Stretching - from the boreal wilderness of northern Karelia
to the soft meadows of western Estonia,
to all well-wishers,
residents of the Gulf of Finland Basin are proud to present
the great lakes of Onega, Ladoga, Ilmen and Peipsi, and
the whole Finnish Lake District.
Providing the Baltic with a quarter of all sweet water,
the four great rivers -
the untraceable Kymi and the powerful Neva,
the luxurious Luga and the sorrowful Narva,
whose throat was cut in the 1950ies,
did make, once upon a time,
the Gulf of Finland a highly-productive, estuarine eco-system.
Plum in the middle of this priceless oyster,
what the authorities in St. Petersburg think about
environmental education . . matters very much
to Finland and Estonia, and not least to Muscovy.
As regular workers, great artists and global citizens,
as members of the European Union and Russian Federation,
as proud Finns and Estlanders,
we may turn our heads this way or that, but
if we reside in this basin we are nothing if not . .
residents first and foremost of the Gulf of Finland Community.