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  • Luga river basin ecomonitoring groups joined the River Watch network

    Inter-regional training-seminar "Public monitoring of water bodies in Leningrad Region: cooperation of educational institutions, authorities and NGOs” was organized by Ecocentrum LLC together with experts from Friends of the Baltic NGO. The meeting was held on February 2, 2017, in Luga, Leningrad region.

    Leaders of youth public ecomonitoring groups from Luga, Kingisepp and Lomonosov districts of Leningrad Region and St. Petersburg, as well as representatives of public organizations, participated in the meeting. Committee of State Environmental Supervision of Leningrad region and Luga District Education Committee representatives were special guests of the training.

  • Round Table in the Leningrad oblast government – open dialogue of authorities and civil society on the regional environmental situation

    23d of December 2016 in the Leningrad oblast government building the Round table «Nature and People – Open Dialogue on the Year of Ecology 2017 Actions for the Improving the Regional Environment” took place. Round table was organized by Commission on the Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and Environment of the Public Chamber of the Leningrad Region in conjunction with the Committee on Ecology and Nature Use of Leningrad region Legislative Assembly, the Public Environmental Council under the Governor of Leningrad region, North-West center to support environmental education and Friends of the Baltic NGO.

  • Interregional training-seminar for school Ecoadvisers on energy efficiency

    On December 14, Friends of the Baltic NGO, SPARE experts and Ecocentrum Ltd with the support of Profine-RUS (JSC) and school № 579 organized and conducted a training-seminar for Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad region school Ecoadvisers.

  • Cities for life: fostering public participation in urban development with consideration for climate change

    December 21: a training on public participation in urban development with consideration for climate change took place in St.Petersburg. We all wish to live in green and comfortable cities, breathe a clean air and drink clean water. Climate change may also change a lot about our cities’ infrastructure. How to adapt the city environment to these new conditions and reduce the city’s and its citizen’s climate impact? The answers to this are sought by experts as well as NGO activists and lay citizens.

  • Ecoadvisers and partners conducted a school energy audit

    On November 28, Friends of the Baltic experts, Profine RUS (JSC) and a school ecoadviser conducted a thermal imaging observation at a public school. In 2010-2012, an energy audit was performed (or should have been performed) in all Russian schools by service companies, but often the results were not explained to the school administration, neither were they delivered to the technical staff and the overall school community, and thus failed to create the basis for the improvement of energy efficiency of the school building.

  • Energy Saving Day for future builders

    On November 24, Friends of the Baltic organized and conducted an open Energy Saving Day for students of building and construction related courses of the College of Tourism and Hotel service. Future builders and buildings managers at tourist destinations took part in two sections: Climate and Energy, and Energy Efficiency.

  • Public monitoring of environmental conditions ofwater bodiesin Sennoy district municipality – investigations of a pond in Yusupov garden


    Friends of the Baltic environmental NGO together with Sennoy district conducted a study of Yusupov Garden’s pond, a place of mass visits of people in St.Petersburg. This event was organized on October 13, 2016, and was held in the frame of the European Local Democracy Week.

  • Round table in Luga - cooperation for the river monitoring and the search for practical solutions

    Friends of the Baltic NGO in cooperation with Clean Luga public organization held a round table "Environmental education and practical environmental activities in Luga, Leningrad region, in the frame of the Year of Ecology" on October 10th. The main participants of the meeting were representatives of local schools and educational centers. Moreover, meetings with representatives of Luga district Administration were held on the topic of cooperation in environmental education.

  • Young eco-activists research rivers and help the Baltic Sea

    The 16th youth environmental conference “Eco-monitoring of rivers and the Gulf of Finland took place in Peterhof town on the South shore of the Gulf of Finland “22nd of October 2016.

  • Environmental festival in Lomonosov - nature and people

    Ecological festival "Environmentally friendly lifestyle - common actions towards the Year of Ecology in Russia" was held on October 11 in Lomonosov. Friends of the Baltic NGO experts in cooperation with specialists of PETERHOF educational center, as well as the Library of Family Reading, held series of exhibitions, lectures and interactive information sessios and educational activities with the support of Lomonosov Administration.

