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Ecological actions at project sites in Kazakhstan

In the first half of 2009, ecological lessons and actions were conducted at the SCWP sites in Kazakhstan by teachers and trainers, specialists of the department of environmental education of the Naurzum Reserve, and experts of the "White Crane" Resource – Information Centre NGO. The events were "March of Parks - 2009," spring action "Native Land of the Tulip is Kazakhstan," "Earth Day" and "Biodiversity Conservation Day".

Student performance of a Siberian Crane chick in Avangard Village.

Inhabitants of Naurzum, Aulekol and Kamystin districts had been waiting and preparing for these actions for the whole year. "Young Ecologists" from Zhambyl and Dokuchaev secondary schools prepared an awareness raising and holiday program, which they realized jointly with the deputy director of the Naurzum Reserve, M. Zeinelova, as the leader of the activity, specialists of the department of environmental education of the Naurzum Reserve, and experts of the "White Crane" Resource – Information Centre visiting villages and schools of the district.

The funds collected during the "March of Parks - 2009" action will be used for organization of an ecological summer camp, which is organized on the territory of the Naurzum Reserve every year.

The holiday began with the hymn "Aul - Karamendy," and then the trainers told about the history of the holiday, its goals and task and recited rhymes on protection of native nature:

Let’s protect these lands, these waters and even a blade of grass with love.
Let’s protect all beasts inside the nature,
And kill beasts inside themselves only!

Also agitation rhymes were recited, calling people to take stock in hands and to clean a small area, at least, where they were born, live and work. "I begin with myself!”. Children sang songs and told proverb about careful attitude of a people to nature. All activity was aimed at development of a feeling of responsibility for the natural environment.

Student play "Native Land of the Tulip is Kazakhstan"

The concert was followed by "Tulip" performance (above).  The performance was dedicated to a lost Tulip, which a group of animals were looking for to show it to the children. The animals of the performance were - a Hare, a Wolf and a Siberian Crane, which flew from a distant country to the native land of Tulip to look at the most beautiful flower in the world, about which it heard much.

On the way to the lost flower the animals come to different countries of the world and also to cold Antarctic and hot Africa, meet with aboriginals, learn of their ecological problems beginning from glacier melting to global warming and tried to help them. At the end of the performance the animals meet old wise Turtle, which told them about the former purity of the pond and the importance of wetland conservation, where it had been living for the second century and that for the last decades "the pond became full of brown pond scum".

The animals helped the old turtle to clean the pond. The old wise turtle told them where they should search for the flower and they found the flower in their native land. For the time, when they were absent, the nature had changed, it had become more beautiful, and they admired singing of birds, spring blossoming and flight of colorful butterflies. And among plenty of various flowers, they had found the flower - a symbol of the Spring time.

The Tulip told the children about the reason, why it had become so rare. Because of careless attitude of people, it became difficult to find it. The full variety of it remained in protected areas only, for instance, in Naurzum Reserve. And it called on mankind to treat nature carefully: "Tearing off a petal of a flower, one does not obtain its beauty". The theatrical performance was accompanied by signing and dancing.

At each school, they waited for the arrival of "Young Ecologists", who come to them with a holiday program every spring. They not only waited, but also prepared a concert by themselves. The schoolchildren from various schools recited poems composed by themselves, performed plays and sang ditties on ecological problems for the delegation and their leaders.

At each school, stands with drawings and posters and exhibitions of articles made by them, were demonstrated. The school directors were delivered small souvenirs in the form of calendars and diplomas of gratitude for the participation in the "March of Parks - 2008". The Naurzum Reserve presented them with posters on the nature of the native land, brochures and calendars, and showed the film "Flora and Fauna Kingdom of Naurzum" prepared within the framework of the UNEP/GEF Siberian Crane Wetland Project.

On the 22nd of April, on "Earth Day", a holiday meeting and a concert program previously performed at many schools was organized on the central square of Karamendy village. The staff from all state institutions gathered on the square carrying slogans. The event was organized by the employees of the "Naurzum State Natural Reserve" SI under the auspices of "Arman" Cultural - leisure Centre.  Upon completion of the concert program a large column of people moved along the streets of the village with slogans calling the inhabitants to come out to clean their House – the Earth planet. The event was broadcast by TV-radio companies in news programs.

All ecological actions were organized with the motto: "the Earth is our value, the cradle of our ancestors and the whole mankind. It provided us with shelter and food, and we are a part of it, and, when making harm to it, first of all, we make harm to ourselves!"

For more information, please contact:

K Timoshenko
Specialist on environmental education
Naurzum SNR, member of “BIONET” NGO
Yekaterina Salyutina,
Project expert on public participation
Astana city, tel./fax: 8-717-2-53-66-56
E-mail: vera.inyutina@mail.ru

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