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Press-release 05/2008

International project “Building capacity of Russian and Baltic NGOs on consumers’ education”

The workshop on Cooperation of NGOs in the field of consumers’ awareness rising on chemicals in daily goods was the final event of the project. It was held in Latvia on March 5-6, 2008.

More than 50 participants from Russia and the Baltic countries representing NGOs, governmental bodies, medical institutions and educational establishments came together in Sigulda to share their experience, discuss the project results and find the ways of further cooperation.

The main aim of the workshop hosted by the project coordinator BEF-Latvia was to transfer experiences from Nordic countries to wider group of NGOs in the field of consumers’ educating and awareness raising in Russia and the Baltic States and to promote cooperation among them.

The representatives of project partner NGOs and invited experts gave detailed presentations on the state-of-the-art in the field of consumers’ rights protection; on legislation in force in EU and in Russia, regulating use of chemicals in cosmetics, household chemical products and construction products; on the best practices of the Danish Consumer Council NGO and Latvian mass media in the field of consumer awareness raising; the experience of “Keep St.-Petersburg Tidy” NGO in cooperation with educational establishments; and on the grant programs available for NGO public awareness raising activities.

The participants got a chance to discuss in national and international groups the role of NGOs in consumers’ education and protection their rights and also to find the ways of further cooperation.

At the end of the workshop all participants expressed their opinion about the event through filling in the evaluation forms prepared beforehand by the project coordinator.

After the workshop the final project partners meeting was held on March 7, 2008. It was aimed at evaluation of the project results, discussing the forms of reporting and deadlines as well as at planning the next joint project.

For more information please contact: olgamadison@yahoo.com

Press-release 04/2008

International project “Building capacity of Russian and Baltic NGOs on consumers’ education”

On November 13-14, 2007 the pilot training on “Campaigning and Lobbying” was held in St.-Petersburg. The training was hosted by “Keep St.-Petersburg Tidy” NGO and school #637. The representatives of project partner organizations as well and the NGOs and educational establishments of St.-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region were invited to the training. The experts of the Danish Consumer Council Claus Jorgensen and Laura Harrison – trainers – were combining successfully lecturing with the group work, presentations of results and their discussions.

During the first day of work the participants not only got theoretical knowledge on the theme of the training, but also worked in four groups on planning their own campaigns on one of the currents topics suggested by the trainers. The topics were as follows: “Allergenic chemicals in cosmetics”, “Awareness raising campaign for the ecolabels in your country”, “Problematic chemicals in baby care products” and “Brominated flame retardants in consumer electronics”. After that each group presented the elaborated plans to the others and got feedback from both the trainers and other colleagues. The second part of the day was devoted to learning how to write press-releases, the results were also presented and discussed by all participants together with trainers.

On the second day the main topic was lobbying. The Danish trainers presented their best practices giving the example of their successful work for protecting passengers’ rights to get compensation for the trains’ delays. The training participants found the Danish approaches very useful and shared their opinion on the ways of using them in their countries.

At the end of the training all participants expressed their opinion on their work during the training through filling in the evaluation forms prepared beforehand by the trainers.

All project participants gave positive evaluation to the quality of arranging and running the training, underlined high professionalism of the trainers and creative learning environment.

It’s nice to note that participants expressed their readiness to implement in this academic year at least partly the campaigns planned during the training.

For more information please contact: olgamadison@yahoo.com

Press-release 03/2008

International project “Building capacity of Russian and Baltic NGOs on consumers’ education”

On October 2-3, 2007 the second project meeting was held in Copenhagen. It was devoted to the discussion of the survey results, planning the pilot training in St.-Petersburg and more detailed drafting the Handbook “Chemicals in Consumer Goods: Practical Tool for Consumer Education”.

The representatives of the Danish Consumer Council NGO that organized and hosted the meeting shared their experience in doing the surveys and their results analysis. “Keep St.-Petersburg Tidy” NGO, BEF-Latvia, BEF, Lithuania and BEF-Estonia that were doing the survey in the frame of the present project presented the preliminary data on the survey of the chemical products safe for human health and environment available of the markets of their countries. The meeting participants came up to the conclusion that unfortunately we face the lack of such product on our markets. Besides that fact that shop assistants were most often unable to give qualified answers to our questions about hazardous chemical and eco-labeling, showed that consumers don’t pay much attention to that while choosing the product for purchase. The detailed analysis of the survey results will be published in the Handbook “Chemicals in Consumer Goods: Practical Tool for Consumer Education” that will be compiled by the end of the project.

