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VI FESTIVAL OF YOUTH PROJECT AND INITIATIVES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

April 18, 2008 in St.Petersburg Centre for Environmental Safety the Youth Festival was held by Friends of the Baltic NGO, LATEAM group of St.Petersburg State University, Nature School Island and Russian Hydro Meteorology University.

At the Festival schoolchildren and university students presented their projects aimed to find decisions on how to reduce negative impact to nature from industry and alternative environmentally friendly scenarios for economical development.

Students of St.Petersburg State University and Russian State Hydrometeorological University suggest a number of projects for development of environmental tourism, including rural tourism. These projects propose creation of bicycle and pedestrian routes, development of rural guest houses and construction of mini-hotels that will follow the environmentally friendly principles, such as use of local natural materials, separate collection and recycling of household waste, minimal use of motor transport, effective use of energy and resources. These projects offer local people to take part in tourist business as they are the keepers of local traditions. Also it is suggested to restore rivers in the tourist zones and develop environmentally balanced micro-scale fishing for tourists.

Students performed the project on establishing nature protected area Ingermanland Nature Reserve, which should include islands of the Gulf of Finland (Gogland, Big and Small Tutors and others). The North-European Gas Pipeline is going to be built up close to these islands and the status of protected area could keep the balance of natural and technogenic development and protect those unique nature objects.

Pupils from the Youth Environmental Tourist Center “South Shore” (Lomonosov) and school №436 suggest simple rules of environmentally friendly behavior of tourists in the coastal resort zones.

The school project from Primorsk tells about the possibilities of sea-side protection in conditions of the Baltic Oil Pipeline influence.

The project from Sosnovy Bor offers a few solutions on how to reduce the thermal pollutions Leningrad Nuclear Power Station to the Gulf ecosystem. There is a device designed to decrease temperature of cooling waters and utilize the heat for the city energy supply.

Schoolchildren from the school 389 (St.Petersburg) consider some ways to reduce the influence of surface-active substances (SAS) contained in washing powders and some industrial liquid waste on water ecosystems. These ways include using of detergents without exceeding the dozes marked by producers for not to overload the treatment plants of the megapolis; consumer choice of products with low SAS content.
Within the Festival the Regional Competition “Energy and Environment” was held as a stage of the international competition of SPARE (School Project for Application of Resources and Energy).
These were among the best:

  • Project on energy supply of Pesochnoye settlement (North shore of the Giulf of Finland) with the wind energy.
  • Producing biogas from organic waste in green-house system of school 389.
  • Producing energy on the dam complex using water power of Neva river (waves, flood).
  • Projects on energy saving and effective energy use at schools: 430 (Lomonosov), 466 (Pesochny), 137, 586, 395, 389 (Saint-Petersburg).

All those projects are aimed to replace the energy received from burning the fossil fuel. This will help to reduce green house gas emission and decrease human impact to climate change.

For more information please contact NGO “Friends of the Baltic”:
www.baltfriends.ru, www.spareworld.org
Tel.: 3156622, 9117986, olga-senova@yandex.ru, e-climate@yandex.ru

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