Study of the morphological composition of municipal waste at 20 test sites in Belarus in the summer season

The material composition of municipal solid waste (MSW) is studied in order to determine the resource value and develop a rational system for their disposal. For many centuries, organic components predominated in urban waste. This was not a big problem for waste disposal, the main thing was to remove the waste outside the city. Organic waste was subjected to natural decomposition in nature and did not emit any toxic substances.

The development of civilization gradually changed the composition of household waste. More and more non-degradable components appeared: glass, ceramics, metals, rubber, plastics. In the middle of the 20th century, due to the development of chemical industries and the emergence of a large number of artificial materials, the amount of waste began to increase like an avalanche, and the change in the composition of waste required new approaches to their disposal. In addition, hazardous substances began to appear in the waste: mercury, batteries, expired medicines, etc., even small quantities of which can cause serious pollution.

Today, the study of the composition of waste, its origin and the quality of sorting is a necessary step in the development of an effective strategy for the use of waste as secondary material resources and reducing their negative impact on the environment.

The results of the second stage of the study of the morphological composition of municipal waste in the Republic of Belarus, which is carried out in 2020 with the financial support of the Coca-Cola Beverages Belarus within the framework of the project “Civic Engagement in Environmental Monitoring and Improving Environmental Management at the Local Level”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the UN Development Program in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus are summed up. The work was carried out in July-August 2020 in Minsk (at 8 control sites) and 12 cities of the republic.

The purpose of the study is to assess the volume of waste generation and losses in the environment before they are involved in the collection system. For this, a specially developed experimental technique is used.

For the first time in Belarus, municipal waste is studied with a detailed breakdown by type and with reference to the type of settlement. A gradation of cities by population was adopted to obtain an objective picture. Among them, small, medium and large cities, including regional centers, were distinguished. The method of two-factor identification is used, when not only the material of the packaging is determined, but also its capacity, as well as the purpose — for the packaging of which goods it was used.

Waste types

According to the results of the study, in summer, as in winter, the composition of municipal solid  waste (MSW) in containers for mixed waste in all types of settlements is formed mainly due to the fraction of organic waste, which is 39% by weight of the entire contents of the container (in winter it was 30 %). The percentage of organic matter is significantly lower in separately collected secondary material resources (SMR), but reaches 8.3%, which is also higher than in winter (6%). The minimum organic content is observed in containers for small towns’ SMR.

Polymer wastes also make up a significant part of both mixed MSW and SMR — 8.2% and 18.9%, respectively. Which is much lower than in winter.

In the composition of the polymer fraction, the determining subfractions are transparent and colored PET bottles, which make up 68% of the total mass of polymers in MSW and 84% in SMR. The most common are transparent and colored bottles with a nominal volume of 1.0-1.5 liters.

Waste glass is present in MSW (9.25%), where it is represented by a sub-fraction of colorless glass container with a nominal volume of 0.5 to 1.0 liters. There is less glass in SMR — 6.7%. It is noteworthy that, compared to winter, the percentage of the fraction increased in MSW and decreased in SMR. This fact may be associated with unauthorized selection of glass from containers and its overflow into the system of procurement points.

The distribution of metal waste between containers for collecting MSW and SMR is due to the lack of specialized containers for aluminum and tin cans and the lesser use of such material for packaging products (compared to plastic). The content of metal containers was fixed at 1.78% in MSW and 0.89% in SMR.

The cities under study

Minsk

Mixed waste is represented by 39.61% of organic fraction, followed by waste of paper and cardboard (11.43%), polymers (7.55%). The leaders in SMR are the fractions of paper, cardboard and corrugated board (16.94%) and polymers (15.91%). The content of the organic fraction and potentially hazardous waste in the SMR is 11.62% and 11.46%, respectively (3rd and 4th places of the summer study). More than 1/3 of the mass of the polymer fraction in both types of containers is made up of PET containers, represented mainly by color and colorless PET bottles with a volume of 1.0-1.5 liters.

Polymers in a container for SMR in Minsk

Large cities (regional centers)

In the summer period, significant fluctuations in the morphological composition of waste were noted, depending on the studied settlement. The generalized data show that the leading role in MSW and SMR is played by the polymer fraction — 22% and 28%, respectively. Content of other fractions, incl. organic, is lower — 7.34% in MSW and 16.84% in SMR. In the regional centers, a significant role in the composition of MSW is played by the fraction of paper, cardboard and corrugated board (14%), as well as glass — 17%. The content of these fractions in SMR is significantly lower — 8.8% and 9.6%, respectively.

