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International Mother Earth Day Marked by Environmental Actions with the Participation of the United Nations
Two environmental actions dedicated to International Mother Earth Day were held in the Cherven District of the Minsk Region on April 22 by the EC/UNDP environmental project “Support to Environment and Sustainable Development in Belarus” and the UNDP/GEF project “Renaturalization and Sustainable Management of Peatlands in Belarus to Combat Land Degradation, Mitigate Climate Change and Ensure Conservation of Globally Valuable Biodiversity”.
The action participants at Galoe raised mire in the Cherven District – UN/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Antonius Broek, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Anatoly Lis, heads of the Cherven District executive authorities, Cherven District Forestry, personnel of the United Nations Development Programme and the Department of Public Information, as well as representatives of national mass media – reinforced one of the closing dikes at a draining canal with their own hands, which will allow to reduce the outflow of water from the mire and restore its hydrological regime in the future.
In addition to completing a concrete environmental task, the action participants attempted to attract public attention to the issue of rehabilitation and subsequent management of depleted peatlands and other degraded mires, as well as to the re–waterlogging of such areas.
“This small action is of great regional significance as it helps local communities to finds ways of addressing such environmental challenges as biodiversity conservation, СО2 emissions reduction and land degradation,” said UN/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Antonius Broek during his speech at the outset of the action.
A second action took place on the Volma Fish Farm premises that are of special value to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity because they are inhabited with the black stork and other rare animal species that are listed in the Red Book. During the action – attended by schoolchildren from the Valevachy Secondary School of Ecology and representatives of the UNDP and European Union – segregated garbage collection was followed by environmental games and contests. The most active action participants were awarded with prizes by the EC/UNDP project.
The action will facilitate improved public awareness of the issues of segregated garbage collection and environmental monitoring. Among others, the following guests took part in the action and delivered opening speeches: UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Belarus Farid Garakhanov, Attaché/Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to Belarus Janis Aizsalnieks, Head of the Information Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources Veronika Varavko.
International Mother Earth Day was proclaimed in a resolution of the UN General Assembly in 2009 in recognition of the fact that the Earth is our shared home and that in order to achieve a fair balance between the economic, social and environmental needs of the current and future generations it is necessary to facilitate harmony with nature and planet Earth.
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