The project participants also discussed thoroughly the plan of the pilot training on “Campaigning and Lobbying” to be held in St.-Petersburg on November 13-14, 2007. The representatives of project partner organizations as well and the NGOs and educational establishments of St.-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region will be invited to the training. The experts of the Danish Consumer Council Claus Jorgensen and Laura Harrison – trainers – are planning to combine lecturing with the group work, presentations of results and their discussions.

The important issue of the meeting was in-depth discussion of the Hand book contents, division of tasks for collecting information and deadlines for sending it to the project coordinator Ms Liga Lutere from BEF-Latvia.

For more information please contact: olgamadison@yahoo.com

Press-release 02/2008

International project “Building capacity of Russian and Baltic NGOs on consumers’ education”

The kick-off meeting of the project partner NGOs took place in Riga on May 21-24, 2007. The project “Building capacity of Russian and Baltic NGOs on consumers’ education” is financially supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers through its grant program “NGO cooperation”. The Project coordinator is Baltic Environmental Forum (Baltijas Vides forums), Latvia.

The meeting was devoted to the detailed planning of the project activities, clarification of responsibilities of each partner NGO, defining the form and content of survey of chemical products available on the markets of St.-Petersburg and the Baltic countries which will be held during summer 2007. The draft content of the Handbook for NGOs to be compiled by the end of the project was also discussed during the meeting.

The Danish Consumer Council NGO will formulate the concept of the survey and work out unified templates for its running in all four countries. In Russia “Keep St.-Petersburg Tidy” NGO will do a survey in the shop chains of St.-Petersburg/ In the Baltic countries the survey will be done by the project partner NGOs BEF-Latvia, BEF-Lithuania and BEF-Estonia first of all in the capitals of those countries.

The project partners chose four types of chemical products to be surveyed. They are air fresheners, sunscreens, washing powders and liquids and indoor paints. The project participants will look for hazard labels and Risk- phrases of air fresheners, check the presence of unwanted and hazard ingredients in sunscreens, and try to find ec0lables on washing powders and liquids as well as on indoor paints.

The next project meeting will be held on October 2-3, 2007 in Copenhagen and will be devoted to the discussion of the survey results, planning the pilot training in St.-Petersburg and more detailed drafting the Handbook “Chemicals in Consumer Goods: Practical Tool for Consumer Education”.

For more information please contact: olgamadison@yahoo.com

Press-release 01/2008

International project “Building capacity of Russian and Baltic NGOs on consumers’ education”

Nowadays NGOs play an important role in the democratic society - they inform and represent society and influence policy makers, industry representatives and other interest groups. However neither in Baltic countries nor in Russia they are able fully to take this role yet. It applies also to the consumers’ education field, especially what relates to the chemical substances in the goods. Therefore it is important to educate consumer organizations and to build up their capacities. Nordic countries have been working on the consumers’ information issues for a long time and the experience exchange is a valuable action in order to raise the capacities of NGOs in Russia and Baltic States. That was the background for the International project “Building capacity of Russian and Baltic NGOs on consumers’ education”, financially supported by the grant program “NGO Cooperation” of the Nordica Council of Ministers. The project goes on from April 2007 till the end of March 2008.

Main aim of the project is to increase capacity of Baltic and Russian NGOs in field of consumer education.

The detailed objectives are:
• To transfer the knowledge from Danish NGO to NGOs in Russia and Baltic States with regard to consumers education
• To build up capacity of NGOs in Russia and Baltic States on issues related to chemicals in goods
• To promote sustainable and long lasting cooperation between NGOs

The Project coordinator is Baltijas Vides forums, Latvia. The project partners are the Danish Consumer Council, Denmark, Balti Keskkonnaforum, Estonia, Baltijos Aplinkos forumas, Lithuania and Keep St. Petersburg Tidy, Russia.

Project activities:
• Survey and identification of more health and environment friendly products available on the market in Russia and Baltic States
• Handbook for NGOs on practical tools related to consumers’ awareness raising and education
• Pilot training for NGOs in Russia (13th and 14th of November, 2007)
• Trainings for NGOs in Baltic States (November, December 2007)
• International workshop for NGOs (5th and 6th of March, 2008)

It is planned to invite not only NGOs but also educational institutions and mass media to take part in the pilot training in Russia/ It is also possible for the decision makers to be invited to the project events incase they are interested.

