Volunteering the Siberian Ecological Centre

Originally posted in the spring 2011 newsletter by Rebecca Roby The Siberian Ecological Center (Sib-Eco Center) is a lively and highly motivated environmental NGO based in Siberia, Novosibirsk. This is where I am currently volunteering as an ‘Eco Warrior’ whilst also studying part time at the university. First let me divulge a little about the […]

Georgia: Deforestation and Kvemo Svaneti

Originally posted in the spring 2011 newsletter by Humfrey Legge Kvemo Svaneti is located in the north-west of Georgia and borders the disputed, and currently Russian-controlled, Abkhazia. The region, one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse in a country famed for its beauty and biological diversity, is home to the Svanetian people. Svans, despite […]

Conflicts in the Russian Far East: Forests, tigers and the Udege people

Originally posted in the spring 2011 newsletter by Katy The Udege Legend National Park is situated in the Krasnoarmeiskiy Region of the Sikhote Alin Mountains, Russian Far East. The area is mountainous temperate forest with Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis) as a key species and has a rich biodiversity. It is home to some of the […]

Welcome to Buryatia

Originally posted in the spring 2011 newsletter by Mark Johnson Buryatia (or the Buryat Republic as it is known in Russia) forms the spiritual home of the Buryat people, the most prominent and populous ethnic minority group in Siberia (with a total population of 436,000). Straddling part of the area formerly known as Trans-Baikalia (the […]

2011 spring update

Originally posted in spring 2011 by Katy Our activities have gone from strength to strength recently. In October 2010 LEWE members travelled overland from the UK to Siberia to coordinate a training course on volunteering with environmental NGOs which we hope will strengthen and improve our volunteering programmes and support for European Voluntary Service (EVS) […]

Talk at Exeter University: Forestry, the environment and volunteering in Siberia

A presentation/discussion event focusing on the environment (especially forestry) and volunteering in Siberia. Includes presentations by former European Voluntary Service (EVS) participants on their experiences volunteering for Siberian Environmental NGOs. Everyone also sampled some delicious Siberian Wilds herbal tea! Date: Monday 21st March, 2010, 17.30-19.30 Venue: Lecture Theatre 6.1, Queens Building, Exeter University

Education for Sustainability Training Course in Bristol

Originally posted in autumn 2009 An international group of 15 environmental educators visited the UK from 1-8th Sept 2009 to learn about ‘education for sustainability’ and practical demonstration eco-centres. The group, representing NGOs and environmental organisations from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Portugal, together with British participants and coordinators, spent 3 days […]