Transboundary project “Water meets people: learn, act, and influence” is devoted to water quality of three rivers: Sestra, Virooki, Seleznevka (fin. Rakkolnjoki). The project consolidates scientific research and social initiatives in order to improve the environment of the Gulf of Finland and adapt to climate change effects in Russia and Finland.

Ecocentrum is working on public awareness part of SEVIRA project. We support public river watch actions, carry forward eco-friendly solutions for water pollution reduction, and publish materials on Gulf of Finland and its rivers condition. Also we organize multstakeholder roundtables for local residents, officials, and businesses, thus everyone’s getting involved.

Project participants: Finnish Environment Institute, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Southeast Finland, Institute of Limnology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Federal State Budgetary Institution Northwest Administration for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, and Ecocentrum Ltd.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact SEVIRA project manager Anna Kryukova. E-mail:


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • School river watch on Sestra river

    In May 2019, the team of SEVIRA project conducted the first school water quality researches on Sestra river. In early May, the nitrate concentration in the area between Sestroretsky and Primorsky highways, as well as in the village of Beloostrov was insignificant, in the range from 0 to 10 mg/l with maximum permissible concentration of 45 mg/l.