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International Environmental Camp on Karelian Isthmus — Local Solutions for Baltic Region Nature Conservation

7.JPGAugust 20-26: Friends of the Baltic together with Luonto-Liitto and St.Petersburg ITMO university held a camp-workshop that brought together young environmental activists from Finland, Estonia and Russia. The young people discussed local solutions that help save the nature of the Baltic region. They prepared specific proposals for the camp and its surroundings that dealt with its waste managment, energy saving, environmental education of visitors and camp staff.

The camp aimed at supporting and further developping the interaction of North-Western Russian, Estonian and Finnish NGOs with youth/student leaders and environmental volunteers in order to promote environmentally friendly solutions that help us conserve the Baltic region environment. All of the camp participants already had a significant experience of participation in miscellaneous environmental projects, which were presented to everybody by means of master classes and discussions.

9_0.JPGFor instance, as part of water-related research a Finnish colleague took and studied a number of samples from Berestovoe lake, situated next to the camp. The water is very clean and is in need of protection, thus the participants didn't use any detergents while bathing in the lake and advised all other camp visitors against this polluting practice. Alternatively, everyone was asked to use specially designated places for washing equipped with a grey water filtering system. Furthermore, the participants proposed an advanced wastewater treatment system that uses natural filters.

On August the 22nd everybody got involved in a cleaning action organized jointly with NoMOreWaste public movement. The lake is situated in a protected area, but countless visitors leave their trash on its shores, regardless. The participants collected the waste, which was sorted and then sent to a recycling facility.

14.JPGHelping the Baltic can be done by saving energy - thus minimizing the amount of fuel incineration products that are emitted into the atmosphere and end up in the waters of the Baltic causing its acidification and eutrophication. A participant from Estonia presented a master class where he showed the way to make small energy generators out of municipal waste. It appeared that even comics and stenciling can be directly related to the Baltic Sea protection - while comics may be used as the means to draw public attention to current environmental issues, with the help of the latter it is possible to give new life to t-shirts and bags, painting on them with natural homemade dyes.

This was the 5th camp organized by Friends of the Baltic with different partnerships. This kind of camps are expected to be held every summer in different parts of the Baltic region.

10.JPGFor more info please contact:

Friends of the Baltic www.baltfriends.ru
Olga Senova (head): +7 921 9117986
Ekaterina Uspenskaya (project coordinator): +7 (812) 600-42-11

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