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The "Basin Coun­cil of the North Kare­lia Coast" is a forum for all cit­izens in­ter­ested in sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. It aims to pro­mote the ex­change of in­form­a­tion and raise aware­ness of coastal man­age­ment, nature con­ser­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment. To this end, pro­jects for nature con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment are im­ple­men­ted and en­vir­on­mental edu­ca­tion is con­duc­ted.

The Basin Coun­cil is a non-profit or­gan­isa­tion, foun­ded in 2003 with the sup­port of WWF Rus­sia and the Light­house Found­a­tion. The Basin Coun­cil has some 100 mem­bers, primar­ily act­ive cit­izens from the Chupa Re­gion on the White Sea: Fish­er­men, teach­ers, busi­ness men and wo­men, rep­res­ent­at­ives from local gov­ern­ment. There is close co-op­er­a­tion with local gov­ern­ment, the of­fi­cial bod­ies of the Re­pub­lic of Kare­lia, sci­entific in­sti­tu­tions on the White Sea such as the Uni­versit­ies of Mo­scow, St. Peters­burg and Pet­roza­vodsk bio­lo­gical sta­tions as well as the Zo­olo­gical In­sti­tute of the Rus­sian Academy of Sci­ences. The Basin Coun­cil is also de­vel­op­ing con­tacts with the Finnish com­munity of Taivalkoski.

With its own pro­jects and ini­ti­at­ives around the core of the Basin Coun­cil, the re­mote re­gion con­tin­ues to evolve.

In 2018, the pro­ject will con­trib­ute to the form­a­tion of a self-re­spons­ible re­gional de­vel­op­ment and sup­port the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the pro­tec­tion strategy of the Bar­ents Sea Eco­re­gion, which is part of the en­gage­ment of WWF Rus­sia. Stra­tegic ob­ject­ives for the Greater Bar­ents Sea as well as for the Chupa re­gion are the pro­tec­tion and res­tor­a­tion of nat­ural eco­sys­tem pro­cesses and func­tions in or­der to pre­serve the di­verse com­munit­ies, the pro­mo­tion of civil so­ci­ety and the pos­sib­il­it­ies of al­tern­at­ive, sus­tain­able farm­ing by e.g. en­vir­on­ment­ally sound tour­ism, small scale coastal fish­er­ies and sus­tain­able forestry. At the same time, ex­per­i­ences will be gathered with the es­tab­lish­ment of mar­ine pro­tec­ted areas in Rus­sia and mod­els for the in­tro­duc­tion of par­ti­cip­at­ory ap­proaches in coastal zone man­age­ment will be de­veloped.

2016 -2018

  • Un­der the um­brella of the Basin Coun­cil, an volontary group of nature con­ser­va­tion in­spect­ors was formed un­der the lead­er­ship of a full-time in­spector. Their tasks in­clude the know­ledge and con­trol of spe­cially pro­tec­ted nat­ural areas and the en­force­ment of con­ser­va­tion status.
  • Plan­ning the con­struc­tion of wastewa­ter treat­ment plants with gov­ern­ment sup­port to treat 260,000 cu­bic metres of wastewa­ter in Chupa.
  • Nature con­ser­va­tion meas­ures on the Var­zuga River.
  • Nu­mer­ous edu­ca­tional events for chil­dren, ad­oles­cents and adults.
  • Or­gan­isa­tion of the 5th in­ter­na­tional sci­entific and prac­tice-ori­ented con­fer­ence "Nat­ural and Cul­tural Her­it­age of the White Sea".
  • Plan­ning for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the cul­tural in­fra­struc­ture in Chupa: Es­tab­lish­ment of a geo-cen­ter in a cent­ral ad­min­is­trat­ive build­ing as a mu­seum on the his­tory and geo­logy of the re­gion, us­ing an old mill com­plex for cul­tural and tour­ist pur­poses.
  • Or­gan­iz­a­tion of the fourth In­ter­na­tional Sci­ence Con­fer­ence on the Cul­tural Her­it­age of the White Sea.
  • Re­vival of tra­di­tional tech­niques for salt ex­trac­tion from sea­wa­ter and its mar­ket­ing in the tour­ist sec­tor.
  • Or­gan­iz­a­tion of a con­fer­ence on the pro­tec­tion and re­gen­er­a­tion of At­lantic sal­mon in the rivers of Kare­lia.
  • Pre­par­a­tion of a study on the es­tab­lish­ment of a geo­lo­gical monu­ment of re­gional im­port­ance.
  • Or­gan­iz­a­tion of the in­ter­re­gional regatta "Kan­dalak­sha Bay Cup"
  • Or­gan­iz­a­tion of the third con­fer­ence on the "Nat­ural and Cul­tural Her­it­age of the White Sea".
  • Prac­tical sup­port and par­ti­cip­a­tion in the fest­ival "White Noise" in Chupa.
  • The prac­tical sup­port of the chil­dren's leis­ure "Gold of the White Sea".
  • In­vest­ig­a­tion of dif­fer­ent rivers as hab­itat of the European fresh­wa­ter pearl mus­sel.
  • Sup­port of local ini­ti­at­ives in the de­vel­op­ment of tour­ism of­fers.
  • Meet­ings and "round tables" with stake­hold­ers in sus­tain­able tour­ism.

