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Project “People with nature” participates in the European Cooperation day

September 20, 2013 was a very special day for the employees of Estonia-Latvia-Russia cross border cooperation programme project “People with nature”. During the study trip to Russia they had the possibility to visit centre “Raduga” in Pskov where school children participated in the nature education lesson about nature values in the borderland.
During this class Project partners from Estonia, Latvia and Russia presented the new nature education tools which are being made during the project “People with nature”. Nature education specialist from Nature Conservation Agency (Latvia) presented different games about nature values as part of the lesson. Through those games children learned more about trees, identification of the different species, differences in the names of the trees in Latvian and Estonian languages, etc. And they also found out new things about birds and their feeding in the winter, the importance of regular feeding once it is started in the beginning of winter time.
Tartu environment education centre and Peipsi Centre for Transboundary cooperation, project partners from Estonia, showed the movie about Lake Peipsi and after watching the movie children did some tasks about fish. Project partners from Russia presented their new quiz about wetlands and Ramsar convention. Children did all tasks with big enthusiasm and were glad about this nature education lesson together with teachers from Latvia, Estonia and Russia. By spreading their knowledge, experience, and printed educational materials to school children, the project partners felt they had contributed to development of both – better relationship between nature and humans as well as future cooperation.  
Nature education class in the centre “Raduga” was organized within the European Cooperation day which is celebrated all around the Europe on and around the 21st of September. “Sharing borders, growing closer” is the motto for the celebration of the spirit of cooperation throughout Europe and beyond, as territorial cooperation also involves neighbouring countries of the EU.
The project “Promoting nature education as efficient mean of awareness raising” or “People with nature” is being implemented in the territory of Latvia, Estonia and Russian Federation, and its main objective is to raise public awareness on sustainable development and integrated nature conservation in the project area as well as to increase capacity of the nature conservation institutions involved in the project in the field of nature education. The project duration is 30 months – till 30 September 2014. The project is co-financed by the Estonia – Latvia – Russia Cross Border Cooperation Programme within European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument 2007-2013. Total funding of the project is EUR 1 499 977 or LVL 1 054 190, from which 90 % constituting EUR 1 349 979 or LVL 948 771 is co-financed by Estonia – Latvia – Russia Cross Border Cooperation Programme.
Ilze Vanaga
Project communication specialist
Estonia – Latvia – Russia Cross Border Cooperation Programme within European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument 2007-2013 provides financial support to joint cross-border development activities for the improvement of the region’s competitiveness by utilising its potential and beneficial location in the cross-roads between the European Union and the Russian Federation. The home page of the Programme:

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