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References Badejo, M. A. Seasonal abundance of soil mites (Acarina) in two contrasting environments // Biotropica. - 1990. - 22. - Р. 382-390. Ermilov, S. G. Characteristics of oribatid mites population of large industrial centre (Nizhny Novgorod city) : Abstract of the dissertation … candidate of science in biology. - Nizhniy Novgorod, 2004. - 21 p. - Russian : Ермилов С. Г. Особенности населения орибатидных клещей крупного промышленного центра (город Нижний Новгород). Ermilov, S. G., Chistyakov, M. P. Oribatid mites of lawns in an industrial centre (Nizhny


Species complexes of oribatid mites in soil and litter in 10 plots in green areas of different parts of Kyiv city in April-September 2011 were studied. In total, 107 species of 76 genera of 44 families of oribatids were found. Trends of seasonal fluctuations of species diversity and dominance structure of oribatids in studied plots were assessed.


The results of our own investigations as well as the literary data about ground beetle fauna of Gomel’ city are summarized in the article. The assessment of species composition and a wide range of carabidocomplexes ecological parameters have been examined. 131 ground beetles species have been detected for urbancenosis of Gomel’ city (41 per cent of species registered on the territory of the Republic of Belarus). In general, ground beetles of Gomel’ city are presented quite well in the Palearctic and their communitites are basically composed of field, meadow, and forest mesophilous and mesoxerophilous species but small in size populations in urbancenosis.

Participation of Environmental Science Students in an Open Discussion "Riga - European Green Capital"

Starting from the year 2010, each year one European city is selected as the European Green Capital of the year. The award is granted to a city that has a consistent record of achieving high environmental standards, and is committed to ongoing and ambitious goals for further environmental improvement and sustainable development, as well as can act as a role model to inspire other cities and promote best practices to other European cities. Riga participated in the competition once, but did not fulfill the conditions, therefore an open discussion "Riga - European Green Capital" was organized by a nongovernmental organization "Association of Environmental Science Students". The aim of the discussion was to develop suggestions for the Riga city council on how to win the title "European Green Capital". Students of technical and engineering sciences were involved in the discussion to give their vision on what is needed for the city to comply with all the criteria of the competition. Thus, another aim of the discussion was to promote collaboration between students and the Riga city council in terms of environmental thinking.

As a result of the discussion, a nine-page letter was prepared with recommendations to the Riga city mayor on how to develop the city in a sustainable manner and outlining benefits which could arise if the city of Riga got the title. However, the most important outcome of the discussion are the skills which students gained from the experience of presenting their ideas and discussing them with specialists of the specific field. This should help in further studies and work, as well as in individual professional development. The discussions were also a starting point for further collaboration between the Riga city council and students from the Association of Latvian Environmental Science Students.

] Shtyrkov, Sergey Anatol’yevich. 2013. Traditsionalistskiye dvizheniya b sovremennom severoosetinskom obshchestve i logika religioznogo natsionalizma. - Kavkazskiy gorod: potentsial etnokul’turnykh svyazey v urbanisticheskoy srede. Sankt-Peterburg: MAE RAN, 331-362. [Штырков, Сергей Анатольевич. 2013. Традиционалистские движения в современном северо-осетинском обществе и логика религиозного национализма. - Кавказский город: потенциал этнокультурных связей в урбанистической среде. Санкт-Петербург: МАЭ РАН, 331-362.] Siikala, Anna-Leena and Oleg Ulyashev. 2011. Hidden