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The project "People with Nature" has been completed

The Estonian-Latvian-Russian cross-border cooperation project "People with Nature" has been completed; this project has made considerable contribution to the nature education development in the region where the project has been implemented.
Huge work aimed at improving nature education opportunities and offer in the project territory has been implemented thanks to intense cooperation of nature educators from Latvia, Estonia and Russia during two-year period. The most significant benefit is the nature education centres created and developed during this project (2 centres in Estonia, 6 centres in Latvia and 4 centres in Russia), new exhibitions with interactive elements and innovative nature learning materials. Nature education specialists, teachers, representatives of municipalities have been trained by organising events, workshops and study days; children and teenagers have been engaged in the nature learning activities.
In order to enable other organisations interested in the nature education development to use the knowledge and experience acquired during the project, the Concept of Nature Education Centre Establishment and Management has been prepared; more detailed summary of the project results and practical experience can be found in the Project Manual. 
11 organisations with vast experience in the field of nature education took part in the project “Promoting nature education as efficient mean of awareness raising” or “People with nature” which was initiated on 1 April 2012. The project was being implemented in the territory of Latvia, Estonia and Russian Federation, and its main objective was to raise the awareness of the society on sustainable development and integrated nature conservation in the project implementation area as well as raise capacity of nature conservation institutions involved in the project in the field of nature education. The project duration was 30 months – till 30 September 2014. The project was co-financed by the Estonia – Latvia – Russia Cross Border Cooperation Programme within European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument 2007-2013. Total funding of the project was EUR 1 499 977, from which 90 % constituting EUR 1 349 979 was co-financed by Estonia – Latvia – Russia Cross Border Cooperation Programme.
Ilze Vanaga
Project communication specialist
Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia
Photo: A.Soms
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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