The nutrient load on water bodies, marine litter, and microplastics issues were discussed at the annual workshop for public river watch. This year new participants joined the network: heads of school environmental groups, specialists of additional education, and volunteers. The workshop attendees tested research methods and planned field trips to water bodies of the Gulf of Finland basin.

The Seleznevka river flows in both Russia and Finland, thus two countries are responsible for the quality of its waters. We need joint actions to improve water bodies state. Russian and Finnish schoolchildren will carry out public watch of natural waters that will include inspecting the content of biogenic pollutants. Such measurements have been conducted for many years on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland and in other areas of the Leningrad region. All results are available at the Public watch of natural waters map that was developed with support of "Nature and people" programme of Coalition Clean Baltic.

The presentation of the brochure “How to use dung without losses for the farmer and the environment” was held on March 28 in the town of Luga at a meeting with the heads of small farms of  Luga district. Friends of the Baltic were invited to speak and tell farmers about the problems of rivers pollution with agricultural loads and good solutions for animal waste management.

Friends of the Baltic organized the session “Ecosystem approach to River Basin Management, role of public and citizens in water conservation and climate change adaptation” in the frame of Baltic Sea Day Forum in St. Petersburg. The event was held on March 21 as a part of Round Table “Rural settlements and agricultural enterprises to water sources protection”. The session was devoted to approaches and methods  for reducing nutrient loads on water bodies in Baltic Sea region. More than 85 people from Russia, Belarus, Poland, Latvia, Sweden and Finland took part in the event.

The Kit of information and methodic materials, developed within the project “More Baltic Less Plastic” includes booklets on microplastics, methodic on public researches of marine litter on the sea coast and microplastics in water bodies, public map with the results of microplastics investigations in the Gulf of Finland basin, publications on the web site and social networks


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