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On March 21, in Kaliningrad, on the eve of the Baltic Sea International Day, a round table "Experience in dry toilets installation and operation on various territories" was held. The organizers and participants were Ecocentrum Ltd, GAU KO Ecological Center EKAT-Kaliningrad, GBU KO Nature Park “Vishtynetsky”, Baltic Sea Conservation Foundation, Center for the Development of Social and Educational Projects “Aura” NGO, FGBU National Park “The Curonian Spit”.

Representatives of organizations that already have installed dry toilets for public use and environmental education within their projects, shared experiences, features and the first results of installation and operation of dry toilets. Among the participants of the meeting were representatives of organizations that are only going to adopt such experience.

XIX International Ecological Forum Baltic Sea Day was held in St. Petersburg on March 22-23rd. Results of HELCOM Ministerial meeting, which was held in Brussels on 6 March 2018, was one of the main topic of discussion. Forum was organized by HELCOM, Ministry of natural resources, Government of St.Petersburg and other organizations. This year forum was organized in parallel on two areas – St.Petersburg and Kaliningrad.

Session on Ecosystem a pproach in integrated river basin management (RBM) was held by Coalition Clean Baltic in cooperation with Ecocentrum and Friends of the Baltic with support of Neva-Ladoga water basin department. The event was held in the frame of Roundtable on Sustainable Water Management to protect the marine environment from land based pollution.

River watch network leaders, leaders of school ecological groups, schoolchildren, as well as students, active citizens, interested in River watch, were participants of the RW training. 30 participants from St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, including Luga River basin, visited the training. Experts of the Nevsko-Ladoga Basin Water Directorate, the Institute of Limnology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, representatives of the library association of Kurortny district of St.Petersburg, public organizations «Separate waste in Gatchina» and «Kolibri v KADRe» took part in the event.

In February 2018, the brochure Climate Change: Implications and Risks for the Baltic Region, and the Adaptation Strategies was published as part of the BNPP program activities. The brochure provides information on the main negative consequences of climate change and potential climate risks for the Baltic Sea region, in particular, those related to flooding areas. The brochure presents possible climate adaptation measures, as well as the conditions for their effective development and implementation. Particular attention is devoted to public participation in the monitoring of the status of water bodies and in discussing climate risks and adaptation measures.

New Booklet "Dry toilets with separate waste collection and composting" is published. The booklet tells about dry toilets as a variety of wastewater treatment facilities for individual households. The booklet containts information about the types of dry toilets, the principles of operation and benefits, and the importance of using them to reduce the nutrient load into the water bodies of the Baltic Sea basin. Text is avalable in russian language. 

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