Medium cities

In medium-sized cities, the composition of MSW is formed by the fraction of organic waste — 52%. In SMR, the percentage of organic matter is significantly lower — 1%. The composition of the SMR is formed mainly due to the fraction of waste paper, cardboard, corrugated board (32%), polymers (22.35%), and also textile waste (16%). For these types of settlements, the minimum content of the organic fraction in the SMR was recorded — less than 1%.

Small towns

For cities with a population of up to 20 thousand people, the highest content of glass waste in separately collected waste was revealed among all settlements. More than half of the mixed MSW is organic waste. The content of polymers in small towns is 7% in MSW and 21% in SMR.

Glass waste, Glubokoe

Thus, in the summer period, an increase in the organic fraction in the waste is noted, which is largely due to the work on cleaning the grass and other vegetation from the courtyard areas, as well as the widespread use of fresh vegetables and fruits in food. Due to the small weight of the plastic packaging, with the clearly noticeable presence of this fraction in the MSW and SMR, its mass fraction, in comparison with the winter study, decreased. At the same time, the most massive component — PET — is actively sorted by the population into appropriate containers.

The data obtained will help in the preparation of proposals for improving the functioning of municipal waste collection systems in the Republic of Belarus within the framework of the National Strategy for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development of the Republic of Belarus, which provides for the maximum involvement of waste in civil circulation for the production of products and energy.

Teaching villagers to modern gardening contributes to the economic development of the districts of the Mogilev region

The idea of ​​the ecological initiative “Green Garden Economy for the Future of the Village” is to give villagers up-to-date knowledge about efficient and sustainable gardening, help them learn the necessary skills and breathe new life into the traditional occupation of villagers. The development of private household plots will contribute to the economic development of the regions as a whole.

In 2019-2020, the local development fund “Start-Vostok” is expanding the ecological initiative “Green Garden Economy for the Future of the Village” in four districts of the Mogilev region: Bykhovsky, Cherikovsky, Slavgorodsky and Krasnopolsky. A regional network of local resource centers (hereinafter LRC) was created for teaching ecological gardening and entrepreneurship. It includes 8 educational institutions and the State Environmental Institution “Slavgorodsky”. The main functions of the local resource center are: environmental education of the local population (children and adults), teaching families the principles and technologies of ecological gardening and the formation of a resource base, including the organization of a nursery for garden crops.

At the LRC, 7 new nurseries of garden plants will be created on an area of ​​20 acres each. In addition, 3 existing nurseries will be expanded. The development of a network of resource centers will deepen interaction at the regional level and open up opportunities for diversification of the participants in the network “Green Garden Economy for the Future of the Village”. Resource centers will be able to make a choice in favor of certain crops, berry, stone fruit, etc., depending on the needs and characteristics of each community and territory. The grown seedlings will become the basis for laying gardens on school grounds and in personal subsidiary plots of the local population.

The local development fund “Start-Vostok” as a regional resource center (hereinafter RRC) supports the “Green Garden Economy for the Future of the Village” network, providing training for specialists from local resource centers. Since the beginning of the implementation of the ecological initiative, 20 representatives of the LRC and RRC have been participating in specialized trainings and have been improving their competencies in teaching the population to gardening, creating and efficiently managing nurseries. In October 2020, representatives of the LRC and RRC made a study visit to the Institute of Fruit Growing and the Grodno State Agrarian University to study the range of garden plants available in the Republic of Belarus and familiarize themselves with advanced gardening technologies.

As a result of the trainings, ten LRC and RRC development plans were prepared. Representatives of each LRC also develop a draft of their own educational program for the population, taking into account the interests and capabilities of local residents, as well as the characteristics of soil fertility.

The next stage will be practice-oriented training of rural residents and schoolchildren in modern ecological gardening on the basis of the LRC. The first set of the educational program for the population will have about 280 students, regardless of education level, income and social status. They will have to draw up projects for gardens on their sites based on the results of 8 thematic sessions. The best of them, about 80 private subsidiary farms, will receive seedlings from nurseries of resource centers. At least 10 hectares of empty land plots in rural settlements will be used for gardens. In the future, resource centers will continue to provide support to private gardeners — to conduct consultations, practical master classes.

