Eco-support activities have been previously developed with the help of EU funding.
Between 01 December 2006 and 31 December 2007, the City of Helsinki Environment Centre had a cooperation project with the Environment Department of the City of Tallinn. The project received funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and it was part of the Interreg IIIA Southern Finland – Estonia programme. Together with experts, the project developed eco-support training and support materials as well as forms of support for eco-support personnel. The project’s total budget was approximately €180,000.
The Eco-support activity – working together for a better environment project, which ran from 01 April 2009 to 31 December 2011, received funding from the Southern Finland-Estonia sub-project of the EU’s the Central Baltic Interreg IVA programme. This joint project coordinated by the City of Helsinki Environment Centre further developed eco-support activities together with the City of Tallinn. At the same time, the operating model was spread to the other partner cities of the project: Tartu, Rakvere, Kotka and Hämeenlinna. The project’s total budget was approximately one million euros.
As part of the Julia 2030 project, which was coordinated by the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority and operated between 2009 and 2011, eco-support activities were spread to Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen, Kirkkonummi and Kerava. The Julia 2030 project received funding from the EU’s Life+ programme.
During the Step to Ecosupport project eco-support activity was launched in St. Petersburg, Russia. The project was funded by the South-East Finland – Russia ENPI CBC Programme 2007-2013, and carried out in Finnish-Russian cooperation in 2013-2014. Step to Ecosupport project partners were the University of Helsinki, Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education, Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences, Committee for Nature Use, Environmental Protection and Ecological Safety of the city of St. Petersburg, , Kosmos Ltd. and Friends of the Baltic environmental organization.