• 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…

  • 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,…