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  • 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.

  • Gardener’s summer holiday in "Fauna" gardening community - eco-toilet in the spotlight!

    Gardener’s summer holiday named "Melody of the summer" was organized on July 7, 2018 in "Fauna" gardening community, located in Lomonosov district of the Leningrad region. More than 40 gardeners gathered on the area of the Fauna community Board, where a demonstration complex "Ecotoilet with composting waste" was installed.

  • Green tour in the center of St.Petersburg


    «Sennoy Okrug» municipality held a cycle of environmental events for residents, in July 2018, located in the center of St. Petersburg. The Green tour was the key event of this series of events. Experts of Friends of the Baltic NGO, a long-time partner of the municipality, organized a lecture in educational exhibition Ecocentrum, about the ecological situation in the city and the choice of green solutions to reduce the negative impact of people to nature. They also told about the environmental aspects of the city environment: city transport, landscape ponds in city, as well as rivers and canals.

  • Wastewater treatment in rural areas: solutions available to everyone

    On June 17, a complex event combining social and environmental projects was held at the ranch "Golden Horseshoe" in Gatchina district of the Leningrad region - the festival of equal opportunities, a seminar on sewage treatment and the opening of a new demonstration dry toilet available for people with disabilities.

    Seminar "Environmentally friendly ways of wastewater treatment for small settlements and gardening communities: practical experience" was organized by Ecocentrum Ltd with the support of the Coalition Clean Baltic with participation of the Friends of the Baltic NGO, the Regional Center for Youth Policy of the Leningrad Region Delami.Ru, company Biolan, Biodinamic NGO.

    This seminar continued the topic started at the first thematic seminar in November 2017. The first seminar was dedicated to the overall discussion of solutions for the treatment of small settlements and individual houses wastewater in the non-canalized areas of the Leningrad Region and the suburbs of St. Petersburg and ways to solve it. During the seminar on June 17, an educational and practical block was organized, which enabled participants to get practically acquainted with the main methods of wastewater treatment in rural areas.

  • Citizens of Zelenogorsk found out why the marine plastic litter is a big problem


    Members of the public environmental organization "Friends of the Baltic" at the environmental forum "Ant wave-2018" on the North shore of the Gulf of Finland told local residents about environmental consequences of the marine litter, especially plastic. Publications on microplastic and environmentally friendly lifestyle was given to the library of Zelenogorsk town and local inhabitants. The participants of the workshop devoted to the reduction of plastic waste on the individual level and the whole family learned how to determine the plastic marking, recognize about what plastic is suitable for food, how separate waste collection works, and why microplastic is a big problem.

  • "Barefoot on the beach" - environmental event on the Gulf of Finland shore


    An environmental action "Barefoot on the beach" was held on June 13, on the beach of the Gulf of Finland in the village of Bolshaya Izhora. The staff of "The Regional center of culture and youth initiatives", the employees of youth labor brigades, volunteers of the VOLUNTEER-LR movement were both cleaned coastal areas, and learned to carry out monitoring of marine litter by international methodology http://baltfriends.ru/eng_rw_manual under the guidance of the Ecocentrum and Friends of the Baltic experts.

  • Plastic free ocean – cleaning up the coast and monitoring of marine litter on the Kotlin island


    Ecocentrum and Friends of the Baltic together with the employees of the Fertoing and Mordraga companies on June 9 held a clean-up on the beach of the Kronshtadt municipality on the Kotlin island in the Gulf of Finland, and conducted monitoring of marine macro-litter on the coast.

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