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International School of Eco-Volunteers (Eco-School)

International School of Eco-Volunteers project consortium:
Lead partner: Center for Environmental Initiatives "Clean Arctic" (Russia)
Project partners:
Murmansk State Technical University (Russia),
Storvik Consult (Russia)
United Borders (Finland),
Taibola Norway (Norway),
The total project budget: 63 000 euro. The project is funded by Kolarctic CBC 2014-2020.
MSTU project coordinator: Olga Barguz, senior coordinator of the International Cooperation Department

The objective of the project "International School of Eco-Volunteers" is to establish a platform for international training, networking and joint activities of eco-volunteers

The importance of volunteering is increasing throughout the world, and volunteering is becoming more and more popular. Support of volunteering is one of the key areas of human development and an important resource in the field of environmental protection and activities of the non-profit sector of the economy. Volunteering makes a significant contribution to the process of social development and education of the young generation, strengthening its spiritual and moral potential and development of environmental awareness among population.

Development of environmental volunteering is especially important for vulnerable Arctic regions and border areas. We have common environmental issues and they can be solved only via joint efforts and cooperation. Volunteers of our countries use a variety of work forms, which are determined by national programmes and needs, and are usually based on national and local experience. However, approaches to recruiting, training, and practical cooperation with volunteers in the northern regions of Finland, Norway and Russia are different. This is due to development peculiarities of our countries, practices of nature management, current environmental issues and problems, as well as cultural and national differences. In this regard, the experience exchange between our countries in the field of environmental volunteering, search for best practices, and networking to jointly resolve existing environmental problems is extremely useful. The experience exchange in implementing environmental programs and evaluation of promising ideas should increase attractiveness of environmental volunteering and its effectiveness in sustainable development in the field of nature conservation and environmental protection.

The expected results of the project:

The Project will produce a field-tested strategy for eco-volunteering activities based on international practices including recruitment, training and methodological materials, established international team of eco-volunteers and established network of organizations involved in cooperation with eco-volunteers in Russia, Finland and Norway.
All this will form a solid platform for future joint educational and practical environmental activities for eco-volunteers based on the best international practices in our northern regions. The partners of the project in all the three countries are actively involved in upbringing the eco-volunteers and aim at making the International School of Eco-Volunteers a good annual tradition.

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of MSTU and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

Updating date: 06.10.21