• More than 180 participants from St.Petersburg and Leningrad region, as well as from Estonia, joined to River Narova Festival in Ivangorod

    More than 180 participants from St.Petersburg and Leningrad region, as well as from Estonia, joined to River Narova Festival in Ivangorod. Teams of schoolchildrean and teachers  took part in the event. Local citizens joined to the action.

  • Farmers of Luga region worries about utilization of animal waste

    The presentation of the brochure “How to use dung without losses for the farmer and the environment” was held on March 28 in Luga during the meeting of small farm heads of Luga district. Friends of the Baltic were invited to tell farmers about the problems of rivers pollution because of agricultural loads and good solutions for animal waste management.

  • Baltic Sea Day 2019: focus on reducing nutrient loads

    Friends of the Baltic organized the session “Ecosystem approach to River Basin Management, role of public and citizens in water conservation and climate change adaptation” in the frame of Baltic Sea Day Forum in St. Petersburg. The event was held on March 21 as a part of Round Table “Rural settlements and agricultural enterprises to water sources protection”. The session was devoted to approaches and methods for reducing nutrient loads on water bodies in Baltic Sea region. More than 85 people from Russia, Belarus, Poland, Latvia, Sweden and Finland took part in the event.

  • New partnership in Luga region

    Friends of the Baltic and Ecocentrum experts were invited to participate in kick-off seminar on new coming project "A Healthy Environment and Clean Waterways to the Blue Baltic Sea" ("Luga-Balt 2"). The event was held in Luga on March 14, 2019.

  • What should be the Baltic Sea Action Plan?

    5 March Friends of the Baltic NGO participated in the meeting in the premises of the HELCOM Secretariat in Helsinki, where environmental organizations discussed the implementation of the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), which expires in 2020. The meeting was organized by the Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB) and the Baltic Environment Forum Group (BEF).

  • Schoolchildren of St. Petersburg save energy and resources

    Schoolchildren and teachers – participants of the 20th annual regional contest "Energy and environment” know why and how to save resources and energy. On February 27, the youth conference "Climate, energy and environment" dedicated to the results of the regional contest" Energy and environment" of the 2018-2019 academic year was held at the environmental volunteer center. The competition is part of the all-Russian school project on application for resources and energy (SPARE).

  • Environmental issues of Luga region

    In the autumn of 2018, the locals of Luga region found a breach in wastewater treatment plant: waste waters flowed out towards the Luga River. In several months we decided to check that out. On 25 December, Friends of the Baltic met the locals and discussed the topical issues. Activists of Public Advisory Council of the River Luga visited sewages and found the breach; however, waste waters did not leak out. It seemed like the treatment plant was out of steam.

  • Friends of the Baltic 2018 achievements – how did we manage them? Climate action plans, new composting toilets, public river watch map

    Our friends and partners gathered on New Year’s Eve to discuss important environmental issues and outputs of last year’s projects: more than 20 public river watchers joined us, thus 27 new marks appeared on the map. Clicking on them, one will learn the river nitrate and microplastics content.

  • Shcheglovo, Kuznechnoye, Novoe Devyatkino. More than 136 settlements of Leningrad Region do not have decent wastewater treatment

    Friends of the Baltic conducted a public survey to find out how residents evaluate the work of sewage treatment plants in their region. Zhivoy Ruchey, Kuznechnoye, Shcheglovo, Yukki, Toksovo, Novoe Devyatkino, Kuzemkino villages, as well as Lomonosov and Kingisepp towns have similar challenges: bad wastewater treatment. According to our results, 5 settlements do not have sewage treatment plants at all and 4 of them have broken ones. Wastewater facilities worked inefficiently in the majority of communities of Leningrad region.