The number of plots involved in horticulture will increase thanks to the support of the RRC and LRC and the formation of the regional cluster “Green Garden Economy for the Future of the Village” for the successful promotion of the produced horticultural products in the local, regional and national markets.

The implementation of the environmental initiative is based on support and cooperation at three levels:

  1. The local level (village council) includes an educational institution, local non-profit organizations, the population, private business and local authorities that are interested in the development of the LRC to solve environmental problems and increase self-employment of the local population.
  2. The district level includes the LRC of one district, united by the Department of Education, Sports and Tourism of the corresponding district executive committee, with the aim of improving the quality of environmental education, adapting it to the needs and capabilities of the district, and also for developing new services, such as training for the adult population.
  3. The regional (interdistrict) level is represented by the RRC, which oversees the activities of the LRC in the districts for the implementation of a single program in the field of rural development.

The ecological initiative «Green Garden Economy for the Future of the Village» is supported by the Project “Civic Engagement in Environmental Monitoring and Improving Environmental Management at the Local Level”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the UN Development Program in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus.

Waste management improving helps residents of the Lida district to take care of nature and their health

The amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) and the conditions of their disposal at landfills significantly affect the state of the environment and human health in the region. To reduce their negative impact, it is necessary to involve as much MSW in recycling as possible, carefully sorting the waste. Non-recyclable waste should be compacted and disposed of in accordance with environmental legislation.

Solving these environmental problems requires the involvement of local residents and the formation of conscious behavior in waste disposal. To this end, from April 2019 to September 2020, the ecological initiative “Compacted Waste — Clean Air” was implemented in the Lida region under the leadership of the Grodno regional branch of the public association “Belarusian Peace Fund” with the support of the project “Civic Engagement in Environmental Monitoring and Improving Environmental Management at the Local Level”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Program in Belarus in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus (hereinafter — the Project).

The main activity of the initiative is information work with the local population on the issues of sorting and competent waste management and the impact of the conditions of the MSW landfill on human health. In parallel with this, cooperation was organized with the Lida State Unitary Enterprise of Housing and Communal Services to improve the system of solid waste disposal at the Khoruzhevtsy landfill using modern technology. By increasing the degree of compaction of MSW, the service life of the landfill can be extended by about 5 years. Accordingly, at this time there will be no need to create an additional landfill in the area. And also the amount of emissions into the atmosphere of harmful substances will decrease.

In addition to the Lida State Unitary Enterprise of Housing and Utilities, the Lida City and District Inspectorate of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, the State Educational Institution «Lida District Center of Tourism and Local History for Students» joined the initiative. Other partners also joined in the process, for example, the parish of St. George’s Church in Lida, institutions of additional education.

The main emphasis when working with the local population was placed on educational work with children and youth. With the support of the initiative since 2019, events on the topics of ecology and waste management are regularly held by educational institutions of the Lida District. For example, joint forest cleaning and excursions to the existing solid municipal waste landfill. The schoolchildren and the adults of the Lida District learned how the district is solving the problem of efficient and environmentally friendly waste management, why it is important to sort waste and what happens to it at the landfill, how it affects the environment and the health of local residents.

Photo courtesy of the environmental initiative

In addition to improving the MSW disposal system, it is important to take real measures to recover landfills (restore soil fertility). Within this direction, 4 years ago, the first trees were planted on the former MSW landfill near the village of Gudy. The ecological initiative «Compacted Waste — Clean Air» also joined the tree-planting campaigns in this area, involving the students as volunteers. About 300 saplings of red oak and hornbeam have been added to the forest plantations on the former landfill. All these trees were transferred to the department of the Lida forestry enterprise.

Since the start of the ecological initiative “Compacted Waste — Clean Air”, systemic improvements have been outlined in the work of the Lida Housing and Communal Services and in environmental education and upbringing in educational institutions of the Lida District. As a result, waste management in the area has been significantly improved.

