- Plan and conduct joint water (Volga River) related activities (particularly dealing with World Heritage natural sites and biosphere reserve sites) and those dealing with the economic, environmental, social and cultural implications for sustainable development;

- Explore the effective use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in support of quality education; and

- Foster a dialogue between students and scientists as well as an intercultural dialogue amongst youth from the different countries involved in the Project


Numerous activities were conducted by more than 200 schools participating in the Project. These were presented and discussed at the following four major events:

- Regional Youth Forum on “Sustainable Development and World Heritage” (cultural implications), Helsinki, Finland, 9 to 12 June 2005 

- Regional Workshop on “Sustainable Development and World Heritage: Preservation of the Environment”, Bucharest, Romania, 28 to 31 July 2005 

-Regional Seminar “The Great Volga River Route: a scientific approach—ASPnet schools, scientists and World Heritage experts working together”, Novorossiysk, Russian Federation, 3 to 5 November 2005  

- Inter-regional Forum “Along the Great Volga River Route: Young People Set Sail to Explore World Heritage, Sustainable Development and ICTs”, held aboard the cruise ship Georgy Checherin from Moscow to Yaroslavl, 16 to 21 May 2006


Students and teachers from all 16 participating countries took part in this unique GVRR educational and cultural river cruise. It comprised a wide range of educational activities including field trips to enable students to explore various World Heritage sites and to take stock of concrete sustainable development issues.

A number of workshops were held onboard which permitted students, teachers and scientists to exchange their views on activities conducted and to make proposals for sustainable solutions in response to the environmental challenges at the local and inter-regional levels.

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