The public environmental organization of the Republic of Tajikistan “Foundation to Support for Civil Initiatives” (FSCI, Dastgiri Center) was created by a group of enthusiasts in early 1995, during a difficult period of civil confrontations. The legal status FSCI was received on June 1, 1995. On January 21, 2008, the organization was re-registered.
The main mission of FSCI is information and consulting support for the development of public organizations, local communities, environmental initiatives aimed at environmental protection, sustainable development, development and implementation of natural resource management programs at the national and local levels.
The FSCI began its activity with the most important and urgent challenge of that time: the creation of the initiative civil society in the Tajik Republic. The opening in 1996 of the country’s first Information and Consulting Center to support the development and strengthening of the new non-governmental (third) sector of the republic served as an impetus for the formation and the beginning of accelerated growth of public organizations of social and environmental profile in Tajikistan.
This area of activity of the FSCI has survived to the present time, the range of recipients of services has expanded: local authorities, state authorities, international organizations, local environmental NGOs, dehkan farms, public self-government bodies, jamoat support centers, initiative groups, individual legal organizations of social and environmental orientation, mass media, individuals. The large open library for public organizations has been created, which is constantly updated and replenished. The FSCI publishes thematic newsletters highlighting the results of the organization’s project activities.
With the development, strengthening of the potential and professional growth of the organization, the old and new directions in the field of FSCI activity have strengthened. Currently, they can be defined and characterized by the following main thematic programs:
Being the coordinator in the country of a number of international and regional programs on sustainable development, environmental and chemical safety, FSCI actively participates in the formation and acceleration of their implementation. Analytical and expert activity in international projects implemented in the country, strengthening of existing and creation of new forms of cooperation with state and local authorities, activation of involvement of the non-governmental sector of the republic in the process of state decision-making takes important direction in the FSCI activities.