• 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.

  • Start of the allrussian energy efficiency campaign in St. Petersburg

    Authors: O. Senova, D. Mytareva
    On 21th of September the allrussian campaign «Energy efficiency - the largest, cleanest and cheapest source of energy in Russia» was launched in St. Petersburg within frameworks of the days of Europe. Friends of the Baltic - Russian SPARE-coordinator and Climate Secretariat of the Russian Socio-ecological Union presented the exhibition «Simple lessons of energy efficiency» that showed how each of us can save energy, resources, and the family budget.

  • Sea festival 2013 on the shore of the Gulf of Finland

    Author: Nadezhda Bystrova

    On the 24th of August in the town of Lomonosov, «Oranienbaum sea festival and environmental exhibition «Friends of the Baltic» was held the third time. The main objective was positioning Lomonosov (Oranienbaum) as a seaside city, increase awareness on protection of ecosystems of the Gulf of Finland, and encourage the development of yachting.

  • August, 17 the international bike campaign ”RACE FOR THE BALTIC” has finished in Copenhagen.

    The international bike campaign ”RACE FOR THE BALTIC” has finished in Dеnmark this Saturday. Cyclists have ridden more than 3500 km along the Baltic Sea coast in 9 countries. Friends of the Baltic & Green World NGOs has performed Russian part of the campaign along the Gulf of Finland shores June 29 – July 10th.

  • No Access to the Water!

    Author: Junna Maltseva.
    July, 6th Russian “Friends of the Baltic” team of Race for the Baltic moved from St.Petersburg to the West along the Southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. During this day we found out that to find the access to the shoreline can be a challenging quest even if you are living just near the coast.

  • Central Event of the Russian Part of the Campaign: Meeting at St.Petersburg Legislative Assembly and Round Table at Vodokanal.

    Author: Junna Maltseva.
    July 4th participants of the campaign cycled through St. Petersburg and had a meeting with the City Planning Commission deputy Irina Komolova and representatives of the Legislative Assembly Commission on ecology of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region. A round table "Ecological Approaches to the wastewater treatment for small communities and individual houses" was held at Vodokanal of St Petersburg.

  • Northern shore of the Gulf of Finland: eutrophication, local eco-groups and perspectives for protected areas on the coast.

    Author: Junna Maltseva.
    July 3rd Friends of the Baltic team cycled along the Northern coast of the Gulf of Finland in Kurortny district of St.Petersburg. We held an informational campaign and gathered residents’ signatures under the petition for the protection of the Baltic Sea in Zelenogorsk town park and on the beach in Solnechnoe village. A group of students, members of Sestroretsk cycling club “Sportstyle” (high school #324) and their teachers joined us that day.

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