People with Nature

Project title: People with Nature. Promoting nature education as efficient mean of awareness raising.


Project is supported by: Estonia-Latvia-Russia cross border cooperation Programme within European Neighborhood and Partnership instrument 2007-2013 and Environmental Investment Centre


Development and Cooperation Directorate General EuropeAid

Project period: April 2012 - September 2014

Lead partner / Beneficiary: Nature Conservation Agency, Meldra Lagenfelde (Latvia)
Project Manager in Peipsi CTC: Eeva Kirsipuu,
Partners: there are alltogether 11 partners.
Estonia: Tartu Environmental Education Centre, Peipsi CTC
Latvia: Nature Conservation Agency, Natural History Museum Support Society, Gauja National Park Foundation, Dagda local municipality
Russia: Pskov regional public organization "Lake Peipsi Project, Pskov”, Federal State Institution "The Sebezh National Park", Pskov regional centre of the development of gifted children and youth, State committee on natural resources use and environment protection, Saint-Petersburg charitable public organisation "Biologists for nature conservation"

Members of Steering Commitee
Ms. Ülle Kikas, adviser of Estonian Ministry of Education and Research
Mr. Ulvar Käärt, nature journalist
Mr. Sandra Bērziņa, General director of Nature Conservation Agency
Ms. Inese Liepiņa, Senior Coordinator for environmental education, Latvian National Centre for Education
Mr. Viktor Musatov, Head of the Federal Service for Supervision of nature management in the Pskov Region
Mr. Rustam Sagitov, Head of IUCN Russian National Committee

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 th 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 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.

Main activities carried out by Peipsi CTC include
  • complement exhibition "Lake Peipsi Living Room" with interactive exhibits and work sheets. Presentation of new exhibits took place on 5th of June, 2013

  • creating mobile study days' box about Lake Peipsi

  • purchase of specific equipment for nature education activities (presentation technique for the exhibition and study days, small scale equipment: 1 digital microscope, 4 binoculars)
  • carrying out 2 trainings for teachers, nature educators and 9 outdoor study days for students
  • compiling study materials, information and promotion materials:
    - postcards of fishes (postkaart1.pdf, postkaart2.pdf)
    - programmes and worksheets can be found here
  • participating in project joint activities -  relevant materials, study visits in Estonia, Latvia and Russia, organising youth camps, joint meetings and seminars, exchange of experiences;
    creation of concept of nature education centres;
    compiling manual about project results.

Project calendar (Peipsi CTC)
Sept 11-12, 2014 project international final event in Pskov, Russia. Peipsi CTC conducted workshop about Lake Peipsi.
Aug 28, 2014 project Estonian final event in Tartu Nature House. More than 80 NEC specialists and teachers participated. An overview of the most important project results were given, Estonian acknowledged historian David Vseviov gave a lecture "How to perceive tiny objects". Workshops were conducted by Nature History Museum Support Society (Latvia), Gauja Nature Park, Latvian Nature Conservation Agency, Tartu Environmental Education Centre and Peipsi CTC.
Aug 22, 2014 project Latvian final event in Vecupites Nature Centre in Gauja Nature Park, conducting workshops for participants
Aug 17, 2014 Põlva County Ecofestival (Green Living Festival) family day in Karilatsi Peasant Museum - exhibition "Lake Peipsi Living Room" and PwN project promotion, conducting workshops about Lake Peipsi
Aug 16, 2014  River Emajõgi Festival in Tartu - exhibition "Lake Peipsi Living Room" and PwN project promotion, conducting workshops about Lake PeipsiJuly 13, 2014 Lohusuu fish fair - exhibition "Lake Peipsi Living Room" and PwN project promotion, conducting workshops about Lake Peipsi
June 16-20, 2014 international youth camp in Estonia, in Rogosi Manor
29 students from Estonia, Russia and Latvia participated
May 27,2014 Lake Peipsi study day for students of Miina Härma Gymnasium (2nd grade), 26 pupils with their teacher participated
May 2, 2014 Lake Peipsi study day for students of Luunja Secondary School (6th grade), 20 pupils and 2 teachers participated
April 28, 2014 Lake Peipsi study day for students of Nõo Basic School (9th grades), 42 pupils with the teacher participated
March 5.-6, 2014 training "Leadership of small goups and the adventure (outdoor) education" in Mooste. 15 participants attended the course.
Feb 4.-5, 2014 project working group meeting in Estonia, Tartu and Peipsimaa
Oct. 11, 2013 study day "Lake Peipsi Travel Journal"  for students of Vaimastvere
Sept. 24, 2013 study day "Lake Peipsi as living environment" for students of Laiuse Põhikool
Sept. 16-21, 2013 study visit to Russia for nature education specialists
Sept. 14, 2013 participation in EU Cooperation Day celebrations in Tähtvere Sports Park, project promotion, conducting nature education activities for kids
Aug. 18, 2013 conducting workshops in the family day of Põlva County Ecofestival (Green Living Festival) in Karilatsi Peasant Museum - items and tasks from Lake Peipsi mobile box were used.
July 22-27, 2013 international youth camp in Latvia
June 10-16, 2013 study trip to Latvia for nature education specialists, working group meeting
June 5, 2013 presenting exhibition's Lake Peipsi Living Room new hands-on-exhibits Additional information about the exhibition here
May 4, 2013 "Lets do it" campaign activities in Lake Peipsi exhibition
March 13. and 15, 2013 - first aid course to nature guides, nature education specialists
16 participants
Feb. 12-13, 2013 - project working group and steering committee meeting in Staryi Izborsk, Russia
Oct. 2, Oct. 4, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, 2012 - study days, programme about Lake Peipsi and its region (participants: Laeva Primary School, Kõrveküla Primary Shool, Tartu Secondary School of Business, Miina Härma Gymnasium)
95 students and 10 adults participated
Sept. 25-29, 2012 - study trip to Estonia for nature education specialists from Latvia, Russia and Estonia
Sept. 24-25, 2012 - project working group meeting in Tartu, Estonia
July 23-29, 2012 - international youth camp for 30 participants in Pskov region, Sebež National Park, Russia
June 26-27, 2012 - kick off meeting in Sigulda, Latvia

See more information on Latvian Nature Conservation Agency webpage

This webpage has been produced with the financial assistance of the Estonia – Latvia – Russia Cross Border Cooperation Programme within European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument 2007 – 2013. The contents of this webpage are the sole responsibility of  Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the Programme, Programme participating countries, alongside with the European Union.