• The fourth demonstration complex "Ecological dry toilet with composting of waste" was opened in Leningrad region

    The fourth demonstration complex "Ecological dry toilet with composting of waste" was opened on 2018, August 28th. The toilet installed in Stavotino village, Luga district, Leningrad region, located on Saba river - confluent of Luga river.

  • Farmers and scientists cooperate to discuss the rules for manure utilization in Gatchina district

    ANEO "Friends of the Baltic" and Ecocentrum organized the acquaintance of the owner of Golden Horseshoe ranch and experts from the Institute for Engineering and Environmental Problems in Agricultural Production (IEEP). The meeting was held on August 29th, 2018.

  • Microplastics on the summer international school "Our common Baltic»

    Friends of the Baltic expert shared experience in the microplastics research with colleagues from various Baltic Sea countries.

  • Experts of ANEO "Friends of the Baltic" and Ecocentrum presented the NGO's view on reducing the nutrient load on water objects of Leningrad Region at the international exhibition Agrorus.

    Specialists of ANEO "Friends of the Baltic" and Ecocentrum initiated discussion of reducing the nutrient load on water bodies from agriculture and toilet waste at the Agrorus exhibitionon on August 22, 2018.

  • Friends of the Baltic held an info-station on the Baltic Sea environment and microplastic in the framework of VIII Oranienbaum Marine Festival

    The event’s agenda consisted from 3 main areas. Sporting part included the “Orange Race” yachting regatta. Business part included conferences. The entertainment part included a variety of concerts, show programs and master classes, including an environmental creativity zone, where Friends of Baltic were organizers of one of the information and education stations.

    The event took place in Oranienbaum, where a sand mound on the site of the intended port "Yantar" appeared several years ago.

  • Gardener’s summer holiday in "Fauna" gardening community - eco-toilet in the spotlight!

    Gardener’s summer holiday named "Melody of the summer" was organized on July 7, 2018 in "Fauna" gardening community, located in Lomonosov district of the Leningrad region. More than 40 gardeners gathered on the area of the Fauna community Board, where a demonstration complex "Ecotoilet with composting waste" was installed.

  • Green tour in the center of St.Petersburg

    «Sennoy Okrug» municipality held a cycle of environmental events for residents, in July 2018, located in the center of St. Petersburg. The Green tour was the key event of this series of events. Experts of Friends of the Baltic NGO, a long-time partner of the municipality, organized a lecture in educational exhibition Ecocentrum, about the ecological situation in the city and the choice of green solutions to reduce the negative impact of people to nature. They also told about the environmental aspects of the city environment: city transport, landscape ponds in city, as well as rivers and canals.

  • Wastewater treatment in rural areas: solutions available to everyone

    On June 17, a complex event combining social and environmental projects was held at the ranch "Golden Horseshoe" in Gatchina district of the Leningrad region - the festival of equal opportunities, a seminar on sewage treatment and the opening of a new demonstration dry toilet available for people with disabilities.

    Seminar "Environmentally friendly ways of wastewater treatment for small settlements and gardening communities: practical experience" was organized by Ecocentrum Ltd with the support of the Coalition Clean Baltic with participation of the Friends of the Baltic NGO, the Regional Center for Youth Policy of the Leningrad Region Delami.Ru, company Biolan, Biodinamic NGO.

    This seminar continued the topic started at the first thematic seminar in November 2017. The first seminar was dedicated to the overall discussion of solutions for the treatment of small settlements and individual houses wastewater in the non-canalized areas of the Leningrad Region and the suburbs of St. Petersburg and ways to solve it. During the seminar on June 17, an educational and practical block was organized, which enabled participants to get practically acquainted with the main methods of wastewater treatment in rural areas.

  • Citizens of Zelenogorsk found out why the marine plastic litter is a big problem

    Members of the public environmental organization "Friends of the Baltic" at the environmental forum "Ant wave-2018" on the North shore of the Gulf of Finland told local residents about environmental consequences of the marine litter, especially plastic. Publications on microplastic and environmentally friendly lifestyle was given to the library of Zelenogorsk town and local inhabitants. The participants of the workshop devoted to the reduction of plastic waste on the individual level and the whole family learned how to determine the plastic marking, recognize about what plastic is suitable for food, how separate waste collection works, and why microplastic is a big problem.

  • "Barefoot on the beach" - environmental event on the Gulf of Finland shore

    An environmental action "Barefoot on the beach" was held on June 13, on the beach of the Gulf of Finland in the village of Bolshaya Izhora. The staff of "The Regional center of culture and youth initiatives", the employees of youth labor brigades, volunteers of the VOLUNTEER-LR movement were both cleaned coastal areas, and learned to carry out monitoring of marine litter by international methodology under the guidance of the Ecocentrum and Friends of the Baltic experts.

  • Plastic free ocean – cleaning up the coast and monitoring of marine litter on the Kotlin island

    Ecocentrum and Friends of the Baltic together with the employees of the Fertoing and Mordraga companies on June 9 held a clean-up on the beach of the Kronshtadt municipality on the Kotlin island in the Gulf of Finland, and conducted monitoring of marine macro-litter on the coast.

