Minsk has got its own Green Map, Arnika helped with the creation
MINSK/PRAGUE - 23 April 2013
Arnika helped with the creation of the Green Map and also an environmental information centre in the capital of Belarus, Minsk. In this application (for smartphones) people can find for example where to dispose of old electronic equipment for it to be professionally managed with minimum environmental impact. The information centre has already helped more than 450 citizens. Inhabitants of Minsk use predominantly the telephone for their inquiries. Such inquiries and issues provided the source material for the Green Map creation and setting up.
"Consumer kinds of questions are the most frequent, such as where to throw out old refrigerators, televisions or discharged batteries. The Green Map application was launched to improve navigation for the people. This interactive map of Minsk shows locations, where people can dispose of no longer used equipment. Not only household equipment can be deposited, but also sorted waste, old furniture or even books." explicated Deputy Director of Belarus Centre for Environmental Solutions Evgeny Lobanov.
To achieve the most efficient and readily available way of informing people about salvage points, modern technology of interactive map was implemented. This technology gives access to everybody, who needs the information, via smartphone. Also a website was launched as a part of a consulting and information centre. It informs consumers about so called chemical security – it includes, among other things, correct handling of waste. Concretely it offers novelties in the field, various manuals or books about waste and toxic substances.
"We are glad to help our Belarusian colleagues by sharing our experiences from running our own environmental information and consulting centre Arnika, which has been operating for many years. I remember the time, when civil society has only been developing in the Czech Republic. In these times, foreign instructors and consultants visited us and taught us. Today we can partially return the favour by sharing their experiences with others." says about the project background Project manager Martin Skalský from Arnika Association.
The information and consulting centre was founded as a part of an international partnership project supported by European Union, Czech Development Agency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was launched at the beginning of 2012.