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Friends of the Baltic and Russian representatives of HELCOM monitored marine litter on the North Shore of the Gulf of Finland

The environmental status of rivers and the Gulf of Finland, water bodies polluted with nitrates and phosphates, litter on the banks and microplastics in natural waters. These are just several topics discussed at the 19th annual conference of schoolchildren “Ecomonitoring of rivers, the Gulf of Finland, and the environment” which was held on October 19 in St. Petersburg. Both young and experienced researchers attended the event, thereby they shared their experiences and school kids learned the strong points of their studies and some tips for advancing them.

SEVIRA at EURegionWeek

Regional and cross-border cooperation strengthens ties between people from different countries. This is a good opportunity to get to know each other and make a common cause. When it comes to environmental protection, cooperation is essential as water or air pollution knows no boarders. One of the sessions at the EURegionWeek was devoted to citizens’ involvement in building environmentally friendly cross-border regions. SEVIRA project team was invited to share experience.

On September 21, an Ecotrip took place along the Southern shore of the Gulf of Finland and meeting with local residents, dedicated to celebrating of European Green Belt Days – this year is a 30th anniversary of the European Green Belt international initiative.

Russian and Finnish specialists in hydrological monitoring conducted research on Seleznevka and Buslovka rivers. This was the second joint monitoring of the SEVIRA project organized to share knowledge. The first trip was hosted by the Finnish side this May in Lappeenranta. Hydrologists took samples for further laboratory analysis and estimated the discharge – the volume of water flowing per unit time on the river section. This indicator is necessary to analyze the concentration of pollution in the river.

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