The idea to establish special network for informational exchange among ecologists and journalists of Russian northwest arises in 1996. Our analysis of Internet ecological resources demonstrated that there only were thematic special lists and servers, which gives information after request. Those forms of informational presentation are not always suitable, especially for inexperienced Internet users. Taking into consideration, we had at that time quite long contacts with specialists and enthusiasts, which are interested in ecological problems of Baltic sea region, the conference was organized in Journalists House, St. Petersburg, October 1997. From the organizers of the conference were St. Petersburg Association of Ecological Journalists, St. Petersburg Naturalist Society and TEIA (Transboundary Environmental Informational Agency; http://teia.org). One of important resolutions of the conference concerned the launching of express list- and web-servers. This ecological net named as ENWL: Ecological North West Line. The resource has to consolidate and join scientists, journalists, non-governmental environmental organizations (NGO) and administrative organs; the main goal of the activity is to improve ecological situation of Russian northwest region.
As moderator of ENWL teleconference, ecologist Dr. Vladimir Levchenko was elected in the conference. Beside the ENWL statute was elaborated. According to this statute, ENWL has to promote to realize the following objective:
- 1) to maintain the public forum among environmentalists, journalists and local administrations;
2) to facilitate the discussion on regional and global ecological problems;
3) to disseminate the ecological information in Internet using list- and web-servers;
4) to provide subscribers with environmental information about the current events and conferences;
5) to publish actual articles on ecology, eco-philosophy, eco-ethics.
At present, there are four mailing lists: ENWL, ENWL-inf, ENWL-talk and ENWL-eng. Organization TEIA (Transboundary Environmental Informational Agency; http://teia.org) provides technical support of their functioning. The official language of ENWL-eng teleconference is English, the rest lists suppose Russian and English languages as well. The ENWL mailing list is aimed the interchange of brief messages about different regional problems generally. The discussions are welcome here. The second list is designed the dissemination of articles, ecological digests, reports, press releases, etc. At last, ENWL-talk list, which is available for ENWL subscribers only, maybe used for publications and discussions for any topics.
Now the ENWL mailing list has more 260 addresses of subscribers. These are not only different ecological organizations and environmentalists of Russian northwest but also subscribers from other regions of Former Soviet Union and planet including Baltic countries (Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden). The ENWL-inf list has about 230 subscribers from Former Soviet Union and other countries. The ENWL-eng list has about 200 subscribers; it takes place the intensive informational interchange between ENWL-eng list and some environmental servers around the world, for instant BALLERINA (Baltic Sea Region On-line Environmental Information Resources for Internet Access, Stockholm; http://www.baltic-region.net) and AEDF (Alaska, http://groups.yahhoo.com/group/AEDF). Since spring 1998, the ENWL transmits also information to FIDO-net through the gate in Voronezh. The current ENWL information and archives may be found in the website http://enwl.net.ru (web-masters Sergey Stafeev, Natalya Rybalka and now Elena Timofeeva).
Among the subscribers of all ENWL lists are many known organizations, for example the such as St. Petersburg Naturalist Society, Coalition of Clear Baltic, WWF (the World Wild Nature Foundation, Russian and Finnish sections), Russian-Estonian Lake-Peipus project, Green Cross, Social-Ecological Union and many others. There are also information agencies, journalist organizations (for example, St. Petersburg Association of Ecological Journalists), scientific institutions, municipal administrations. The informational traffic of ENWL is quite big: this is about 1500 Kb for ENWL list per month and about 5000 Kb per month for all lists in total.
The ENWL subscribers participated in many actions to protect the natural objects and human rights of ecologists and environmentalists. For example, they collected the signatures against the judgment concerning ecologists A.Nikitin and PG.Pasko, against plantation of GM trees, against demolition of unique Danube reserve in Ukraine.
In order to subscribe to ENWL send the message with the text subscribe enwl (or enwl-inf, or enwl-eng) to the address firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Levchenko V.F. Ecological Russian Net Magazine ECONEWS // BALLERINA. Proceedings of First Annual Conference, Riga, 1997, p. 20.
2. Levchenko V.F. ENWL-net for Environmental Organization of Russian Northwest (in Russian and Finnish) // Russian-Finnish newspaper MOCT-SILTA, ?1, 1999.
3. Levchenko V.F. Ecological Net ENWL for Russian Northwest (in Russian). Internet Revue, Riga, 2000, No 1, p. 8 - 10 (http://www.iephb.nw.ru/labs/lab38/levchenko/articles/).
4. Levchenko V.F. St. Petersburg Based E-mail List Links Conservationists Throughout Russia and the World // Russian Conservation News, 2000, No. 24.
5. Grishman Z.M., Levchenko V.F., Rybalka N.N., Savostianova E.U., Snetkova O.A. Hypermedia Ecological Information System, Containing Hydro-Biological and Hydro-Chemical Information on the East Part of Finnish Gulf and Ladoga lake (in Russian). In book: The Experience of Elaboration of the System for Management of Water Resources of St. Petersburg. SPb, Borey Print, 2001, p. 226 - 254 (http://www.iephb.nw.ru/labs/lab38/levchenko/articles/).
6. Levchenko V.F. Internet Ecological Service of North West Russia. History of Marine And Freshwater Research In Estonia And Neighbouring Countries. Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tarty. Tallinn, Estonia, 2001, February 1 - 2, p.30.
7. Levchenko V.F. ENWL in Internet. // Proceedings of International Environmental Forum "Baltic Sea Day" (in Russian and English), St. Petersburg, 22 - 23 March 2004, p. 56 - 57.