Photographer Sergei Gapon

«Mom, Dad, me — an eco-friendly family.» The results of the regional competition of social videos were summed up in Soligorsk

Regional competition of social videos «Mom, Dad, me — an environmentally friendly family!» organized within the framework of the environmental initiative «Creation of a waste collection system for electronic and electrical equipment on the territory of the Soligorsk district of the Minsk region», implemented by the Belarusian public association «Environmental Initiative» within the framework of the project «Civic Engagement in Environmental Monitoring and Improving Environmental Management at the Local Level», funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Program in Belarus in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus (hereinafter the Project).
The purpose of the competition is to draw the attention of children and their parents to the problem of electronic and electrical equipment waste, to help form the skills of proper handling of such waste, to stimulate interest in children and young people and creative approaches to solving environmental problems in general.
Schoolchildren aged 6 to 17 years old, living in the territory of Soligorsk and the Soligorsk district of the Minsk region, prepared videos on the topic «Mom, Dad, me — an environmentally friendly family!», which meets the goals and objectives of the Competition. Any ways of filming were allowed (camcorder, digital camera, mobile phone, etc.). Also, animated videos were accepted.
The video submitted for participation in the Competition must draw attention to
the problem of handling waste of electronic and electrical equipment, for example, spent batteries, fluorescent lamps, out-of-order household and electrical appliances, etc. The topic should have been expressed in a positive, concise, intelligible and tolerant form.
Applications for participation were accepted from June 1 to August 31, 2020. On September 10, the jury selected the winners. The jury consisted of representatives of the Ecological Initiative, the Ecological and Biological Center for Children and Youth of the Soligorsk Region, the Center for Technical Creativity of Children and Youth of the Soligorsk Region, as well as P. Sachek, the Project Initiative Coordinator.
The winners who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd places were awarded with valuable prizes from the organizers of the Competition. The remaining 6 finalists also received honorable mentions.

First place — Matvey Brova, a student of the 3rd grade of the State Educational Institution «Secondary School No. 1 of Soligorsk»

Link to the winner’s video https://youtu.be/F00JhWdHXvs

Second place — Vitaliy Chechura, 11 years old, State Educational Institution «Gymnasium No. 1 of Soligorsk»

Link to the winner’s video https://youtu.be/eCXwXnQByJA

Third place — Yesenia Gordeeva, grade 3 student of the State Educational Institution «Secondary School No. 1 of Soligorsk»

Link to the winner’s video https://youtu.be/JqDsrlXDfEM

The EU and UNDP are not responsible for the content of the videos above. The information provided cannot be considered as an official position of the EU, UNDP or any person acting on behalf of the EU and UNDP.

Development of environmental education and upbringing, support of local ecotourism in order to preserve the «Babinovichi» nature reserve in the Vitebsk region

The republican landscape reserve “Babinovichsky” was created in 1998 in the Liozno district of the Vitebsk region. At present, the area of ​​the reserve is 11,514.72 hectares. The reserve is inhabited by populations of rare and endangered species listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Belarus — 11 animals and birds and 11 species of plants.

More than 2,500 people live in the immediate vicinity of the Babinovichi nature reserve. The way of life of the local community is inextricably linked with the state of the forests, which provide the population with mushrooms, berries, and medicinal herbs. More than a thousand of tourists and vacationers come here every year.
Residents of the district, public organizations and local authorities are concerned about solving environmental problems in the region and support the implementation of the environmental initiative of the Belarusian Red Cross Society (BRCS) to create a practice-oriented educational environmental center in the agro-town Dobromysli to preserve the unique Babinovichi nature reserve. An important area of ​​the BRCS activity is the organization of measures to improve the health of the population, which is directly related to the environmental situation, in particular, to the purity of atmospheric air, water, soil and the state of forests.
The Environmental Initiative aims to foster a conscious attitude towards environmental issues in the local community, motivates the population to a healthy lifestyle in harmony with the environment. To achieve this goal, the main areas of work have been identified:

  1. To create a system of environmental education and training for kindergarten pupils, secondary school students and adults, integrated into daily activities.
  2. Develop an ecological route and equip an ecotrail on the territory of the Babinovichi nature reserve for ecological education of children and adults.
  3. Implement a set of informational and practical measures to preserve forest plantations and unique natural biotopes of the reserve.

The creation of an effective practice-oriented system of environmental education is of great importance for involving the public in environmental monitoring and environmental protection. Indeed, a person forms a stable system of values ​​and stereotypes of behavior in the period from 2 to 16 years. This direction of the initiative is being helped by partners — institutions of school and preschool education.
On the basis of the Nursery-garden» Yalinka» of Lioznensky district 3 informational playgrounds were created. It teaches children for a careful attitude towards nature, the correct handling of waste. Small containers for separate waste collection (similar to generally accepted ones) are equipped. Kindergarten groups will be equipped with information and play areas, stands and posters.