For more information please contact: olgamadison@yahoo.com

Press-release 13/12/2006

Environmental seminar on exchange experience for marinas/guest harbours management was held on the 13 December 2006 in Saint- Petersburg. The seminar was organised by Keep Saint-Petersburg Tidy with support of Group of Companies KaterDealer and marina Frankardi in framework of the Baltic SeaBreeze project.

Representatives from administrations of marinas situated in Saint- Petersburg and the Leningrad region, representatives of environmental organisations and firms dealing with yacht ports development took part in the work of the seminar. Experts from Finland (Aija Backstrom, Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association) and Sweden (Bjorn Altnas, Swedish Guest Harbour Association) who have wide experience on environmental management of marinas in their countries also participated at the seminar.

The seminar discussed the following main issues:
• Environmental management of marinas/guest harbours;
• Draft Marina Handbook;
• What it is possible to do for decreasing of coastal zones pollution;
• Ensuring of ecological safety during development of yachting, tourism and recreation activities in the region.
• Eco-label Blue Flag awarded to clean, safe and well-managed marinas.

After discussion of the agenda items participants of the seminar have adopted the following decisions:

1. Promote in every possible way creation in Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad region of several environmental model marinas equipped and functioning according to the high level standard so as to create later on the network of such kind marinas all over the region.

2. Make every effort for continuation the practical adoption of international certification system Blue Flag for marinas, including for development of individual Blue Flag Campaign in the region.

3. Establish the association of marinas and guest harbours in the Northwest of Russia.

4. Promotion of working out the concept for development of environmentally friendly water tourism in the region, regional plans for using of coastal zones taking account interests of the local public.

5. Apply to the committees on nature use and tourism, administrations of coastal municipal bodies, St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region Governments with suggestion to include joint training seminars, conferences and round tables on popularization of environmentally friendly boating including Blue Flag program.

Seminar organizers arranged a field trip to some regional marinas the next day after the seminar.



Press-release 17/11/2006

Between 15-17th November 2006 the Baltic SeaBreeze partners met in Laulasmaa, Estonia for the annual International Steering and Reference group meeting. During the three days conference the partners discussed activities implemented during 2006 and what activities that will be carried out during 2007. Question like how the network can be kept alive after the project ends was also pressing issue during the conference.

The first day of the meeting a panel debate was held. Deputy General Secretary from Estonian Ministry of the Environment, Program Manager from Southwest Finland Regional Center and Senior advisor from Baltic 21 participated in the panel. The discussion focused on the future challenges and opportunities of the Baltic Sea, focusing on marine pollution.

The Workpackage 1 (Marine Strategic Partnership) discussed a plans and ideas for development of Marina Handbook. This handbook will first be made in an international version and then translated and adapted for each country.


Press-release 23/03/2006

The VII International Environmental Forum "Baltic Sea Day" was held 22-23 March 2006 in Saint- Petersburg. The Forum was organised by SPb PO "Ecology and Business". The Forum aims to enhance co-operation of the Baltic Sea countries, analyse of the environmental problems of the Baltic sea region, encompassed by the Helsinki Convention, with round-table discussion of new ideas, principles and methodologies to solve them.

In framework of the round-table "Environment and Tourism in the Baltic Sea Region" organisation Keep Saint-Petersburg Tidy has presented the report "The Prospects for Development of Environmentally Friendly Boating Tourism in the Northwest of Russia in Framework of the Blue Flag Campaign". The report was included and published at the Thesis Collection of the Forum.

About 400 participants from different countries around the Baltic Sea took part at the Forum activities. Booklet "Blue Flag for Boats, the environmental code of conduct" published in 2005 by Keep St. Petersburg Tidy has been distributed among the participants of the Forum. Brief information about Baltic SeaBreeze project is also included to the booklet.

Press-release 16/12/2005

Environmental seminar for leisure craft owners was held 16 December 2005 in Saint-Petersburg in the hall of Kamennosstrovskij Teatr (10, Naberezhnaya reki Krestovki). The seminar was organised by Keep Saint-Petersburg Tidy with support of marina Frankardi in framework of the Baltic SeaBreeze project that is part-financed from EU Interreg IIIB Baltic Sea Program.

