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 Alexandr Esipyonok. E-mail:


  • 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.

  • 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.