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Youth involvement

St Petersburg

Detailed description of the Good Practice

The city of St Petersburg has paid special attention to young people’s participation. Supporting the UN Decade of education and sustainable development, the city has used a wide range of approaches involving the key sectors of the local communities. The aim is to provide young people with greater opportunities for active participation, decision making and being heard.

Excursions to enterprises and different organisations have given students opportunities to get familiar with the environmental impact of the industries, as well as future career opportunities. Leaders of these organisations, on the other hand, have increased their understanding of education of sustainable development, and reasons why working with youth is important.

  • youth involvement
  • socially sustainable development

Objectives of the Good Practice

Strengthen cross border and cross-sectoral cooperation, bringing new ideas and actions, as well as promote the concept of sustainable development at all levels.

Provide young people with greater opportunities for active participation, decision making and being heard.

Participants of the Good Practice

In practice, the work has been organised together with the city of Lahti, Finland, in a project “The city as a learning and healthier environment for young people.” 17 Finnish and Russian authorities, seven enterprises and 12 NGO’s have exchanged their experience in youth seminars, workshops and study visits to Finland.

More Details of the Good Practice

In a specific City and Youth program students met local decision makers, organization leaders, city authorities and mass media. During these meetings students have practically learned about life in the city, its problems, functions and development - and finally how local questions connected with global issues.

In February 2007 a study visit to Lahti was organised for Russian enterprises representatives. The experience of Finnish enterprises in delivering environmental information and services to citizens and youth, in particular, was the focal point. In return, Finnish enterprises discovered the ways that Russians work with the youth. A similar tour in St Petersburg consisted of the Children’s Environmental Center, the Museum of Water, South-West Water Treatment Plant and Environmental Center of Primorsky district.

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Contact details

Dr. Natalia I. Koryakina, Project coordinator
Kirill Sevenyuk, International Projects Manager
Vodokanal of St. Petersburg
Tel: +7 812 438 44 16
skirill@vodokanal.spb.ru

Data sources and references

Baltic Cities Environmental Bulletin 2/2007