On the basis of the educational institution «Dobromyslinskaya secondary school of Liozno
district” an ecological class will be equipped with thematic posters and stands, devices for environmental monitoring: air analyzers, dosimetry devices, microscopes. Students will be able to control the air quality in different parts of the reserve and in nearby settlements. The school has already equipped a studio for students to create videos and mini-films on environmental topics.

Students of the specialized ecological class will conduct raiding activities in order to promptly identify violations of environmental legislation and inform the specialists of the regional inspection of natural resources and environmental protection.
An important feature of the initiative is the prevention of child injuries. Under the leadership of the Liozno District Emergency Situations Department (DESD), the children learn safe behavior in nature, and also take part in the prevention of forest fires.
Students have at their disposal a lifeguard’s protective outfit, distinctive uniform, knapsack sprayers and 20 bicycles.

The ecological educational program of the kindergarten and the school will allow in the future to form a youth group of the Liozno DESD to participate in solving environmental problems in the region.

The next stage of environmental education and upbringing is to involve the population of the region in the development and implementation of measures for effective environmental management, monitoring the state of forests, soil and air. Liozno forestry together with partner organizations of the initiative conducts information and practice-oriented events for students and residents of the agro-towns Dobromysli and Babinovichi, teaching practical skills in environmentally friendly behavior. Thus, the formation of unauthorized dumps and the burning of garbage on the territory of the reserve is prevented, the destruction of plants and animals of the reserve is prevented, places for picking berries and mushrooms, and medicinal plants are preserved.

Environmental initiative «Creation of the practice-oriented educational environmental center in the agro-town Dobromysli to preserve the unique Babinovichi nature reserve» is implemented with the support of the project «Civic Engagement in Environmental Monitoring and Improving Environmental Management at the Local Level”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the UN Development Program in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus.

Photos are provided by the ecological initiative

«URA Grodno!» — a local environmental initiative uniting thousands of people in respecting nature

Environmental initiative «URA Grodno!» works with educational institutions, students and their parents, representatives of local government and authorities and forms the local community through the development of environmental educational programs and the involvement of children and adults in environmental monitoring and active care of the world around them.

The first main goal of the initiative «URA Grodno!» is the creation of a system of continuity of environmental education at all stages: from preschool institutions to institutions of primary, secondary and higher education. One step to this goal is an organisation of The educational multicenter “URA Grodno” on the base of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, the Secondary School No. 12 and the Nursery Garden No. 45 in Grodno. Various educational events are held by the multicenter, including open lectures, laboratory workshops, a summer session of ecological and health camp for students.

The second goal of the initiative «URA Grodno!» is formation of the local community and civic engagement in environmental monitoring. For this purpose, an environmental monitoring laboratory was created on the basis of Grodno State University. It is the place, where schoolchildren and students learn to assess the quality of air and water by quantitative indicators.

At the beginning of its work in September 2019, the initiative «URA Grodno!» conducted an open questionnaire, during which 2,383 respondents described their knowledge about the impact of their habitual lifestyle on the environment. The data was used to design and deliver educational activities by the initiative. In addition, the survey questions helped the participants to identify their own potential for caring for nature through changing daily habits. In June 2020 a repeated survey showed an increase in citizens’ awareness of environmental issues and skills to respect the world around them. These results were achieved, among other things, thanks to the active environmental and educational work of the “URA Grodno!” initiative.

By the year over 25 information and training events involved more than 3,000 people in environmental monitoring and a nature-friendly lifestyle.

In the course of the «Clean Business» campaign, at least 9 ecological landings were organized to clean up forests in the suburbs and city limits. Experience gained in joint work on cleaning the environment from household waste. 2 excursions to the waste processing plant and other enterprises of the city were held.

Within the framework of the project «Energy Efficient Planet: Define Your Position», more than 1000 residents of Grodno and about 2000 students got an idea of ​​the advantages and methods of an energy efficient lifestyle and the possibility of spending leisure time with benefit and without harm to the environment.

The results of these and other events involving Grodno residents in an ecologically ethical lifestyle were demonstrated during the Environmental Initiatives Forum, which was attended by teachers, students, NGO specialists, volunteers and representatives of the local community — more than 300 people in total. About 200 more representatives of ecological communities participated remotely.

