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Public River Watch Network is Expanding Westwards of Leningrad Region

Friends of the Baltic held the Round table «Cooperation perspectives for environmental education to save water bodies» September 19th, 2016 in Kingisepp town. The main goal of the meeting was the discussion about public involvement and school community participation in nature protection on municipal level. The event was held in Youth Creative Development Center in Kingisepp. The teachers of natural sciences and similar areas, experienced in dissemination of environmental knowledge and children’s involvement in nature protection, have taken part in the event. Moreover, Olga Maximova, the deputy of Kingisepp urban settlement and at once director of Creative Development Center, took part in the Round table.
Kingisepp teachers shared experience of school expeditions, environmental investigations and a field work in Luga riverbasin. Methodist Tamara Chernova together with her schoolchildren had been carrying out monitoring in the lower stream and mouth of Luga river for almost 20 years.

Friends of the Baltic presented their experience of school environmental monitoring on rivers in various regions of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, and demonstrated Coalition Clean Baltic River Watch handbook. Friends of the Baltic’s River Watch network as a part of Coalition Clean Baltic’s working area , has been acting in the Gulf of Finland region for almost 20 years. The network included several tens of school groups, who had taken under observation more than 30 water bodies of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region.River Festival, as the event which draws attention to small rivers protection, is an annually important tradition. River Festival is held on different rivers of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region every year.

Friends of the Baltic in cooperation with the relevant Committees of Leningrad region Government in 2016 and in the Year of Ecology 2017 develop and run a number of educational activities in the Luga river water basin. Luga river is the only one in the Baltic Sea basin, where reproduction of wild salmon is still exists. A large number of small rivers of Luga river basin areimportant characteristic of the region, all these rivers flow into the Baltic Sea.

Friends of the Baltic and Center for Creative Development agreed that River Festival 2017 will be held on the river Luga in Kingisepp town. The main reasons were the openness of local authorities and the unique area characteristics with a natural point of view. More than 100 people - students, teachers, environmental activists, representatives of local authorities and regional authorities – will participate in the event. The important quests of the event will be Neva-Ladoga Basin Water Management Directorate and relevant committees of the Leningrad Region Government.

More information about River Festival 2017 here:
Anna Kazina, project manager, mob.8-968-191-62-81, e-mail: annkazina@gmail.com, skype: anna-ctc

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