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Training for public monitoring activists for rivers and shores research


On May 23rd training on river and shore research methods was organized in St. Petersburg by Ecocentrum and Friends of the Baltic. School environmental group leaders and volunteers were participants of the meeting.

The methodology of Coalition Clean Baltic for public observations of rivers was presented on the meeting: (http://baltfriends.ru/sites/default/files/CCB_RW_brochure_2015.pdf). The brochure presents research methods for rivers that are available to schoolchildren or civil activists. It includes methods from elementary visual observations to simple physical, chemical and biological methods. On the page http://baltfriends.ru/rw_manual there are links to Applications, included more detailed research methods are described.

The first topic of the training was study of nitrates in water bodies. The simplest methods of nitrates studying in water bodies using the express-tests was demonstrated on the meeting. Special protocol for studying for the content of nitrates was prepared, it could be used during the field season of 2017.

School groups will conduct nitrate research twice a season at the same points – in the beginning of summer (in June) and in autumn (in September). In October 2017, the annual conference on Eco-Monitoring of rivers and Gulf of Finland coast will be held, where students will be able to present the results of research and publish an article.

The second topic of the training was garbage monitoring at the Gulf of Finland сoast. A methodology has been prepared, and its testing is planned for the Gulf of Finland coast soon. Participation in monitoring macro garbage will be a point of interest to teachers who work with school teams, for activists and residents of the city, who care about the Gulf of Finland nature and its coast.
We will conduct a series of monitoring before the winter. Data will become part of the scientific base, and also give us an idea of what types of garbage prevail on our beaches and what gets into the waters of the Baltic Sea.

More information:

  • A new topic for public monitoring of nature and water bodies is microplastic. It can be found in hygiene products. Those who are interested in the topic can fill out http://goo.gl/forms/MkUFwBl1uf, which will help fill up the list of hygiene products with microplastic.
  • Presentation "About microplastics" https://vk.com/microbead?w=wall-120906667_70
  • The booklet "Microplastic is an invisible problem" (or everything you need to know about microplastic)

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