Repesentatives from marinas administrations, State Boating Inspection of Saint-Petersburg, River Special Policy Department of Saint-Petersburg, representatives of environmental organisations took part in the work of the seminar. Experts from Finland (Aija Backstrom, Keep the Archipelago Tidy Associati) and Sweden (Jan-Erik Fogstrum, Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation) also participated at the seminar as a moderators.

The seminar discussed the following main issues:
• Conflict of interests - attitudes and values that forms our way to deal with the environment;
• The Baltic Sea - a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area;
• Perspective of the marine environment on our common sea;
• Practical hints of what a boat owner can do for his environment while boating;
• Individual Blue Flag that can be awarded to interested boat owners wanting to contribute to the Blue Flag Campaign and signed an environmental code of conduct declaring that he/she will act according the issues outlined in the code of conduct.

After discussion of the seminar agenda items participants of the seminar have adopted the decisions on necessity for rising of boat owners responsibility for environment protection and on necessity for enlargement of Blue Flag in the region.

Press-release 16/11/2005

On the 14-16th November the second Baltic SeaBreeze International Steering and Reference Group meeting was held in Denmark. At this meeting future activities were discussed as well as activities that already had been done. An international press conference and a boat wash pilot project were also part of these falls activities.

The three different workgroups, WP 1 Marine Strategic Partnerships, WP 2 Media and Communication Strategy and WP 3 Fishing and Shipping Network Building had individual meetings for discussing topics connected to their area. A joint meeting was also held to exchange experiences.

The meeting attracted attention in the local Danish media, which resulted in articles and a radio interview.

The meeting was arranged by lead partner Keep Sweden Tidy with support from the Danish partner Storstroem County. They were responsible for the outdoor activities, which were really appreciated after a long day in a conference room. They arranged a field trip with guided tour to Kalvehave Marina, with focus on harbour and environmental issues with presentations by Danish Sailing Association, Danish Association of Marinas and representatives from Storstroem County.

Press-release 15/10/2004

International seminar "Marinas and Beaches Environmental Management" was held 15 October 2004 in Saint-Petersburg, in International Clinic&Hospital MEDEM. The seminar was organised by SPbPO “Keep Saint-Petersburg Tidy” with support of Legislative Assembly (Parliament) of St.-Petersburg, Marine Tourism Department of St.-Petersburg Tourism Info Center and Nordic Council of Ministers.

Repesentatives from Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Noway, Finland and Lithuania took part in the work of the seminar.

The seminar discussed the following main issues:
• Evaluation of the Blue Flag Campaign in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Lithuania;
• Evaluation of the Baltic Sunmarina Guestharbours network development;
• Condition, projects and prospects for development of yachting and boating tourism in Saint-Petersburg;
• Legal problems of boating development in Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region;
• Environmental protection activity and state of special protected areas in St. Petersburg;
• Marinas and beaches development in the Kurortnij district coast of Saint-Petersburg and in the Lomonosovskij district coast of the Leningrad Region;
• Modern ttechnologies and equipment for environmental marinas;
• Project "Northern Beach";
• Problems of Regulation for Electromagnetic Pollution as Environmental Factor for Coastal Zones;

After discussion of the seminar agenda items participants of the seminar have adopted the following decisions:

1. Promote in every possible way creation in Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region of several environmental model marinas and beaches equipped and functioning according to the high level standard so as to create later on the network of such kind marinas and beaches all over the region.

2. Make every effort for continuation the practical adoption of international certification system Blue Flag for beaches and marinas in Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. For that, in 2005 prepare the corresponding documentation (Country Profile Form) and apply to International Blue Flag Jury for approval the start of the pilot phase in the region, selected at the least one marina and one beach for the pilot sites.

3. Promote consolidation of all stakeholders in creation of so-called “ecological framework of the city” and particularly not only in protection and development of the existent special protected areas, but creation and opening of new ones with the purpose of developement the full-value recreation zones.

4. Promote the development of the Blue Flag Campaign for individual boats in the region.

5. Apply to the committees on nature use and tourism, administrations of coastal municipal bodies, St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region Governments with suggestion to include joint training seminars, conferences and round tables on popularization of the Blue Flag Campaign in programs concerned with development and protection of the coastal zones.

