The main objective of the project is to unite ideas, capacity and tools for improvement of nature education situation and so awareness of the society on sustainable development and integrated nature conservation in the project region of territories of Estonia, Latvia and Russia. During the project it is foreseen to create cooperation network between public and non-governmental organisations in Estonia, Latvia and Russia, promote exchange of experience between partners and target groups, raise capacity of 14 nature education centres, elaborate advanced environmental education methods, train target groups to secure spreading out ideas of sustainable development of a long term basis, inform general public about importance of integrated nature conservation that takes into account needs of people but at the same time secures conservation of nature values and functions necessary for secure and sustainable existence of society. The idea of cooperation project has been developing over several years through contacts and cooperation among part of partners. Some of the project partners from Latvia and Estonia have been working in cross-border projects already for several years and have come to conclusion that cross-border cooperation provides very effective problem solutions for regions and activate considerable growth of involved partner organisations. Besides it promotes various contacts among target groups, promote attractiveness of regions, attract investments, provide working places and influence positively self-confidence of society. During these projects they also got to know partners from Russia that resulted in an idea to develop a new common project in order to promote sustainable development in all three countries. All partners are significant stakeholders in their regions concerning nature education, conservation and promotion of sustainable development. During the project it is planned to implement various activities adjusted to various target groups that would not just provide knowledge about nature, its values and functions, but also to add personal emotional attitude and in this way promote more nature friendly behaviour in daily life. The planned activities are diverse, aimed to reach as wide part of society as possible, like development of nature education centres, create new interactive exhibitions, innovative education materials, training and seminars for young people, teachers, representatives of municipalities, journalists, etc. Activities will be carried out in all three partner countries, mainly in border regions, both in rural and city environment. Activities will be accessible to wide part of society without any exceptions. The results of the project will be more aware society of several Estonia, Latvia and Russia regions that would result in cleaner environment, saved nature values, more healthy and active people.
1) The quality of nature education is improved via 13 newly established or improved nature education centres in Latvia, Estonia and Russia • 6 nature education centres are opened in protected areas in Latvia • 2 nature education centres are improved with equipment and wider offers developed in Estonia • 3 nature education centres are improved in Russia • 2 mobile nature education centres are created and accessible to local people in Russia; 2) Various tools for attracting visitors are created – 12 exhibitions and expositions are made, a virtual museum of the Lake Peipsi is established, Biodiversity Days and International Competition are organised; 3) 3 nature trails and stations of senses are open for the public in the National Park “Sebezhsky” in Russia, nature education centre (NEC) “Rāzna” and NEC Forest School “Pauguri” in Latvia; 4) Strengthened capacity, accessibility and recognition of NECs and advanced environmental education methods are developed; 5) 20 new study programmes are developed by the Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia, Peipsi Centre of Transboundary Cooperation, and St. Petersburg organisation ”Biologists for Nature Conservation”; 6) The learning process of school children and students is improved with interactive learning materials and involvement in project activities; 7) Tools for nature education specialists, such as mobile boxes for environmental studies, are created and at least 24 educative events, such as trainings, seminars, camps and study visits for nature education are organised for specialists in Estonia, Latvia and Russia; 8) Experience and knowledge of 567 nature education specialists is raised; 9) 68 study days in Latvia, Estonia and Russia are organised for the wider public; 10) More than 5000 children have been involved in nature education activities via different camps and study-days; 10) An increased number of local and international visitors in NECs of Latvia, Estonia and Russia; 11) Creation of a cooperation network between public and non-governmental organisations in Estonia, Latvia and Russia; 12) Positive awareness towards activities in nature and nature education is achieved through numerous public events and attractive educational materials; 13) Exchange of experience and ideas in the form of study trips has greatly helped to establish good contact with partner organisations and disseminate project results