Belarussian cooperation

Preparation of the Estonian-Belarussian cooperation for wetland conservation

A new cooperation project has started from autumn 2015 between ELF,  Brest Regional Branch of APB and NGO Bahna.  The aim of the project is to enhance cooperation between Estonian and Belorussian mire conservationists and volunteers. The activities of the project will involve contact seminar in Belarus, study tour to Estonia and joint project preparation for mire conservation implementation in Belarus. The project will contribute to Belorussian biodiversity and climate targets to manage well wetlands and ensure sustainable peat production in the area. During the project also environmental awareness activities and volunteer involvement will be conduced by writing articles, social media and media contacts.

A contact-seminar in Belarus 

As a first activity of a project a contact-seminar and a study-trip took place in Belarus from 26th to 30th of October 2015. Participants from ELF, RMK, University of Tartu, Brest Regional Branch of APB and NGO Bahna explored wetlands of both northern and southern Belarus as well as exchanged experience at mini-seminars. 

Presentations where by:

Jüri-Ott Salm, ELF -  video-greeting by initiator of the project. More on ELF's  activities on wetlands.
Jaanus Liblek, ELF -  presentation on ELF's volunteer activities. Additonal reading on talgud.
Lauri Lutsar, ELF - presented on ELF's  inventory of all mires in Estonia. Additional information in English here.
Kristjan Tõnisson, RMK - presentation on mire restoration projects in state owned sites. Additional reading about RMK and its activities.
Ain Kull, University of Tartu - presentation on effects of trenches. Materials will be added soon.
Andrei Abramchuk, Brest Regional Branch of APB - presentation materials on future of mires of Belarus: рАСТИТЕЛЬНОСТЬ ВОСТАНАВЛЕВАЕМЫХ БОЛОТ.pdfПРО ЗАБОЛАЧИВАНИЕ.pdfAndrei Abramchuk.pdf
Kostja Chykalau, NGO Bahna - further reading on Bahna's website.

Some photos of the event will be added soon.

News of the event can be found at:

ELF is thankful to all its partners, that helped to make this event inspirational and effective. The next study-trip will take place in May 2016 in Estonia.

The project is funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Estonia.