracted to the campaign.
We met with the 20 largest environmental associations in Greece too late in the campaign so they said they would support us but wanted to see how the campaign would go, as was expected. After the great success of the campaign we are currently in discussions of how we will work together next year and will set up a meeting for a more formal discussion.

4. Nepal – the team gave the money

The Board Members personally contributed their time, efforts and resources for consultation, coordination and networking withthe government, NGOs, associations, private organizations, volunteers etc. In addition members arranged masks, gloves etc for the local cleanups. We also got special support and arrangements from U.S Embassy Nepal, NCELL and Kathmandu Municipality.

Our major partners in the cleanup program are government agencies ( Kathmandu Municipality, Ministry of Urban Development, Traffic Police), U.S Embassy Kathmandu, NCELL, Nepal Red Cross Society, Colleges, Schools, Clubs, Nepal Tourism Board, Travel Agencies, Trekking Agencies, Mall, Department Store, Tour Operators, private clinic, hospitals, NGOs and INGOs. Some partners provided us with logistics and some sent their representatives to participate in the action.

Here is a brief description about the contribution from the partners:
The U.S.Embassy Nepal office supported Green Action with the volunteers from the embassy. The most encouraging thing was that the U.S. Ambassador Scott H Delisi himself volunteered in the cleanup. The Embassy also gave t-shirts, gloves, and masks to the volunteers. Also the Ncell also provided us with aprons, gloves and masks. In addition the locals from the respective communities volunteered in the cleanup. We also had students and teachers from many colleges participating. The Bhatbahteni departmental store (Mall) offered juice to all the participants. Namaste Supermarket provided us with the drinking water. The Nepal traffic Police helped us with the traffic management. And the Kathmandu Municipality office provided us with vehicles and containers for collecting the garbage.

5. Austria – politicians helped financially

Mostly we got money from politicians in Graz and sponsorships for environmental issues.
We worked a lot with politicians, who supported us in the media. Also all the existing cleanup actions supported us a lot. For example the "Steirische Frühjahrsputz" printed the World Clean Up logo on all its advertising material. The company DEISS, which is producing garbage bags, sponsored 10 000 garbage bags. And also the waste management company "Saubermacher" supported us, mainly with knowledge. Furthermore, we had interviews with Ö3 and FM4 which are two of Austria's biggest radio stations.

6. Macedonia – Ministry of Environment gave a hand

We had no finance for the project. Until 10 days before the action our account was zero. Everyone gave their personal investments. Fortunately in the end, we managed to get a total sponsorship of 4.000 euros so we could cover some part of the costs. Other support came from the Ministry in terms of offering cars for visiting the municipalities.
Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Ministry of Education, Center for managing crises, Direction for rescue and safety, City of Skopje, Municipalities - supported with communication, mechanization and logistics.

Regional Environment Centre in Macedonia provided us with educational materials (Green pack and Green pack junior) and financed us with 2.500 euro.
Pakomak - company for recycling plastic - 600 euro, 2000 bags, and 2000 gloves
Euroekopak - 900 euro
Plastex - 5.000 bags
Media Print Macedonia - marketing and journalists text in daily newspapers

Contact person: Harry Vlassopoulos harryv90 [at] gmail [dot] com (Greece)