About us:

Interreligious and environmental civil forum of Eastern Europe (IRCEF, (Uzhhorod, Ukraine · Chisinau, Moldova · Minsk, Belarus; Tbilisi, Georgia; Erevan, Armenia; Berlin, Germany) created by 36 representatives of secular and religious institutions in Eastern Europe as a result of the international scientific conference “The Church and Society for the preservation of the environment in Eastern Europe: the protection of creation” (07-09.10.2016 Uzhgorod). The purpose of the forum is the exchange of information, experiences and joint actions in the environmental field between the churches and environmental organizations for the benefit and assistance to care for God’s creation. Forum aims to promote the development of environmental programs and church projects, religious organizations and civil society on the basis of biblical, theological and other spiritual starting points for finding and applying the principles of sustainability in relation to one’s neighbor, taking into account our responsibility for future generations and for all of God’s creation – nature.

Alexander Bokotey

After graduating from the Biological Faculty of Uzhhorod State University, worked as a teacher of biology and valeology at the secondary school in Zolotarevo village, Khust district, Transcarpathian region. After working at school, graduated from the postgraduate study at the Department of Entomology of the Biological Faculty of Uzhhorod State University and defended his dissertation on animal ecology.

Kulya Nataliya

She graduated from Uzhhorod National University with a degree in tourism and international economic relations. He has been working at the Institute since 2013. He is a member of the IGKE Commission on Ecology, 10 years of experience. Main areas: sustainable development, sustainable tourism, recreational and tourist activities in national parks, cross-border cooperation, historical, cultural and architectural heritage.

Antonina Zeikan

Master’s student of the Department of Forestry of Uzhhorod National University. In 2015 she graduated from secondary school of I-III grades. № 1 city of Irshava. In 2015 she entered Uzhhorod National University at the Faculty of Geography. Research interests: forestry, forest ecology, forest pedagogy… In 2019 she received a bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Horticulture. Volunteer of the Commission on Ecology and the Youth Commission of the Mukachevo Greek Catholic Diocese. Volunteer of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies. Knowledge of languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English.

Archimandrite Adam

Chairman of the Department of Health of the Patriarchate of Georgia, Rector of the University of Holy Queen Tamara, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor. Member of the Board of the International Center for Christian Studies at the Orthodox Church of Georgia. Archimandrite Adam conducts scientific and theoretical work on topical scientific issues of the main directions of Christian research, including theology of Creation, Christian environmental ethics.

Boris Tikhomirov

Director of Central Asian Programs of the Nature Conservation Union (NABU) of Germany. Founder of IRCEF, ideological inspirer and strict critic of many of our initiatives and projects, whose contribution to our common cause is difficult to overestimate from the standpoint of experience, and from the standpoint of friendly participation, and sincere passion for environmental protection and promotion of responsibility for Creation – Eastern Nature. Of Europe.

Motuzenko Bogdan

After graduating from Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University with Master’s degree in Sociology and Psychology in 1999, he completed a postgraduate course at the Department of Industry Sociology, specializing in “Sociology of Culture” and received his PhD in sociology. He has worked with sociological agencies and participated in designing election campaigns. Until 2007, he was the head of the sector of sociology, and later deputy director for scientific work, head of the Kiev office of the Foundation for Progressive Reform Support. He taught the courses “Sociological Analysis of Documents” at the Taras Shevchenko National University and “Sociology of Communications” at the Academy of Trade Unions of Ukraine.

Sergey Yushkevich

Head of the Church and Environmental Protection Program at the Center for Environmental Solutions NGO, Minsk, Belarus. Sergey, within the framework of his direction, is promoting the principles of an environmentally friendly lifestyle among Christians in Belarus. The program develops the environmental activities of Christian churches in Belarus, implements the recommendations and ideas set forth in official church documents related to environmental issues.

Markus Vogt

Marcus Vogt (October 26, 1962, Freiburg) is a German Catholic theologian and professor of social ethics at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. Marcus Vogt studied theology and philosophy in Munich, Jerusalem and Lucerne. Scientist Vogt focuses on the philosophical foundations of socio-ethical principles as well as environmental and business ethics. Through his scientific work, he contributed to Christian social ethics, emphasizing the importance of environmental protection and formulated a new socio-ethical principle of sustainable development or the principle of sustainability.

Mykhailo Bilanych

In 2003 he graduated from the Biological Faculty, and in 2007 completed postgraduate studies at Uzhhorod National University. Also he studied at the Catechetical Institute named by Andrew Bachynskyi at Mukachevo Greek Catholic diocese.

Vladislav Yurosh

Successfully implemented the scholarship project “Assessment of environmental, social and economic criteria on the example of water resources of the Transcarpathian region MHPP” on the basis of the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU) with the support of DBU during 2019-2020 from Mr. Boris Tikhomirov, Central Asia and Eastern Europe international department. As an expert he participated in the implementation of projects (2018, 2019). Vladislav speaks German, English, Polish and Russian. He is studying at the graduate school of Uzhhorod National University at the Faculty of Social Sciences in the field of political science in the 2nd year.

Marta Mykhailets

She graduated from the Faculty of Biology of Uzhhorod National University in 2008 with a degree in Biology. Biology and chemistry teacher. At the moment he works as a teacher at Uzhhorod secondary school №9 I-III degrees. He graduated from the Transcarpathian Academy of Arts, majoring in Painting. (Engaged in sacred art, icon painting, has a certificate from the Ukrainian Catholic University). Has experience in teaching and organizational activities with children of preschool age, primary school, middle and high school.

Igor Plevsky

Greek Catholic priest in charge of environmental protection in the Greek Catholic Church of the Republic of Moldova. Graduated from the Uzhgorod Greek Catholic Theological Academy named after I. Blessed Theodore Romji. He also studied at the Universitstea de Stat Moldova Chisinau. Implements environmental and social projects as part of the activities of the organization “Optima Fide” from September 18, 2014 to the present.