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  • Young people from Russia, Finland and Estonia turn to the citizens and leaders of the three countries with their Declaration on the Protection of the Gulf of Finland

    The year 2014 has been declared as The Gulf of Finland Year: the memorandum has been signed by the Finnish, Russian and Estonian environmental ministries. The presidents of the three countries act as patrons for the theme year. Besides scientific research, there will be a lot of educational events for a broad audience throughout the year. Friends of the Baltic coordinate the international youth cooperation for drawing up the Declaration on the Protection of the Gulf of Finland.

  • Russian “Step to Ecosupport” Project Experts Studied Green Solutions In Norway


    "Step to Ecosupport" project experts of "Friends of the Baltic" NGO get acquainted with practical green solutions that implemented in educational and municipal areas in Norway. Simple steps for proper disposal of waste in schools, kindergartens and at home, green energy for heating houses, support of ecological transport is only small part of experience that can be useful to Russian ecosupporters.

  • Young people and the natural values of the Gulf of Finland: Three Countries – Three Islands

    1 – 11.8. Friends of the Baltic organized a youth educational trip to Estonia, Finland and Russia. The tour was part of the seminars under the title “Three Countries – Three Islands”. Young people from the three countries stayed at the islands of Aegna (Estonia), Suomenlinna (Finland) and Krestovsky (Russia). During the trip, the young acquainted themselves with the natural values of the shores and islands of the Gulf of Finland, learned, what environmental threats the gulf is facing and heard also about the practical measures to protect it. Experts from the three countries held seminars on the islands, concentrating on the problems of eutrophication, biodiversity, sea transport, fishery, etc.

  • Youth Declaration on the Protection of the Gulf of Finland prepared at an international camp

    The international Russian-Finnish-Estonian youth camp preparing the Youth Declaration on the Protection of the Gulf of Finland ended on July 27th. Friends of the Baltic was one of the organizers. Russian participants returned to St. Petersburg with the Declaration that reflects the young people’s thoughts about how the regions around the Gulf of Finland should be developed, and how the gulf’s ecological condition could be improved. The document will be presented on September 19th at the international Festival of the Gulf of Finland at the Tavricheskiy Palace.

  • The Gulf of Finland Year as an instrument of building an environmentally friendly culture in St. Petersburg

    On June 26th, Friends of the Baltic took part in a panel discussion “The role of nature protection organizations and thematic programs in creating environmentally friendly culture in Russia” that was held in the conference of the Council of Journalists. Olga Senova, Council chair of Friends of the Baltic, told about the different educational events dedicated to the Gulf of Finland Year 2014 and about their influence on the ecological culture of the young people living in St. Petersburg.

  • Ecosupport: Experience Exchange Between Russia and Finland in the Field of Energy Audit in Educational Institutions

    In the framework of Ecosupport project “Friends of the Baltic” (coordinators in S. Petersburg) hosted the group of experts on energy efficiency from the Kymenlaakso University of applied Sciences. The group visited two educational institutions and selected pilot institution for a full energy audit in the autumn’14 with the participation of Finnish experts and students, and taking into account the experience of energy saving approaches in both countries.

  • S.Petersburg Ecosupporters Meet Lahti Green Solutions Experience

    9-11 June, “Kosmos” ltd and "Friends of the Baltic” NGO has organized a training seminar for ecosupporters from S.Petersburg (teachers, experts of commercial and state organizations) to Lahti, where the participants got acquainted with environmental solutions introduced in the city. Urban environmental Council presented a comprehensive program for reducing greenhouse gases in 2 times by 2016. Participants of the visit saw the latest development of geothermal pumps, and Pyat Huaman company showed how one bag of waste is converted into electricity, enough to 800 hours of energy saving light bulb work.

  • Best outdoor practices for Ecosupporters in Kotka

    Authors: Shauro Tatiana, Olga Senova
    Center for Continuing Education of Palmenia held an international seminar in frames of the Gulf of Finland Year to Ecosupporters from Finland, Estonia and Russia. The seminar was held in the town of Kotka (Finland) from 10 to 11 June 2014 and was dedicated to the outdoor education best practices and mobile applications introduction to the educational process.

  • River Festival by the Kamenka during the “Gulf of Finland year”

    On may 17th, on the shore of the canal that connects the rivers Kamenka and Glukharka in the Yuntolovskiy zakaznik, took place the tenth youth River Festival. Friends of the Baltic and our cooperation partners participate in the festival every year near different rivers of Saint Peterburg within the framework of the program “River Watch”. This year, twenty-two groups of schoolchildren from the city and its surroundings took part in the event.