  • Observations of water bodies in the Luzhsky District: The results of public observations and a seminar on the problems of natural water quality in the Luga River basin.

    On the 4 of June, 2018 in the city of Luga, the representatives of the Public Consultative Council of the Luga Basin, heads of local settlements, educational and public organizations, as well as representatives of the media and fishing clubs took part at the Round Table "Quality of Natural Waters in the Luga River Basin: Public Participation in the Identification and solving water problems ". Within were discussed the framework of the event, the main environmental problems in the river basin, and were conducted field trips to study water quality in the water bodies of the Luga region. The organizers of the event were the «Ecocentrum» and «Friends of the Baltic» in the framework of the Barents-Baltic program "Nature and Man".

  • New demonstration dry toilet and a demonstration site for the disposal of manure will be established at the ranch "Golden horseshoe" in the Gatchina district of the Leningrad region

    May 22 experts of Ecocentrum Ltd together with Friends of the Baltic NGO has visited the ranch "Golden horseshoe" in the village Chernovo of Gatchina district and examined the contents of nitrates in nearby springs and wells.

    The place for demonstration of ecological approaches to wastewater and farm waste treatment is chosen specially. The environmental issues and ideas of greening of household are very close to the owner of the ranch Svetlana Volnitckaya. Svetlana and her family conduct different activities - farming, agricultural tourism, keeping of animals rescued from death – they have a zoo with more than 20 species. In addition, Svetlana is engaged in social projects (hippotherapy for children with disabilities), develops social entrepreneurship in the Gatchina district (the first charity shop in the Leningrad region was created by her hands). Svetlana has the aim of development of organic farming. The ranch is also a venue for festivals and meetings with leaders of other social and environmental projects. 100-200 people a day gather on the events.

  • Public research of microplastics in water bodies - training for teachers and exchange of experience

    The training on selection and analysis of microplastic samples taken from natural waters took place in the St. Petersburg on the 7 of May. It was held by the experts of Ecocentrum Ltd, non-governmental organization "Friends of the Baltic" and the Research Limnology Institute of Lymnology of Russian Academy of Science. Educators from schools and universities, public activists and scientists shared their experience of water research and the results of testing methods of marine litter and microplastics investigations.

  • Eco-activists and experts from science, business and state bodies discussed how to deal with plastic in nature waters

    The seminar "Marine litter is our problem" brought together experts from different areas interested in solving the problems of marine litter and microplastics pollution of water bodies in the Baltic region. What is marine litter and what it consist of? What is microplastics and how much does it get into the Baltic sea every year? What measures are being taken to reduce marine debris at the Federal and international level? How does the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle system work with the government, business and society? These and some other issues were discussed by experts and participants at the seminar "Marine litter is our problem. The search for solutions to minimize plastic pollution of water bodies"

  • More Baltic, Less Plastic project was presented at the educational regional round table in St.Petersburg

    The round-table "Planning and implementation of measures for environmental education of the population of St. Petersburg" was organized by the Committee for nature use, environmental conservation and ecological safety of St. Petersburg City Government in the center of import substitution and localization of St. Petersburg. The round-table was attended by representatives of public environmental organizations and projects: Friends of the Baltic, ECA, Clean games, Environmental Union and public organizations, which promote separate collection and ecofriendly lifestyle etc., as well as representatives of the business community.

  • Luga River Festival was held in 2018 in the village Tolmachevo in Luga district of Leningrad region

    The Luga River Festival gathered together more than 100 people. It was held on May 19 in the village Tolmachevo in Luga district of Leningrad region. Students and teachers, environmentalists, scientists in different disciplines, organizations, authorities, media and NGOs were the guests of the Festival.

  • At the "Clean Coast" regional action, young people learned about climate change, energy efficiency and microplastics in the seas and oceans

    On May 12, the "Sea-Climate-Energy" and "Microplastic" information stations launched "Friends of the Baltic" as part of the fifth international environmental campaign "Clean Coast".
    The action took place on the Tarhovka beach in the Kurortny district of the city on the northern shore of the Gulf of Finland. It was devoted to improving the ecological state of the coast of the Gulf of Finland, the formation of ecological awareness of the younger generation and the active population of the city, as well as the development of environmental volunteer movement in the field of environmental protection.

  • «Manure tour» – experience exchange among farmers from Russia, Finland and Estonia

    How to use farming waste to develop agriculture and at the same time to avoid pollution of rivers and seas? Ecocentrum Ltd and Friends of the Baltic NGO with support of Coalition Clean Baltic held an educational trip to Estonia and Finland on April 12-16, 2018. The aim of event is experience exchange among farmers from tree countries (Russia, Estonia, Finland) on waste management.

  • The river basin: water, climate and human impact. Training on methods of investigation of water objects.

    Leaders of school ecological groups, schoolchildren, as well as students, active citizens, interested in River watch, were participants of the training. 30 participants from St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, including Luga River basin, visited the training. Experts of the Neva-Ladoga Basin Water Directorate, Institute of Limnology of the Russian Academy of Science, representatives of the library association of Kurortny district of St.Petersburg, public organizations «Separate waste in Gatchina» and «Kolibri v KADRe» took part in the event.

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