• The “Green” Gymnasium in Smarhoń

    This story has two heroes. One of them is Sergey Makhnach, who lives in the suburbs and commutes to the center of Smarhoń to study (a town in Hrodna region). In summer, Sergey goes to school by bicycle, in winter he has to go to the bus stop, the bus runs once an hour. Sergey is not complaining. The gymnasium where he studies has turned out to be not a simple one, and it also deserves to be the hero of the publication. But first things first. The first thing we get to see in the lobby of the gymnasium is the collection point for used batteries. In fact, this…

  • Olga Zakharova: “Essentially, it is just the day before yesterday that we began to agree on what we would do with our environmental impact”

    What were the European states, including Belarus, alarmed about that in 1998 the countries decided to sign the Aarhus Convention? Why is this UNECE convention called the main international document on environmental law? We bring to your attention the speech of Olga Zakharova, who heads the Aarhus Center of the Republic of Belarus. The global issues raised in this speech at the 2018 Conference on environmental friendliness in Belarus, concern each and every one of us. “We do have evidence even from the antique times that people were thinking about their impact on the environment. However, the environmental problems exacerbated a bit more than 100 years ago during the industrial…

  • The winners of the Contest for establishing environmental monitoring clubs in “Green Schools” have been announced!

    The Contest for obtaining support for establishing environmental monitoring clubs based in “Green Schools” was held among educational institutions within the framework of the Project “Civic Engagement in Environmental Monitoring and Improving Environmental Management at the Local Level”. The environmental monitoring clubs based in “Green Schools” will help to increase accessibility of environmental information to population, facilitate civic engagement in environmental monitoring, involve the population into addressing environmental problems in the region, and will also ensure interaction between educational institutions, local authorities, and NGOs operating in the field of environmental protection and rational use of natural resources. The environmental monitoring clubs based in “Green Schools” will work in cooperation with…

  • Green Schools for Preschoolers

    Publication source – Nastaŭnickaja Hazieta   Author – Sviatlana Nikifarava. The national environmental education project “Green Schools” is expanding: now preschool education institutions join in. The seminar for 70 teachers working with children aged 5-7 in kindergartens of the country, was held recently in the Academy of Postgraduate Education. During the meeting, the teachers had the possibility to assess the results of the environmental program “Green Schools” in Belarus, exchange experience and developments, as well as outline further environmental development in their institutions. The “Green Schools” programme is an important component of the “Ecomonitoring" Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of…

  • The number of trees in Brest Millennium Park has increased

    Vika and Dasha planted tree seedlings in Brest Millennium Park during the “Green Future of Belarus” campaign, together with the UNDP and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. The girls would like to decorate their home city, which will soon turn 1000 years old, and also to support the “Green Schools” movement in Belarus. Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Alexander Korbut noted that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection pursues the policy of preserving each tree, and the Chairperson of the Brest Regional Executive Committee Anatoly Lis highlighted that such actions demonstrate the attitude of local residents to nature. UNDP Programme Officer Igor Tchoulba…

  • The winners of the Contest for establishing resource centers for “Green Schools” have been announced!

    The Contest for obtaining support for establishing regional auxiliary resource centers for “Green Schools” was held among educational institutions from 30 August until 27 September, 2018 within the framework of the Project “Civic Engagement in Environmental Monitoring and Improving Environmental Management at the Local Level”. The Project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Republic of Belarus. The project aims at effective and inclusive environmental management at the local level, environmental risks monitoring, exchange with environmental information, in particular, in the field of ambient air quality. The regional auxiliary resource centers for “Green…

  • Schoolchildren have come up with an eco-action and traced the pathway of waste

    Schoolchildren have come up with an eco-action and traced the pathway of waste About 70 schoolchildren and teachers in Belarus are participating in the environmental action “Clean planet: the mission is possible”. The gymnasium No. 19 in Minsk initiated the action. The idea was supported by the National Centre for Ecology and Local Studies, Barysaŭ Center for Ecology and Tourism, Smarhoń gymnasium, Minsk gymnasium No. 33, National Rehabilitation Centre for Children with Disabilities. The organizer of the action is the Project “Civic Engagement in Environmental Monitoring and Improving Environmental Management at the Local Level” (“Green Schools”). The Project funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development…

  • A new project is launched in Belarus with the financial support of the EU, which will help to create a network of “Green Schools” in the country and expand ambient air monitoring

    A four-year international technical assistance project is launched in Belarus, aimed at expanding monitoring of the quality of the environment, primarily ambient air through building the capacity of the “Green Schools” network. The Project “Civic Engagement in Environmental Monitoring and Improving Environmental Management at the Local Level” (“Green Schools”) will cover all the six regions of Belarus and the city of Minsk and will be funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in Belarus in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus. The Project budget is 3.5 million euro. Nowadays, environmental safety is an urgent need,…