  • Youth Creativity For The Gulf Of Finland Year

    14 of May, the Festival of school environmental installations devoted to The Gulf of Finland Year was held in “Vodocanal”. School projects on issue of Gulf of Finland problems and their solution were presented by the students of 7-10 grades. The representative of the environmental organization “Friends of the Baltic" took part in the jury and awarded the participants with special prizes for research approach to the practical solutions.

  • Youth Declaration to the Gulf of Finland – the Start

    On the Earth Day 22nd of April in the Ecology and Biology Centre “Krestovskiy Island” youth seminar to elaborate proposals to the International Youth Declaration to the Gulf of Finland Year. Russian national team was selected to participate in the trilateral youth camp, which will be held in Helsinki on the Harakka Island during 25-27 June 2014.

  • Climate Change – risks and opportunities

    Authors: Shauro T., Senova O.
    The press conference "Climate Change - new risks and potential possibilities" was held in St. Petersburg INTERFAX agency on the April 7th. The experts presented their comments to the 2nd part of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report was submitted in Yokohama, 31st of March 2014. The world's leading climate scientists said to the governments that our society is not prepared for life in the face of rising risks related to the climate change. Now is a time for urgent actions.

  • School ecosupporters: green wave in Saint-Petersburg

    School ecosupporters who completed international project «Step to Ecosupport» training, organized by «Friends of the Baltic» NGO, presented on 18 March in St. Petersburg the first implementation results of environmental decisions in schools. Experience exchange seminar held within Academy of postgraduate pedagogical education conference «Environmental education for the Gulf of Finland Year»

  • At the XV International Forum "Baltic Sea Days" Friends of the Baltic NGO have presented educational Program of the Gulf of Finland Year 2014, and Coalition Clean Baltic proposals on reducing nutrient load to the water bodies

    Author: Senova olga
    St. Petersburg Vodokanal and Friends of the Baltic NGO in cooperation with SYKE Environmental Institute of Helsinki have organized the Round table “Environmental education to the Gulf of Finland Year” within the Baltic Sea Day Forum. In the focus of the roundtable were methods of education addressed to solve urgent problems of the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland.

  • Public prize "Trust" and the symbol of Coalition Clean Baltic given to journalist Vladimir Gryaznevich

    In the beginning of 2014 correspondent of radio «Echo of Moscow» in St Petersburg and editor of Information Agency RBC Vladimir Gryaznevich received the public prize "Trust", and the symbol of Coalition Clean Baltic for fair and honest publications on vexed problems related to nature conservation.

  • The Gulf of Finland Year: kick-off


    21 of January the trilateral Finland-Russia-Estonian Forum in Helsinki has ceremonially opened the Gulf of Finland Year 2014. This year actions should promote common solu-tions of Finland, Russia and Estonia improving environmental state of the Gulf and the Baltic Sea. The important part of the GOF Year program is set of educational activities. Friends of the Baltic in cooperation with NGOs and educational institutions of three coun-tries organize preparing the Youth Declaration to the Gulf of Finland Year

  • The Results of the Environment Protection Year in Saint-Petersburg - things are going, problems remain

    Press conference “The Results of the Environment Protection Year of Saint-Petersburg Committee for Nature Use, Environmental Protection and Ecological Safety and plans on 2014” was held on January, 16. One of the main problems was the absence of sewage cleaning of 40% industrial enterprise and illegal dumps of waste products. People are worried about stopping separate waste collection in the city and absence of public awareness outreach for reducing the income of phosphates to the sewage.

  • Man on the Coast. How to combine people needs and the coastal nature conservation?

    International seminar "Man on the Coast" in the end of October in St. Petersburg was organized by "Friends of the Baltic" NGO with the support of Nordic Council of Ministers, and in cooperation with Ecologo-Biological center "Krestovskiy Island". The main theme of the seminar was experience exchange in nature education and sustainable solutions to preserve the unique coastal ecosystems - in the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries and Northwest Russia.

  • Training For School Ecosupporters: Steps For Greener Schools

    On October 24-25 St. Petersburg hosted the first training seminar for teachers «Ecosupporters in educational institutions» in the framework of Russian-Finnish project «Step to Ecosupport» within the ENPI South-East Finland- Russia Program. The training gathered about 50 participants - future ecosupporters, who will inform students and staff, support the practical implementation of the «green» solutions in all areas of school life.

  • Educational City Tour For Green Solutions In St.Petersburg

    In the middle of October in the center of St. Petersburg residents had an opportunity to make journey to the unique ecological route, where they were acquainted with energy efficient solutions for apartments, houses and offices, with examples of green solutions for urban courtyards, ways of saving resources and reducing waste, with the rules of selection goods and services, for not to hurt yourself and nature.

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