More about the Forum «Grodno: Together on the Path of Sustainable Development»:

Online conference

From July 18 to 22, 2020 the ESD Association organized a summer methodological school with support of the “URA Grodno” multicenter. The event was attended by 25 employees of educational institutions in Grodno, including school directors and heads of kindergartens. Forms and directions of cooperation of educational institutions in the field of sustainable development and environmental protection were determined for subsequent inclusion in the Work Plan of the “URA Grodno” multicenter for the period 2021-2025. A series of methodological materials were presented. In addition, at least 100 residents of Grodno got acquainted with the practices and prospects of an environmentally friendly lifestyle within the open day.

Environmental initiative «Inclusive environmental management by motivated inclusion of Grodno residents in the development and implementation of measures aimed at improving the quality of the environment and monitoring environmental risks, in the context of the educational multicenter for comprehensive support of the environmentally friendly lifestyle of local communities «URA Grodno!» (Sustainable Development Activity of Grodno)» is carried out by the Educational Institution «Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno» and is implemented with the support of the project “Civic Engagement in Environmental Monitoring and Improving Environmental Management at the Local Level”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the UN Development Program in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus.

Photos are provided by the initiative «URA Grodno!»

Young ecologists participating in the Green Schools educational project from different parts of Belarus will receive the necessary modern equipment for their research.

June 5 marks World Environment Day, a professional holiday for all environmentalists, environmentalists, public figures and environmental activists, and of course those involved in the Green Schools educational project.
In 2020, under the project “Involving the public in environmental monitoring and improving environmental governance at the local level”, funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP with the support of the Ministry of Natural Resources, support for green schools continues.
To ensure a high level of educational activities for resource centers of green schools and environmental monitoring clubs based on green schools (13 institutions in total), the most necessary modern equipment was purchased that will allow young ecologists to conduct their research.
It is symbolic that on the eve of the holiday, World Environment Day, educational institutions will receive digital cameras, binoculars, microscopes, telescopes, digital wattmeters, magnifiers, Petri dishes and other accessories for exciting activities that will help young ecologists grow up as real conservationists.
“Green schools” is an environmental movement that is developing in the world and in Belarus. In order to bring the «environmental» consciousness of people to a new level, you need to start with the young generation, experts are sure. The proof that they are right is the fact that the movement is increasingly popular, and today children are becoming environmental information guides and opinion leaders. In Belarus, students of “green schools” involve friends and parents in their circle of interests, pass on to them knowledge acquired in the school about separate waste collection, saving water and energy, etc.
The development and implementation of the Green Schools educational project in Belarus was made possible thanks to the joint efforts of the European Union, UNDP, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Education. The peculiarity of the Green Schools educational project in Belarus is that it includes six (five for preschool institutions) clearly defined areas with a set of tasks developed taking into account environmental problems and issues that are being addressed in our country. Only by completing these tasks can an educational institution receive a green diploma.
At the end of 2019, 57 educational institutions from all regions of the Republic of Belarus received the status of a “green” school; in total, more than 200 educational institutions participated in the educational project.

A special issue of the journal «Native Nature», dedicated to the development of the educational project «Green Schools» in Belarus, was released.

The issue has already been delivered to subscribers of the publication, as well as to printing kiosks across the country.
The material covers the history of the project in Belarus, talks about national characteristics, advantages for educational institutions, prospects and results.
Since 2011, the Green Schools project has been successfully developing and is already covering pre-school educational institutions, as well as preparing to repeat summer green shifts for young ecologists in health camps in Belarus.
The main educational directions of the project:
— biodiversity
— water saving
— energy saving
— waste management
— monitoring of atmospheric air
— environmental information activities to work with local communities.

The issue can be downloaded from «Library» of this website.

530 liters of hand sanitizer and 126 disinfectant dispensers were purchased within the project for 24 pilot sites implementing the Green Schools educational project.

Hand cleanliness is one of the most important conditions that must be observed to reduce the risk of contracting viral infections.  530 liters of hand sanitizer and 126 disinfectant dispensers were purchased within the project with EU funds for 24 pilot sites implementing the Green Schools educational project throughout Belarus.

 

 

In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, distance education is becoming increasingly important. It is really crucial to provide means of communication and high-quality Internet. This is especially true for educational institutions located in the regions. For EU funds, 8 modern stationary computers have already been purchased and delivered to educational institutions — Project partners, and in the near future 10 more laptops are expected to be delivered.

 

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