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The World Wetlands Day celebrated in Miory

Environmental activities dedicated to the World Wetlands Day were held in Miory, Viciebsk region. Such events as interactive classes, theatrical performances by local school children, games and quizzes were organized in partnership with the EU/UNDP project Support to the development of a comprehensive framework for international environmental cooperation in the Republic of Belarus by Miory Department of Education, teachers and students from Green Schools and Jeĺnia Reserve.

Each year teachers from Green Schools along with the representatives of the EU/UNDP project hold educational events at schools in Miory and Šarkaŭščyna districts. This year local school children staged a theatrical performance about preservation of wetlands and held various contests, quizzes and games for the attending children and adults. Moreover, all guests could once again admire the beauties of the unique landscape and learn many new and interesting facts about the flora and fauna of the Jeĺnia wetland presented in the two documentaries made within the EU/UNDP project. Also, schoolchildren from Šarkaŭščyna got to see the inside of the visitors’ center at Jeĺnia Reserve which was opened likewise within the above project in September 2013.

The purpose of the event is to draw the attention of the local population to the problem of biodiversity preservation in the wetlands area, to educate students and teachers from Miory and Šarkaŭščyna districts about the flora and fauna of Jeĺnia Reserve and to foster environmental awareness among adolescents.

Background information:

The Jeĺnia Wetland in one of the largest high bogs in Belarus and Europe with over 100 lakes located in its territory. The area is famous for its abundant cranberry, swamp blueberry and cowberry harvests. Thanks to its enormous size the Jeĺnia Wetland is a safe overnight resting place for geese and cranes migrating from Scandinavia and Russia through Belarus for the winter. Jeĺnia is a Ramsar site, an area important for birds.

The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat (the Ramsar Convention) was signed in Ramsar, Iran, on February 2, 1971. The purpose of the Ramsar Convention lies in the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands of international importance. Currently the Convention has 168 Contracting parties, including Belarus which acceded the treaty in 1999. On joining the Convention the country assumes the obligations to preserve the Ramsar Sites and the waterfowls living there.

The documentary Jeĺnia is the largest wetland in Belarus can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaUV4gVAko0

The documentary Jeĺnia, Home to Cranes can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWWpdECFxV0

For more detailed information please contact us by phone: +375172679623, +375447865556 or by e-mail: . Contact person – Elena Sedach, Project PR-specialist.

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