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Phosphorous pollution in the Luga River– source of the pollution has not been found yet

March 13, 2012 a meeting with BALTHAZAR working group was held in St. Petersburg concerning joint sampling programme and monitoring of phosphorous pollution in the Luga River. The joint sampling programme and analysis will involve scientists both from Russia and Finland: experts from Roshydromet and their colleagues from Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). Sampling will take place every two weeks in the four sampling points on the Luga River, minor streams and in the town of Kingisepp. The joint sampling program will start on March 20.

International Environmental Forum "Baltic Sea Day" will be held in St. Petersburg 21-23 March 2012

XIII International Environmental Forum "Baltic Sea Day" will be held in St. Petersburg 21-23 March 2012. Among the main topics of the forum this year – experience exchange among countries of the region concerning the implementation of the National Action Plans on the Baltic Sea and the discussion of the results of activities introducing the concept of sustainable development in the region.

Finnish-Russian Seminar on Environmentally Friendly Solutions for the Gulf of Finland and Youth Involvement, March 1st, 2012

Finnish-Russian seminar on Environmentally Friendly Solutions for the Gulf of Finland and Youth Involvement organized by Consulate General of Finland in St.Petersburg and Friends of the Baltic NGO in cooperation with Finnish Nature League was held on Thursday, 1st of March. Experts, professionals and local authorities were discussing the current challenges and sharing their vision and experience on the reducing euthrophication, promotion of climate friendly solution and biodiversity conservation.

The National Implementation Program for the Baltic Sea Action Plan in Russia has not started yet and will start neither in 2013 nor in 2014!

SewageIn the end of 2011 “Friends of the Baltic” appealed to the Ministry of Natural Resources asking about the status and progress of the "National Implementation Programme on improvement and rehabilitation of the Baltic Sea ecosystem" (NIP). Draft of the NIP was submitted in May 2010. In response, the Ministry of Natural Resources said that the NIP has not passed all approvals yet and it is not included in the plans for 2012-2014.

NGO annual Honorary Badge of Trust and CCB symbolic prize to St.Petersburg Journalist Boris Vyshnevskij

On January 25th the journalist Boris Vyshnevskij was awarded with annual NGO Honorary Badge of Trust by the representatives of environmental NGOs of St.Petersburg and Leningrad oblast. Friends of the Baltic on behalf of the international Coalition Clean Baltic awarded the journalist with a symbolic umbrella of the Coalition with the images of fauna of the Baltic Sea, as acknoledgement for his contribution into informing the citizens about the problems in the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland.

Historical Monuments of the Gulf of Finland Coast– under UNESCO protection

Just before the New Year holidays a group of the community representatives sent two petitions to UNESCO and to the Council of Europe. The petitions contain a request to participate in the destiny of two unique palace-and-park ensembles situated in the Lomonosov district of the Leningrad region: Gostilitsy mansion and the palace ensemble in Ropsha.

Environmental Information Marathon in Peterhof

November, 18-20 a lection course and interactive classes for pupils were organized by Friends of the Baltic at Peterhof. The topic was "How can we help the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland".

Youth explore the Gulf of Finland and come up with solutions for nature conservation

11th Youth Environmental Conference "Environmental monitoring of small rivers and the Gulf of Finland took place on October 22 in the town of Lomonosov on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. After the conference there was a round table about environmental situation in the Gulf of Finland and role of public environmental monitoring with participation of scientists, teachers and public representatives.

The population of the Baltic salmon is decreasing

September 19, 2011 Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB) presented its position concerning the Total Allowable Catch(TAC) for Baltic salmon for 2012
In 2010 the situation in the Baltic salmon spawning was quite complex: the number of salmons returning to spawn reduced, which might be due to the severe frosts in winter. The same situation was observed in 2011 as well. This reducing can hardly be explained by natural fluctuations the number of Baltic salmon stocks only. There is an urgent need to respond to the situation, and that is why it is especially important now to observe the European Commission proposal on fishing opportunities (COM (2011) 562) for 2012 and the recommendations of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

Nord Stream has begun pumping gas along the bottom of the Baltic Sea

The first line of the gas pipeline Nord Stream was launched on September 6, 2011. Its full length is 1224 km. Countries affected by the project are concerned both about Russian gas supplies and about the impact of the construction on the Baltic Sea environment and ecosystem.

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