Aarhus Centres have enabled the development of a new model and understanding whereby public institutions, local administrations, civil society organizations, and the private sector jointly address environmental challenges in their localities and seek solutions. The Centres have become a bridge between citizens and authorities. They work on a wide range of activities, including raising public awareness of environmental issues, disseminating environmental information, organizing public hearings, monitoring local environmental hotspots, providing legal advice to citizens and NGOs on environmental matters, and engaging youth and women in environmental initiatives. The specific priorities of each Aarhus Centre vary depending on the local needs - see bellow for a list of the main thematic areas.
Moreover, they are also more and more engaged at the regional and international level, through their active participation in international meetings, and transboundary consultation and decision making processes.
The impacts of climate change pose a threat to sustainable development and the stability of societies.
Communities are in the front line when natural hazards hit.
Being a platform for discussion regarding natural resources, environmental security, regional cooperation and exchange of environmental information, Aarhus Centres organize activities such as conte
Public participation in conducting Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) is key to achieve transparent decision-making processes.
Environmental legislation in many regions where Aarhus Centres operate is still in the process of development.
The environmental impacts of mining and other extractive industries often lead to concerns of the local population, in particular when information is not accessible.
Raising awareness of gender issues regarding environmental challenges is of crucial importance.
Aarhus Centres directly and indirectly contribute to the transition to green economy.
Aarhus Centres address the lack of public awareness of existing or potential risks linked to hazardous waste, including uranium tailings.
Security and sustainable development are interlinked.
Since they are present in urban areas, Aarhus Centres are key players to address the issue of urban waste management.
Well-governed water resources are crucial for sustainable development and conflict prevention.
Empowering youth in environmental-related activities is a key activity carried out by the Aarhus Centres.
Other type of activities carried out by the Aarhus centres across their respective regions.