Study visit to Finland on the environmentally sound development of rural areas, October, 7-11, 2013

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The Study visit was took place on the 7 to 11 October 2013.
There were sixteen people attended the trip: experts and volunteers of the project SE 717 and three representatives of agricultural companies of Luga district, also. The delegation included: Oleg Lenski, chairman of the Committee for Economic and Agriculture Development, Administration of Luga municipal area, Olga Ermolova, a representative of the State Control Committee of Natural Resources and Environment  Security of Leningrad region, Vladislav Minin, Project Coordinator of SE 717. The visit was prepared and carried out by Finnish project partners.

October 8, the group was acquaintance with the Centre for Waste Management " Metsyasayrila " Mikkeli and the project " OPEN " ( Remote evaluation methods of ecological status of rural areas) .
October 9, the team visited a big exhibition - fair «KoneAgria» in Yuvyuskyulya http://www.koneagria.fi/index.php?page=home, and became acquainted with the activities of the company BioGT ( Specialty - biogas) .
October 10, The lectures were presented in the office department of the Institute of Agriculture and Food of Finland ( MTT ) in Mikkeli on the topics:
 "The role of municipalities in farming  development” , Harry Huhta , MTT ;
"Biogas on the farm ," Sami Luste, University of Applied Sciences in Mikkeli ;
" Rural development - case:" Mikkeli " Kari Mikkonen , Municipality Mikkeli .
October 11, Immatra city, an acquaintance with the development of agro-tourism in Finland.

Workshop on the results of the Study visit. It was noted that good work of Finnish organizers of the visit , but not all tasks were made ​​. By reasons beyond the control of the organizers failed to visit the farms and acquainted with the practical aspects of environmental safety of farm activity. Special thanks to Tuija Ranta-Korhonen, for her active work to organize the visit and for her work as interpreter during the visit, also.