After elections in 1990 led to a peaceful, democratic transition from communist rule, Hungary faced daunting environmental problems. Efforts to address this unfortunate legacy was compounded by a shift of responsibility to the regional and local levels with no adequate infrastructure for environmental planning.
In 1992, ISC became one of the first organizations to implement environmental projects on a local level in Hungary. Our approach was twofold: to promote environmental action and education projects, and to help people in this new democracy embrace their power as citizens to shape their futures.
- We helped the community of Sátoraljaúhely establish the country's first curbside recycling program.
- We helped clean up pollution in the Latja river in the city of Mosonmagyaróvár by coordinating efforts by citizens and the government to build sewers, eliminate illegal discharges, and remove debris from the river.
- ISC's first environmental education campaign began in Hungary. Our trademark approach-bringing ecology and environmental studies into the classroom in an interactive manner-was replicated in Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.