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  • Preserve the Nature of Gulf of Finland South Shore

    On September 21, an Ecotrip took place along the Southern shore of the Gulf of Finland and meeting with local residents, dedicated to celebrating of European Green Belt Days – this year is a 30th anniversary of the European Green Belt international initiative.

  • Save the climate by saving energy

    Friends of the Baltic organized the section with the same name on September 12 in St. Petersburg at the “Krestovsky Ostrov” Environmental and Biological Center on meeting of eco teams of Russian Movement of School Students.

  • SPARE in Luga

    September 6, “Friends of the Baltic” represented the School Project on Application of Resources and Energy (SPARE), the All-Russian contest of school projects on energy and resource conservation “Energy and the environment” and the poster exhibition “Energy Efficient Building” at the festival “Together, Brighter” in the city of Luga in Leningrad region.

  • Appeal to the Legislative Assembly of Leningrad Region was considered at the meeting of the Commission on Ecology and Environmental Management

    Friends of the Baltic participated at the meeting of the Committee on Ecology and Nature Management of the Legislative Assembly of the Leningrad Region and presented a proposal of including into the Law about administrative offenses of the Leningrad Region responsibility for the lack of sewage treatment plants at the individual housing sector and for the discharge of untreated waste water on the relief and natural reservoirs of the Leningrad region.

  • Socio-environmental priorities for the development of routes on protected areas

    The proposals of Friends of the Baltic on the development of environmental solutions and development of accessible environment on protected areas were discussed at a joint meeting of the Environmental Council under the Government of St. Petersburg and Public Environmental Council under the Governor of Leningrad Region.

  • Clean rivers, wells and springs - the contribution of everybody is important!

    Press conference “Rivers, springs and wells: about problems and solutions for reducing pollution of natural waters by wastewater from cities, villages, gardening communities and agriculture” was held On June 13,
    in INTERFAX Inform agency. Friends of the Baltic and Ecocentrum presented the results of a three-year work on the Barents-Baltic Nature and People program and the project “Small-scale solutions to reduce nutrient load into the Baltic Sea” in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

  • Invisible problem - available sollutions


    Press conference “Rivers, springs and wells: about problems and solutions for reducing pollution of natural waters by wastewater from cities, villages, gardening communities and agriculture” was held On June 13, in INTERFAX Inform agency.

  • Interregional Seminar "Quality of natural waters in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region: how to prevent nutrient pollution to the Baltic Sea"

    Seminar "Quality of natural waters in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region: how to prevent nutrient pollution to the Baltic Sea" will be held on May, 23rd in St.Petersburg. Aim: to evaluate the nutrient pollution of natural waters in St. Petersburg and Leningrad regions and its sources, to present the case studies and successful practices from Baltic Sea region countries, consider methods and role of various stakeholders for solving the problem.

  • More than 180 participants from St.Petersburg and Leningrad region, as well as from Estonia, joined to River Narova Festival in Ivangorod

    More than 180 participants from St.Petersburg and Leningrad region, as well as from Estonia, joined to River Narova Festival in Ivangorod. Teams of schoolchildrean and teachers  took part in the event. Local citizens joined to the action.

  • Farmers of Luga region worries about utilization of animal waste

    The presentation of the brochure “How to use dung without losses for the farmer and the environment” was held on March 28 in Luga during the meeting of small farm heads of Luga district. Friends of the Baltic were invited to tell farmers about the problems of rivers pollution because of agricultural loads and good solutions for animal waste management.

  • Baltic Sea Day 2019: focus on reducing nutrient loads

    Friends of the Baltic organized the session “Ecosystem approach to River Basin Management, role of public and citizens in water conservation and climate change adaptation” in the frame of Baltic Sea Day Forum in St. Petersburg. The event was held on March 21 as a part of Round Table “Rural settlements and agricultural enterprises to water sources protection”. The session was devoted to approaches and methods for reducing nutrient loads on water bodies in Baltic Sea region. More than 85 people from Russia, Belarus, Poland, Latvia, Sweden and Finland took part in the event.

  • New partnership in Luga region

    Friends of the Baltic and Ecocentrum experts were invited to participate in kick-off seminar on new coming project "A Healthy Environment and Clean Waterways to the Blue Baltic Sea" ("Luga-Balt 2"). The event was held in Luga on March 14, 2019.

  • What should be the Baltic Sea Action Plan?

    5 March Friends of the Baltic NGO participated in the meeting in the premises of the HELCOM Secretariat in Helsinki, where environmental organizations discussed the implementation of the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), which expires in 2020. The meeting was organized by the Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB) and the Baltic Environment Forum Group (BEF).

  • Schoolchildren of St. Petersburg save energy and resources

    Schoolchildren and teachers – participants of the 20th annual regional contest "Energy and environment” know why and how to save resources and energy. On February 27, the youth conference "Climate, energy and environment" dedicated to the results of the regional contest" Energy and environment" of the 2018-2019 academic year was held at the environmental volunteer center. The competition is part of the all-Russian school project on application for resources and energy (SPARE).

  • Environmental issues of Luga region


    In the autumn of 2018, the locals of Luga region found a breach in wastewater treatment plant: waste waters flowed out towards the Luga River. In several months we decided to check that out. On 25 December, Friends of the Baltic met the locals and discussed the topical issues. Activists of Public Advisory Council of the River Luga visited sewages and found the breach; however, waste waters did not leak out. It seemed like the treatment plant was out of steam.

  • Friends of the Baltic 2018 achievements – how did we manage them? Climate action plans, new composting toilets, public river watch map

    Our friends and partners gathered on New Year’s Eve to discuss important environmental issues and outputs of last year’s projects: more than 20 public river watchers joined us, thus 27 new marks appeared on the map. Clicking on them, one will learn the river nitrate and microplastics content.

  • Shcheglovo, Kuznechnoye, Novoe Devyatkino. More than 136 settlements of Leningrad Region do not have decent wastewater treatment

    Friends of the Baltic conducted a public survey to find out how residents evaluate the work of sewage treatment plants in their region. Zhivoy Ruchey, Kuznechnoye, Shcheglovo, Yukki, Toksovo, Novoe Devyatkino, Kuzemkino villages, as well as Lomonosov and Kingisepp towns have similar challenges: bad wastewater treatment. According to our results, 5 settlements do not have sewage treatment plants at all and 4 of them have broken ones. Wastewater facilities worked inefficiently in the majority of communities of Leningrad region.

  • Development of cooperation between government, business, science, population and NGOs on the municipal and agricultural wastewater treatment

    The seminar "Development of cooperation between government, business, science, population and NGOs on municipal and agricultural wastewater treatment" brought together more than 40 participants interested in finding solutions to reduce the burden of wastewater on the environment. The focus was on the issues of wastewater treatment in cities, towns, individual houses in non-sanitized areas, as well as the effluents of large livestock complexes and small farms. Among the participants there were regional authorities, municipalities, environmentally-oriented business, scientists, wastewater treatment specialists, representatives of large and small farms, NGOs, gardeners and residents of the Leningrad region and St. Petersburg.

  • Youth environmental monitoring of the Baltic Sea basin – outcomes and plans


    On 20 October the 18th annual interregional youth conference related to environmental monitoring of rivers and the Gulf of Finland was conducted. More than 80 young researchers, teachers, scientists, and NGOs’ experts took part.

  • Schools energy advisors will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    On October 1-2, a training workshop was held in St. Petersburg for energy advisers - volunteer enthusiasts who will promote energy-efficient solutions in their educational institutions, help save energy, create school climate plans and implement solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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