Centre of Ecological Information main goal is popularization of scientific ecological and environmental literature including that devoted to wetlands.
Name of your centre: Centre of Ecological Information of Tver Regional Universal Scientific Library named after A.M.Gorky
Name of organisation: State Budget Organization of Culture “Tver Regional Universal Scientific Library named after A.M.Gorky”
Funding support: State budget of Tver Region
Number of staff: 3 staffs of the Centre of Ecological Information
Number of visitors per year: 1200 visitors of the Centre and 4000 participants of public actions implementing by the Centre
Overall aims of the centre
Ecological education and public awareness, creating a platform for dialogue of governmental, scientific and non-governmental organisations.
Description of the centre
The Centre is situated in Tver city – capital (administrative centre) of Tver Region – subject of the Russian Federation (European part of Russia), 180 km far from Moscow to the North. Total squire of Tver city is 152,22 км², population is 419507 people.
Tver is located on the banks of Volga river in the region of confluencing rivers Tvertsa and Tmaka. Tver Region is an area of huge peat bogs and lakes – central part of the Great Watershed, where rivers Volga, Western Dvina (Daugava) and Dnepr originate.
The Centre of Ecological Information is a part of the Regional Library and belongs to its Branch of Patent-Technical and Ecological Information.
Main goal is popularization of scientific ecological and environmental literature including that devoted to wetlands.
Objectives of the Centre are the following: providence of open and transparent approach to ecological information, facilitating creation of wide educational, cultural and ecological capability of Tver Region, intellectual growth of Tver citizens.
The Centre carries out environmental conferences, seminars, round tables devoted to regional protected areas system, wetlands conservation and other ecological issues. Annually, it organizes celebration of World Wetland Day gathering all regional specialists on peatland conservation and sustainable use (Tver Region is a first one in European Russia on peat excavation), as well as ecologists and decision makers.
Main partners: Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Tver Region, Tver Regional Branch of All-Russian Society of Nature Protection, Tver State University, Tver State Technical University, ecological and public organizations.
Main CEPA work areas
Organisation and carrying out of environmental educational actions – carrying out conferences, designing exhibitions, presentations of new ecological literature, development and carrying out thematic lessons for secondary and high schools, local and rural libraries of Tver Region.
Creating and managing of environmental websites such as “Protected Areas of Tver Region” and others.
Top three successes
Project “Nature and Book”
All-Tver regional photo-contest “Blue Expanses of Tver Region” devoted to regional wetlands
Interregional conference “Modern State of Natural Heritage of Tver Region”.
Top three challenges
Lack of experience exchange with international conservation community
Low interest to support of environmental actions from the side of private companies in Tver Region
Lack of modern computer technique for organising distant lessons and webinars with rural schools and libraries.
Site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools.
Working with disabled people; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers.
Education and communication
Delivering adult education; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
Health and safety; Project planning.