  • International seminar on Environmental Education for the Gulf of Finland: trilateral cooperation

    On October 6, Friends of the Baltic held a trilateral Finnish-Estonian-Russian seminar titled "Environmental Education - Trilateral Cooperation for the Gulf of Finland". The seminar became the next step in the development of cooperation among the three countries in the field of promoting environmental education (both formal and informal) based on the most recent scientific data on the Gulf of Finland environment. The participants discussed the opportunities of a new large-scale joint project that is being planned for the next year.

  • Friends of the Baltic and Ecocentrum received diplomas of the Government of Saint-Petersburg

    The contest of school projects "Energy and Environment" and an exhibition of five Energy Efficient Building banners were awarded by diplomas by government of the Saint-Petersburg on October 5, on seminar “Energy saving in the budgetary sphere and housing and communal services. The main tasks and solutions” on VI International congress “Energy saving and energy efficiency – dynamic of development”.

  • Kick-off seminar of Cities for Life campaign brings people together to discuss ideas for climate-friendly cities

    The kick-off seminar of Cities for Life campaign was held on September 30 in St.Petersburg, Russia. It was organized by Friends of the Baltic NGO and 350.org and helped bring together ecoactivists, experts and public officials in order to discuss possible ways of collaboration to promote the city’s climate strategy and climate-friendly solutions for urban areas. Many solutions already exist and they have to do with energy efficiency, ecofriendly ways of transportation, changes in consumption patterns and sustainable use of resources, among others.

  • Friends of the Baltic joined the World Car Free Day

    22 of September in St.Petersburg at the Ecocentrum demonstration complex Friends of the Baltic have organized the Open Day dedicated to the World Car Free Day. Friends of the Baltic staff arrived to the office by bicycles, scooters, public transport, and opened doors for all those, who are interested to learn more about the impact of transport on the climate and the environment in general, as well as on the available nature and climate friendly transport solutions.

  • Friends of the Baltic presented Energy Efficiency exhibition at PoliFest

    11 of September Friends of the Baltic organized an exhibition and information stand about energy efficiency of building within the PoliFest - St. Petersburg environmentally friendly Festival of science, technology and design.

  • Public River Watch Network is Expanding Westwards of Leningrad Region

    Friends of the Baltic held the Round table «Cooperation perspectives for environmental education to save water bodies» September 19th, 2016 in Kingisepp town.

  • Friends of the Baltic presented plans and activities for the 2016-2017 school year

    At the round table, which was held in St. Petersburg on September 14th, Friends of the Baltic team announced programs and projects for the upcoming academic year.

  • Friends of the Baltic presented the Energy Efficiently Building exhibition at an international seminar in Minsk

    On September 13-14, an international seminar on climate change and energy efficiency was organized at the Centre of Ecological Solutions in Minsk, Belarus. It included a project meeting with INFORSE-Europe, Friends of the Baltic and other partners from Russia, Belarus and Latvia of the Strengthening NGOs In Promotion Of Sustainable Energy For Local Development And Climate Protection project.

  • Mass fish mortality in Luga river – why did it happen?

    In the end of July 2016 mass fish mortality was observed in Luga river (Luga district, Leningrad region): a lot of dead fish was found near Zaozerye village. Local residents, in cooperation with Clean Luga environmental movement activists and Friends of the Baltic NGO sent official request to the local municipality, as well as to Rosprirodnadzor (Federal service for supervising natural resources), the fish protection authorities and other authorized bodies.

  • Round table in Ecocentrum for teachers from Luga, Kingisepp and Lomonosov districts of Leningrad region


    19th August 2016 Friends of the Baltic public organization held the Round Table on the environmental education and practical schoolchildren activities for nature conservation and saving water ecosystems in the Luga river basin.

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