2011 - 2015

  • The Basin Coun­cil has evolved into an in­sti­tu­tion and is now a con­tact point for tour­ists and the or­gan­iz­a­tional base in pro­ject im­ple­ment­a­tion. The Board of Dir­ect­ors, as a per­man­ent ad­vis­ory body to the or­gan­iz­a­tion, re­as­sembled in 2011
  • Car­ry­ing out a pi­lot pro­ject on biowaste
  • Chupa Yacht Club in­tro­duces stu­dents to sport and Kare­li­a's nature
  • Vari­ous train­ing and fur­ther edu­ca­tion op­por­tun­it­ies for stu­dents, nature guides
  • Im­prove­ment of the vis­itor guid­ance in­fra­struc­ture in the pro­tec­ted areas of the re­gion
  • Par­ti­cip­a­tion of the Basin Coun­cil in the es­tab­lish­ment of new pro­tec­ted areas
  • Agree­ment on an eco-trail in Let­naya Bay
  • Es­tab­lish­ment of a trekking route on the his­toric post of­fice
  • Ar­chae­olo­gical ex­ped­i­tions and in­vest­ig­a­tions and pub­lic­a­tion of cul­tural his­tor­ical doc­u­ments
  • Concept for a local his­tory mu­seum and a geo­lo­gical ex­hib­i­tion
  • Pre­par­a­tion and real­iz­a­tion of the ethno-cul­tural fest­ival "White Noise".
  • Vari­ous ex­hib­i­tions, sports com­pet­i­tions and lec­tures as a con­tri­bu­tion to cul­tural life in the re­gion
  • In­ter­na­tional ex­change of ex­per­i­ence with Slow­fish in Genoa, Italy
  • Activ­it­ies of the Basin Coun­cil are con­sidered non-polit­ical and no signs of a "for­eign agent" are re­vealed. The work of the Basin Coun­cil was re­cog­nized by the Rus­sian Min­istry of Justice as be­ing of pub­lic be­ne­fit and so­cial ori­ent­a­tion.

2003 - 2010

chupa in 2003

  • SWOT Ana­lysis of Strengths and Weak­nesses and Op­por­tun­it­ies and Threats for the in­tro­duc­tion of sus­tain­able re­source man­age­ment with the par­ti­cip­a­tion of the pop­u­la­tion on the coast of Kare­lia.
  • Form­a­tion of a coastal coun­cil
  • Es­tab­lish­ment of an ini­ti­at­ive cen­ter as a re­gional meet­ing point in Chupa
  • Of­fer of out­door eco­lo­gical courses for chil­dren and the pub­lic­a­tion bro­chures on the re­gional en­vir­on­ment for tour­ists
  • In­volving the young gen­er­a­tion in re­gional sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in sum­mer eco-school
  • In­crease em­ploy­ment in tour­ism through part­ner­ship with tour op­er­at­ors
  • Pro­cess for the design of a nature park with the par­ti­cip­a­tion of the mu­ni­cip­al­it­ies in plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment
  • First ap­proaches for tour­ist activ­it­ies in diving and sail­ing
  • Stud­ies on the im­pact of tour­ism on coastal land­scapes and the po­ten­tial of the coast for nature tour­ism
  • Pro­cure­ment of fin­an­cial re­sources for a garbage truck and its op­er­a­tion in co­oper­a­tion with the mu­ni­cipal ad­min­is­tra­tion
  • Im­prove­ment of mu­ni­cipal ad­min­is­tra­tion and spa­tial plan­ning in Chupa,
  • Or­gan­iz­a­tion of sem­inars for local fish­er­men on legal and sci­entific back­ground
  • Pro­fes­sional and re­cre­ational fish­er­men or­gan­ize them­selves un­der the aus­pices of the Basin Coun­cil
  • Ini­ti­at­ive for the re­or­gan­iz­a­tion of fish­er­ies in coastal wa­ters of Kare­lia with re­gard to fish­ing zones, fish­ing rights, quotas and quota shar­ing
  • Self-or­gan­iz­a­tion of ar­tis­anal fish­ing and se­cur­ing their rights in some fish­ing zone



Ba­sin Coun­cil
Juri Ry­ba­kow
186670, Rus­sia, Re­pu­blic of Ka­re­lia,
Loukhi district, Chu­pa set­t­le­ment,
Kor­guev Str. 7
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The project was financed with the support of

Earth's oceans are what give our planet its iden­tity - the blue planet, the wa­tery globe. They are the cradle of life, the re­gion with the highest level of biod­iversity we know, an ir­re­place­able source of food, a source and a stor­age cham­ber in world-scale chem­ical and en­ergy cycles, the en­gine of earth's cli­mate.

The Light­house Found­a­tion sup­ports in­teg­rated and long-term ap­proaches in the re­la­tion­ship between hu­mans and the mar­ine en­vir­on­ment within the con­text of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

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