6. Apply to St. Petersburg Government with initiative to increase beach maintenance financing, allocated for that a special budget line from the total budget for coastal zone maintenance.

7. Take active participation in development of the draft Provision about marinas in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

Press-release 10/10/2003

International conference "Promotion of Campaign on Improvement of Coastal Zones Environmental Management in Saint - Petersburg and the Leningrad Region" was held 10 October 2003 in Saint-Petersburg, in National Institution on Health. The Conference was arranged by NGO “Keep Saint-Petersburg Tidy” with support of National Institution on Health of Ministry of Education of Russian Federation, Legislative Assembly (Parliament) of St.-Petersburg, Committee for Tourism and Resort Development and Nordic Council of Ministers.

The conference discussed the following main issues:
• History and development of the international Blue Flag Campaign;
• Perspectives for Blue flag Campaign development in Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region;
• Condition, Projects and Prospects for Development of marinas and beaches in Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

As a result the conference' resolution containing a priority measures for emprovement of coastal zones environmental management was adopted.

Repesentatives from Moscow, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania took part in the work of the Conference.

On the pictures: Jan Eriksen (The Danish Outdoor Council, Denmark); Gilbert Henriksson (The Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation, Sweden); Galina Tsvetkova (Keep St. Petersburg Tidy, Russia); Andrew Berezkin (Committee for Tourism and Resort Development, St.-Petersburg, Russia); Igor Kalinin (St. Petersburg regional department of International Association "International Maritime Law”, Russia); Igor Kolijv (International Fund for Kronshtad Development, Russia).

Resolution of the Conference

Development of a campaign on improvement of coastal zones environmental management has a large significance for both the nature preservation and the increasing of public awareness and responsibility of all participants of the recreational activity. However at the present moment such kind of development is only in a small degree. From our viewpoint one of the important causes for such kind of situation is the absence of a proper scale campaign and proper infrastructure promoting the development of sustainable water tourism and recreational activity.

The conference stressed the following:

* Necessity of working out the concept for development of environmental friendly water tourism in our region, including regional plans for using of coastal zones involving the local public;

* Necessity of co-ordination activity for development of environmental friendly water tourism at the level of St. Petersburg Administration, the Leningrad Region Government, Department of State Control and Perspective Development in the field of Nature Using and Environment Protection of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russian Federation on the North-Western Russia, proper profile public organizations, owners and leaseholders of boats and marinas (yachting ports);

* Necessity of Legislation improvement for marine and water tourism;

* Necessity and expediency of creation of several model marinas (yachting ports) equipped and functioning according to the high level standard and taking into account ecological demands with further creation the network of marinas equipped and functioning according to the European standard and traditions;

* Necessity and expediency of continuation the practical adoption of international certification system "Blue Flag" for beaches and marinas;

* Importance of engaging the experts from the Baltic Sea countries because of cross-border character of the environmental problems and tourism;

* Importance of distribution of the experience of international organisation FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) on creation of effectively working system of environmental education for sensitive coastal ecosystem protection;

* Importance of regulation for visits to natural sites by water tourists.

Press-release 19/05/2003:

Second round table "Development of the Blue Flag Campaign in Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad region" was held 19 May 2003 in Saint-Petersburg State Technological University of Plant Polymers (SPbSTUPP). The round table was arranged by NGO "Keep Saint-Petersburg Tidy" with support of SPbSTUPP.

The main issue gained interest of the participants was the issue related to practical application of the international certification system Blue Flag, developed the criteria for awarding exclusive eco-label to beaches and marinas having a clean environment and high standard of safety. The Blue Flag locations are easy identified and very attractive for tourists. The international non-governmental and non-profit organisation "The Foundation for Environmental Education" (FEE) owes and runs the Blue Flag Campaign. Development the Blue Flag campaign in our region may play a vital part for development the network of beaches and marinas equipped and functioning according to the European standard.

SPbPO “Keep Saint-Petersburg Tidy” became a member of FEE in 2002, arranged a number of meetings with participation of proper stakeholders and at present is planning by the end of 2003 to form a Regional Blue Flag Committee in the framework of one current project.

Participants of the round table submitted concrete suggestions on choosing of pilot marinas and beaches to be eligible for Blue Flag in future and also on Regional Blue Flag Committee composition.