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UNDP projects celebrated World Environment Day by holding two environmental actions

World Environment Day On June 5, when World Environment Day is celebrated, the projects of UNDP, GEF and the EU in Belarus held two environmental actions. They were aimed at the maintenance of the populations of rare wetland bird species and drawing attention to the problem of garbage collection in recreational areas.

The UNDP/GEF project s “Biodiversity” and “Peatlands-2” in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection organized an action “Let’s bring the rare birds back to their homes!” in Smalyavichy district (Minsk oblast). Its participants cleared the place of confluence of the Gaina and the Usyazh rivers from bushes. It helped to create the conditions for the formation of new breeding habitats of the Great Snipe included in the Red Data Book of Belarus. Boundary signs were installed around the place informing of the protected area regime. Special passports and projects of security commitments were made in order to protect the breeding habitats of the Great Snipe. Moreover the cleaning raised the attractiveness of the territory as a feeding ground for other protected species of birds such as the Black Stork, the White-tailed Eagle and the Lesser Spotted Eagle.

Another environmental action was held in the Hrodna region by the EU/UNDP “Eco-partnership” project in collaboration with the Hrodna Oblast Committee of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection and the Hrodna Region Executive Committee. The objective was drawing public attention to the problem of illegal disposal of household waste in recreational areas and maintaining of biodiversity of the Kotra’s riverside area.

The environmental action was opened by the Kotra Landscape Preserve tour and the award ceremony of the winners of the Eco-journey around Hrodna photo contest in which both amateurs and professionals took part. The contest was aimed at attracting attention of citizens of Hrodna City and region to the environmental problems. The action lasted more than two hours. More than 100 participants (university students, pupils of Skidzel schools №1 and №2, NGO representatives, local residents) gathered more than 2 700 kg of household waste on the Kotra’s riverside area (about 5 km).

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