  • Development of cooperation between government, business, science, population and NGOs on the municipal and agricultural wastewater treatment

    The seminar "Development of cooperation between government, business, science, population and NGOs on municipal and agricultural wastewater treatment" brought together more than 40 participants interested in finding solutions to reduce the burden of wastewater on the environment. The focus was on the issues of wastewater treatment in cities, towns, individual houses in non-sanitized areas, as well as the effluents of large livestock complexes and small farms. Among the participants there were regional authorities, municipalities, environmentally-oriented business, scientists, wastewater treatment specialists, representatives of large and small farms, NGOs, gardeners and residents of the Leningrad region and St. Petersburg.

  • Youth environmental monitoring of the Baltic Sea basin – outcomes and plans

    On 20 October the 18th annual interregional youth conference related to environmental monitoring of rivers and the Gulf of Finland was conducted. More than 80 young researchers, teachers, scientists, and NGOs’ experts took part.

  • Schools energy advisors will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    On October 1-2, a training workshop was held in St. Petersburg for energy advisers - volunteer enthusiasts who will promote energy-efficient solutions in their educational institutions, help save energy, create school climate plans and implement solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • School Project for Application of Resources and Energy engages new participants

    Friends of the Baltic continues activities within the Days of energy saving in St. Petersburg, which is in case from September 15 to the end of October as a part of the all-Russian festival of energy saving #VMESTEYARCHE2018.

    On September 25th, the Open Doors Day was held at the Ecocentrum exhibition of the Friends of the Baltic NGO, and on September 28th, a seminar was held for teachers to create climate plans for schools. At all events within the framework of the Festival, we introduce Al-Russian School Project for Application of Resources and Energy to the participants.

  • Everybody can help to save Nature and Climate! Training "Cooperation for Nature and Climate" on September 19 told about the methods

    Training-seminar on Cooperation for Nature and Climate was held in St. Petersburg on September 19. Friends of the Baltic and Ecocentrum organized the event. Participants were teachers, activists of non-governmental organizations and partners from scientific organizations and high school.

  • Energy saving starts with you

    On September 15th, Friends of the Baltic took part at the all-Russian festival of energy saving #VmesteYarche-2018. The festival took place in the center of St. Petersburg on the spit of Vasilievsky Island near the famous Rostral columns. We organized an interactive platform for all visitors from children to adults and senior citizens. Everyone showed a great interest in energy suitcase, the "Energy efficient building" exhibition and materials of the SPARE project*. We answered some tricky questions and talked about the available ways of energy saving.

  • The fourth demonstration complex "Ecological dry toilet with composting of waste" was opened in Leningrad region

    The fourth demonstration complex "Ecological dry toilet with composting of waste" was opened on 2018, August 28th. The toilet installed in Stavotino village, Luga district, Leningrad region, located on Saba river - confluent of Luga river.

  • Farmers and scientists cooperate to discuss the rules for manure utilization in Gatchina district

    ANEO "Friends of the Baltic" and Ecocentrum organized the acquaintance of the owner of Golden Horseshoe ranch and experts from the Institute for Engineering and Environmental Problems in Agricultural Production (IEEP). The meeting was held on August 29th, 2018.

  • Microplastics on the summer international school "Our common Baltic»

    Friends of the Baltic expert shared experience in the microplastics research with colleagues from various Baltic Sea countries.

  • Experts of ANEO "Friends of the Baltic" and Ecocentrum presented the NGO's view on reducing the nutrient load on water objects of Leningrad Region at the international exhibition Agrorus.

    Specialists of ANEO "Friends of the Baltic" and Ecocentrum initiated discussion of reducing the nutrient load on water bodies from agriculture and toilet waste at the Agrorus exhibitionon on August 22, 2018.

  • Friends of the Baltic held an info-station on the Baltic Sea environment and microplastic in the framework of VIII Oranienbaum Marine Festival

    The event’s agenda consisted from 3 main areas. Sporting part included the “Orange Race” yachting regatta. Business part included conferences. The entertainment part included a variety of concerts, show programs and master classes, including an environmental creativity zone, where Friends of Baltic were organizers of one of the information and education stations.

    The event took place in Oranienbaum, where a sand mound on the site of the intended port "Yantar" appeared several years ago.

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