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Göncöl Introduction EN


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Göncöl Introduction EN

  1. 1. Göncöl Foundation Member of IUCN – International Union for Conservation of NatureDeedThe Göncöl Foundation is a Hungarian conservation, environmental and culturalorganisation, seated in the Göncöl House in Vác, Hungary. Started as a science youth group in1973, it has been founded in 1989 in its present form. It is a not-for-profit, non-partisanorganisation independent of any political or commercial interest, registered as high publicutility non-governmental organisation in Hungary and Central & Eastern Europe. It is the coreof a structured, autonomous not-for-profit Alliance of legal bodies, individuals, NGOs,volunteers and experts engaged in environmental, cultural and social programs.Mission and ObjectivesIt was founded in order to fulfil its common mission shared with the Göncöl Alliance topreserve and engender nature, social and human values, and to advance transformingsocieties into more sustainable ones as those are now, and based on co-operation of small,human sized communities. It declares the primacy of common weal; does and facilitatespublic utility activities; and values complexity and diversity by nature. Provides services inscience, education and dissemination, on the fields of conservation, environment and culturefor all sectors of the society, assists cross-sector co-operation and networking.OrganisationThe right of the founders is experienced by the Board of the Göncöl Alliance who appointsthe Board of Trusties and the Board of Auditors of the Foundation. The Foundation has fiveworkgroups: Main Office, Community Learning Group, Regional Studies Institute, Editorialand Publishing Office and Kilátó Gallery. Its’ management comprises of the heads of theworkgroups. The Foundation is co-founder and/or member of several other non-profitorganisations. Main activities are being done in Hungary, in Central and Eastern Europeand internationally as member of IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature. Apriority is given for local and regional activities in north-central Hungary including Budapestand its’ agglomeration. The Foundation is winner of the Hungarian Pro Natura Price (1993). MAIN OFFICE – Vác, 3 Ilona street, Göncöl House (national monument)It is the central managerial, administrative, legal, financial and technical office of theFoundation. Its’ activities includes monument protection, fund raising and project managementfurther. The Main Office provides space for offices and programs, technical assistance andclearinghouse support for the member organisations of Göncöl Alliance and for others, hostingthe Hungarian National Committee of IUCN, etc. COMMUNITY LEARNING GROUP – Vác, Göncöl HousePrinciples: inquiry teaching, procreative and field activities, personal caring andresponsibilities, community learning. Facilities: in the Göncöl House Geological Museum andExhibition, Conservation and Environment Public Library, community rooms and offices, andRenewable Energy Point (under development); in the vicinity Boardwalk in the FloodedForest, in the garden BBB Tourism facilities (“boat” house, “bicycle” workshop and “boot”nature camp stuff). The Composting Yard and the Herbal Garden for education are underrestoration. Field Education Centre: in Bakony Mountains, two buildings, forest school, bio-garden and nature trails owned together with Pangea Association and managed by Pangea.Programs: are lecturing in Apor V. Catholic College (elementary school teachers’ education),field and indoor education programs, curriculum related and extra curricular activities,programs for disabled, international “green days”, voluntary fieldworks, Public Helpdesk,Open Museum Evenings and other events.Staff: 4 persons in Göncöl, 4 persons in Pangea. Visitors & guests: about 60 thousand / year. Göncöl Foundation 3 Ilona street, Vác, 2600 Hungary, ph + 36 27 512030, fax + 36 27 512040,,
  2. 2. 2 REGIONAL STUDIES INSTITUTE – Vác, Göncöl HouseStudies: Field research and integral spatial planning; making protection, management anddevelopment plans, preparing and supporting decision making, interpretations, negotiations.Basis: Recent field inventories & databases, stakeholder participation & conflict management.Main accomplishments: Field Inventories & Proposal for establishing Danube-Ipoly NationalPark, Reconciliation Committee of the Law of Environment, Sustainable Land-use Planning ofthe Main Drinking-water Reserves of Budapest, studies on riparian eco-systems, quarries’reconstruction, Danube navigation, local & regional environmental & development plans, etc.Present works: on Danube participating in WB Black-see Nutrient Reduction and EUImproving Danube Navigation projects; on forests CO2 reduction & afforestation, galleryforests; on genetic resources conservation Nagymaros chestnut and Hungarian Giant rabbit.Strategic partner: St. Stephen University Gödöllő, Environmental and Conservation Institute. EDITORIAL & PUBLISHING OFFICE – Budapest, 67 Váci streetPublishing two, bimonthly, nationally distributed, full colour, 52 pages magazines on nature theSüni magazine and the Vadon magazine with a total of 10.000 copies per each issue. Süni(English: hedgehog) primarily for kids and teenagers, established by Göncöl in 1986, andVadon (English: “wildlife”) for adults, established by the Budapest Zoological and BotanicalGardens in 1898. Further regular periodicals, books, newsletters and booklets are published.Movements: “Live just like a forest and the forest will survive”, which is promotingresponsible lifestyles and environmentally-sane practices, and the Süni National Students’Science Competition which is evaluating motivations & competences of participating groups.Co-owner: Budapest Zoological & Botanical Gardens. Strategic partner: ÖKO-Pannon Ltd.Staff: 7 persons. Sold: 100.000 copies/year, References: media coverage, scientific citations. KILÁTÓ GALLERY – Budapest, Margaret Island, Water tower (national monument)The tower is rented by Göncöl since 1984, run as a gallery for contemporary art exhibitionsand events. Main achievements of more than quarter of century long activities are more than100 exhibitions, more than 500 exhibitors and more than 1 million visitors, management andpartial restoration of the water tower which is a national monument in the heart of Budapest.Presenting: temporary art exhibitions, collection on History of Margaret Island, look-out siteand Information Point of Hungarian National Parks. (“kilátó” in English means “look-out”)Big events: May 1st, International Day of Children, events for public sports and “big-families”.Open: Summer. Staff: 1 permanent + 2 seasonal, Visitors: about 20.000 / year, free for kids.StakeholdersBesides Göncöl Alliance and its’ members where the Foundation offers broad scale assistancethe main interest in the divers projects comes from private visitors and public institutionsconcerned with environmental issues. The Foundation co-founder and/or member of severalnational groups and networks on environmental education, air pollution, waste managementand transport. It is member of IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature,hosting its’ National Committee and European Chair of Commission on Education &Communication. Key partners are: the City of Vác (where seated), Apor Catholic College,Hungarian Natural History Museum, St. Stephen University, Budapest Zoological & BotanicalGardens, ÖKO-Pannon Ltd., Ipoly-Erdő State Forestry Ltd. Co. and Budapest Capitol City.The Foundation is co-operating with several local, regional and state offices / authorities.NeedsGöncöl Foundation aims to become financially self-sustaining and already runs many activitiesout of the values it creates. The large focus of its projects however requires high efforts ininvestment and liquidity that cannot be covered from its daily activity in its initial phase. Forthat reason, donations, grants and bona-fide contributions are essential forms of partnership.Private individuals, enterprises, associations and foundations sensitive in environmental andsocial issues are the main supporters of Göncöl Foundation. Göncöl Foundation 3 Ilona street, Vác, 2600 Hungary, ph + 36 27 512030, fax + 36 27 512040,,