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Baltic Sea web quiz will launch SOON!

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The Baltic Sea is the most polluted sea in the world because of its fragile barckish water ecosystems and many neighbouring countries with different protection schemes. Based on the HELCOM assesment, the biodiversity status is inadequate for most assessed species, and continued efforts to support biodiversity are of key importance. Also, the contamination status is elevated in all of the Baltic Sea, but some improving trends are seen (http://stateofthebalticsea.helcom.fi/).Since 2013, the national Baltic Sea Project coordinator of Estonia, has launced a web quiz to help school teachers and students develop their research & ICT skills and learn more about the Baltic Sea. It is supported by Republic of Eestonia - Ministry of Education and Research.The Baltic Sea web quiz will be launched on 1st of October. And everyone who want to take part can unswer till 30th of November. Participants need 45-60 minutes and a computer with sound options.This year will be the first time when we wil…

Cross-cultural encounters: connecting teachers across the Baltic Sea

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Connecting teachers and starting partnerships across the Baltic SeaNetworking webinar for BSP teachers in secondary education (students aged 13 – 18)Time:Tuesday October 27th 14– 17:00 and 
                Wednesday October 28th 14 – 17:00 (CET) Place:Online on TeamsOrganised by:UNESCO BSPRegistration (at latest October 14th): https://bit.ly/webinar272810
What is Baltic Sea Project?The Baltic Sea Project (BSP) is an international network of schools belonging to UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet)."As partners in UNESCO ASPnet School Network we belong to a global community of like-minded schools and connect, share knowledge and experiences and develop joint projects with tens of thousands of principals, teachers and students around the world." (UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet): Guide for Members, 2019)
Goal of the webinar 
As the General Coordinator (2018 - 2021) of BSP, Finland took the initiative to organize this webinar to support teachers’ cross-cultural col…

Baltic Sea Day activities at Kello School

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At the shores of the Baltic Sea  On the 27 August we celebrated the international Baltic Sea Day by taking the school kids from Kello school to the shores of the Baltic Sea, specifically to a small boat harbor in the northern Baltic Sea in Finland. Weather cooperated the whole day while me, Suvi and Toivo received one 6th or 7th class after another from morning till afternoon.

I am Essi Keskinen, a marine biologist at Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland. Our government organization Metsähallitus manages the state-owned land and water areas, national parks and conservation areas. My job is to do underwater marine species and habitat mapping and use that knowledge to try and best manage the Bothnian Bay underwater nature for future generations.

My colleague Suvi Saarnio from ELY-center (Center for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment) is a special planner and a marine specialist. Her job, in addition to underwater mapping, is to work in a Finnish-Swedish cooperation…

Bioblitz and iNaturalist tutorial video

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Check the BioBlitz tutorial video prepared by UNESCO BSP citizen science programme team coordinators  Link to the video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sgVrkTHKwE Baltic Sea Day on the 27th of August

JOIN the BioBlitz around the Baltic Sea on 27th of August 2020

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BioBlitz around the Baltic Seais a first citizen science mini-project within the Baltic Sea Project of UNESCO ASPnet that includes all the students and teachers from 9 countries, also their parents and friend, to discover the nature around them simultaneusly during one day, 27th of August 2020, using a smartphone app called iNaturalist and a nature watch method called "bioblitz".We invite all of you to take part of this celebration. Check out our Youtube video about how to take part of the BioBlitz:https://youtu.be/9sgVrkTHKwEOther iNaturalist original video tutorials can be found from here:https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/video+tutorialsThere will be prizes that will be given out for participants by random fortuna wheel.The Baltic Sea Day, launched by the John Nurminen Foundation, which is an annual day of celebration in honour of the sea. The objective of the day is to encourage people to enjoy the unique sea that belongs to us all, and to take concrete actions that benef…

From students into scientists – Citizen science at schools

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From observations to citizen science
“Observational data collected by crowdsourcing are called citizen observations. They are observations made on the observer's own initiative and on a voluntary basis on various topics observable in the environment and they have been submitted for common use. Observations can be made either on an individual citizen’s own initiative or they can be activities jointly agreed by different associations or groups…  Various targets and environmental monitoring applications can also be agreed to be used for observation. In that case, crowdsourcing and voluntary work may also be extended to ensure a sufficient number of observations to verify the accuracy of the observations or to summarize the observations. When also ordinary citizens are involved in asking research questions and drawing conclusions from summaries of findings, it can be called citizen science. Citizens’ observations are a part of citizen science.” (https://www.ymparisto.fi/fi-FI/Kansala…

How Covid-19 Inspired BSP

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The BSP coordinators’ meeting for this past spring had been scheduled to take place in Tallinn on 2-3 April. Due to the Covid-19 lockdowns in all participating countries, the exciting visits that the Estonian hosts had planned, were called off, and the key presentations and discussions that were part of the original seminar plan, were eventually delivered on-line.

Most of the Finnish BSP coordination group were planning to take part in the Tallinn meeting. With the corona pandemic escalating, we soon understood that it was not possible to convene anywhere – except on-line. Inspired by the giant leap taken by teachers and students to perform distance education as of mid-March, the Finnish team headed by the present BSP general coordinator Aira Undén-Selander, decided to suggest to the international coordinators of the BSP that the seminar should by no means be cancelled, but instead, it should be organised as a webinar. For me, this meant an unexpected chance to join the event, as I t…