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CoExist is a co-operation project between Finland and Russia that focuses on the coexistence of freshwater seals and humans. Other partners of the CoExist project lead by the University of Eastern Finland are Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finnish Association for Nature Conservation and Biologists for Nature Conservation in St. Petersburg. The project was implemented under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and co-financed by the European Union (EU).

The project produces a wide variety of information of the Saimaa and Ladoga ringed seals for environmental education purposes as well as for different stakeholders and authorities to support decision-making. The material published in the project can be found on this page.

Project summary

Communications and environmental education

Early childhood education and comprehensive education

  • Saimaa ringed seal themed exercise (FANC), in Finnish:

Comprehensive education grades 7-9 and upper secondary- and vocational education

Photo identification of the seals


  • Seal-friendly fishing on Lake Saimaa: Trawling (UEF), in Finnish/Russian:
  • Seal-friendly fishing on Lake Saimaa: Fish traps (UEF), in Finnish/Russian:
  • Seal-friendly fishing on Lake Saimaa: Recreational fishing (UEF), in Finnish/Russian:
  • How to build a seal-friendly small fish trap (FANC), in Finnish/Russian:

Tourism and seals