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Regional public organization Baikal information center «Gran» (Russia, Republic of Buryatia)



Contact information:

670000, Ulan-Ude, Borsoeva st, 9-1

Tel. / Fax: +7 (3012) 21-70-73



Director: Nina Dagbaeva Zhamsuevna

Year of establishment: 19 July 1999

The purposes of establishment: organization created from the experts of the International TACIS project "Promoting environmental awareness and social awareness at the Baikal region" (1998-2000).

Main activities

- Environmental education and social activities;

- Environmental enlightenment and education;

- Ensuring public access to information about Lake Baikal in the region;

- Collection, processing and dissemination of environmental information to the general public.

Baikal Information Center "Gran" took part:

- As a partner of the international network "Living Lakes", under the aegis of Global Fund for Nature;

- Partner of several international organizations;

- Participant of all international conferences "Living Lakes", where were the modern experience of environmental education and intercultural communication in the region and the world, and environmental projects have been presented;

- The initiator and executor of a number of major international ecological educational projects. Members of "Gran" visited the forums in Germany, USA, Japan, Mexico, Hungary, China, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and other countries, where invariably represented Buryatia as a territory open to innovation.

Implementation of projects

In 1999-2000. - International Project TACIS program "Environmental awareness and public awareness of Baikal region";

2000 - project for the Prevention of Pollution by DDT the Selenga River;

2000 - project "Ecological and educational environment of Baikal region";

2001 - publication of an illustrated magazine with environmental information "Grani Baikala" (Edges of Baikal);

2001 - VI International Conference "Living Lakes";

2001-2013. - Days of Lake Baikal;

From 2002-2004. - International network ecological project "Water for Life";

2002 - Environmental Project "Selenga - Baikal artery";

2003 - project "Children's electronic journal "Toonto Nyutag";

2003-2005 - "Summer volunteer camp« Summer Nature Camp »;

2004-2013 - International school exchange "Biological and cultural diversity of regions".

The period 2005-2009. - City program on environmental education, education and public awareness of Ulan-Ude;

2005 - Internet project "Barn Swallow";

2006 - contest "Eco-positive";

2006-2007,. - "Green vs. Gray";

2007 - grant competition "The best eco-education program;

2007 - Project "Ecoweek: competition among urban libraries";

2008 - socio-ecological project "soup and porridge - our food";

2008 - The International Telecommunication Project "Green Sails of Siberian larch";

2008 - pilot project "Selective waste collection in the educational institutions of Ulan-Ude";

2008 - Environmental Photo Contest "Beware of junk!";

2008 - Telecommunication Project "Green wealth of the city";

2009 - The organization and holding of an international Russian-German conference "Living Lakes - 10 years of partnership at Lake Baikal: opportunities and challenges for a sustainable future of man and the lake";

2010 - The project "Baikal craftsmen";

In 2010-2012. - The creation of teaching materials "Baikal Box" for students of primary and secondary school age;

For 2010-2013. - Grant project "Every drop matters - Lake Baikal" with the support of the UN Development Programme and Coca-Cola Company;

For 2011-2013. - Film Festival on the Environment «H2O - Baikal";

2012 - Project "to hear and understand each other";

2013 - a joint project with the GNF and the National Museum of the Republic of Buryatia "Why Baikal seal crying?"

Results, Lessons, and Prospects

Fourteen years of successful implementation of innovative environmental education and social projects. These innovations have been widely accepted in a number of countries. NGO’s from Germany, Japan, United States and other countries are eager to invite us to various conferences and forums in order to share our experience.

We believe that during such cooperation the global world becomes even closer. The lessons learned from our work: only enthusiasm and positive attitude helps in the work. The main directions for the future: the development of social partnership and the ability to find like-minded people, to identify weak points in the social and environmental development of our region and assist to our citizens, children, and nature.

Working with children (investments in the environment and childhood - it's a win-win investment).

Support innovative approaches in the environmental and intercultural education (development of new concepts and enrich their own practices).

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