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News. January 2013
In 2012, the Ural Regional Center (URC) of the Fund for Sustainable Development (FSD) has become the second winner of the regional contest of social projects
The Ural Regional Center (URC) of the Fund for Sustainable Development (FSD) has been active in Yekaterinburg since 1997 at the Center for Ecological Education and Information. During recent years, thanks to its close collaboration with FSD in carrying out programs and projects in the Ural Region, the Ural Regional Center, as other FSD Regional Centers, has turned into a resource center in the Urals – an NGO widely known in the region, having a multitude of partners, participating in many public activities and actively working with many funds and foundations.
While the significance of the concept of sustainable development is growing from year to year on a global level, environmental education is gradually becoming a priority area of a society’s development. One of the events in which URC takes an active part is the Parks March that annually attracts more than 100,000 participants. The goal of this international mass environmental activity, which was first conducted in Sverdlovskaya Oblast in 2000, is to enhance the status of specially protected nature areas.
Starting from 1995, the Center has been one of the organizers of national student environmental seminars aimed at creating conditions for contacts and knowledge sharing among students of various environmental specialties studying in the country’s higher education institutions. Traditionally, this project is funded by the Targeted Budget Environmental Fund of Sverdlovskaya Oblast under its Environmental Education Program. Staring from 2000, these seminars have been winning the support of international foundations, which attests to the good work of the Center in the sphere of environmental education. In 2012, the Eighteenth National Student Environmental Seminar was joined by over 80 students and graduate students from many regions of Russia, from Arkhangelsk to Birobijan.
In the course of the past 10 years, the Center has been working in the capacity of one of the five primary centers of Yekaterinburg Administration for mass environmental education among local residents, organizing activities and events for schoolchildren and taking part in social and environmental activities aimed at strengthening social partnerships (projects “Chose the Future of Your City!”, “Green Wave” and “Clean Chusovaya River”).
Larisa Strukova has been the director of the Center for Ecological Education and Information since its foundations.
In 2003, the Center received the Green Apple Award (Great Britain) for its long-term and fruitful cooperation with Community Environmental Educational Development (CEED), an NGO from Sunderland, and the implementation of education projects in Great Britain and Russia. In 2009, the Center took first place in the regional contest of NGO environmental projects (Parks March in Sverdlovskaya Oblast).
In 2012, the Center has become the second winner of the regional contest of social projects for its project “2012 National Student Environmental Seminar”.