Derived from the Russian word исток and translated as source / rise – ESTOK wants to address not only environmental problems in Eastern Europe and Northern Eurasia but wants to challenge the sources of them.

ESTOK is an independent consultancy company focused on natural resource management and protected area development. The regional emphasis of ESTOK lies on the countries of the Southern Caucasus (incl. Iran) as well as in the Central Asian Nations, in Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine.

Built on the competence of its founders, ESTOK combines landscape ecology, political ecology, educational science and intercultural competences. With 15 years experience in natural resource management, nature conservation planning and human resources development, the company’s activities are based on five pillars:

  • Research
  • Capacity Building
  • Protected Area Planning
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Sustainable Rural Development