Central Event of the Russian Part of the Campaign: Meeting at St.Petersburg Legislative Assembly and Round Table at Vodokanal.

Author: Junna Maltseva.
July 4th participants of the campaign cycled through St. Petersburg and had a meeting with the City Planning Commission deputy Irina Komolova and representatives of the Legislative Assembly Commission on ecology of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region. A round table "Ecological Approaches to the wastewater treatment for small communities and individual houses" was held at Vodokanal of St Petersburg.

Northern shore of the Gulf of Finland: eutrophication, local eco-groups and perspectives for protected areas on the coast.

Author: Junna Maltseva.
July 3rd Friends of the Baltic team cycled along the Northern coast of the Gulf of Finland in Kurortny district of St.Petersburg. We held an informational campaign and gathered residents’ signatures under the petition for the protection of the Baltic Sea in Zelenogorsk town park and on the beach in Solnechnoe village. A group of students, members of Sestroretsk cycling club “Sportstyle” (high school #324) and their teachers joined us that day.


International petition and link to the official web-site, where you can sign the petition.

Race for The Baltic campaign materials 2013

You can download campaign materials from the links below:

Race for the Baltic campaign launches

June, 8th the launch of the Race for the Baltic campaign, initiated by Coalition Clean Baltic, FISH-secretariat and Oceana, will take place in Malmö, Sweden to coincide with World Oceans Day.

River festival on Zhdanovka

May 18, St. Petersburg, on the banks of the river Zhdanovka was held the 9th interregional youth River Festival, which Friends of the Baltic, together with partners, annually hold on various rivers. Students from 20 educational establishments of city and region shared their stories about the rivers they research. On ecologic stations, which were held by NGO’s and teachers, students got acquainted with the methods of analysis of the rivers and ways to improve their condition.

International project “Step to Eco Support” has been started in Saint Petersburg, eco advisors will appear in schools

On 22 of May Kick off seminar was held in Petersburg in frame of russian-finish project called “Step to EcoSupport”. “Friends of the Baltic” organization during this project will create a network of school eco advisors, conduct trainings and counseling, prepare methodical recommendations for eco-friendly solutions in schools: energy and resource efficiency, about ecological priorities when buying equipment and materials for schools, waste management, transport solutions and other examples of “green” choice.

Southern coast of the Gulf of Finland: nature versus construction

May 14th, Friends of the Baltic, together with the Centre of expertise «ECOM» with the support of Municipal Unit of Lomonosov town held a business bus excursion, devoted to the natural values of southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. The focus of the tour - the pieces of the coast, where there are prospects for the conservation of natural areas, but lack of decisions and regimes, which ensure their safety.

Minister of Natural Resources of Russia Met Baltic Sea Action Group in Helsinki

During the official visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Finland, Minister of natural resources and ecology, Sergey Donskoy has met Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG). According to the Baltic Sea Action Plan, Russia will stop all untreated wastewater discharges from the coastal cities and towns to the Baltic Sea. So far wastewater from Kaliningrad, Lomonosov and several other coastal towns flows to the sea without any treatment.

Perspectives on the Development of Comfortable and Healthy Environment on the Gulf of Finland Coast Were Discussed at the Round Table in Lomonosov

Round table ”Perspectives on sustainable development of Gulf of Finland region – view from the Southern coast” by Friends of the Baltic NGO was held on October 20th in Lomonosov. The round table attracted local NGOs and authorities, experts, architects and teachers from St.Petersburg and Leningrad region. The round table was held in the framework of Lomonosov environmental festival and “Meetings on Dvortsoviy” program with the support of Lomonosov municipality. An exhibition and publications about decreasing of phosphorous load to the Baltic Sea, created by "Friends of the Baltic" with the support of Coalition Clean Baltic was presented to the participants.

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