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Naturewatch Baltic

Naturewatch Baltic

Name of organisation: Baltic Fund for Nature

Funding support: grants

Number of staff: total staff: 25 persons, 2 persons are working with educational programme

Number of visitors per year: 500

Overall aims of the centre

Our work aimed to increase the level of understanding of wildlife by involving youth in regular observations in nature and project volunteer activities concerning nature conservation and biodiversity protection in the Baltic Sea region

Description of the centre

Basic area of our work is Karelian Isthmus. More than 200 participants of the programme visit nature protected sites (bogs, glacial landscapes, coastline of the Gulf of Finland and old rural landscapes.Often they are working as nature detectives, making surveys and records using our questionnaires and guides. Relatively 150 students take part in the nature camps every year.We invite more than 60 teachers to the seminars, where they can grow up their professional skills and knowledge.

Main CEPA work areas

Conferences and events for teachers and schoolstudents; seminars for teachers; educational journeys, networking with educational institutions; autumn camps; school-student projects, development of information materials

Top three successes

A series of a leaflets about wetlands of international importance (Ramsar sites) situated near St.Petersburg; educational journeys for teachers to nature protected areas – one of the most impressive and effective ways of visiting nature near a big city;Annual spring visit of fieds near Olonets – a stop-over site for migrating birds for students.

Top three challenges

P-Stop project series. It was an interesting project, but not suitable for big city like St.Petersburg because of good quality of sewage treatment plants. But it is working in a small towns and villages, we are trying to apply it there. Aslo we have many problems engaging local community in a countryside surrounding St.Petersburg

Interpretation techniques

Producing written materials;Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Running a visitor centre;

Participation

Engaging young people;Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

PR and marketing; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.

Yulia Danilova, Evgeny Genelt-Yanovskiy; postal address: Universitetskaya emb., 7/9, St. Petersburg, 199034, Russia. email: nwb@bfn.org.ru, phone: +78123289620/fax: +78123289753/skype: eyanovsky

Website address: http://web.me.com/naturewatch

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