This year has seen a surge in the number of environmental activities organized by children in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kirgizstan. They organize environmental clubs, meet ministers and win contests. WWF believes that their enthusiasm will help their parents become more environmentally aware.
This Three new WWF children clubs have been organized in the Turkestan district of Kazakhstan. Each one of them is specialized in a certain area of conservation: natural wild fruit and nut forests, Karatau mountain sheep and Bukhara deer. Children plant young trees of rare species, make handicrafts, organize conservation activities and take part in contests.
In Uzbekistan, winners of REC and UNDP drawing contest from children’s clubs, including WWF clubs, received their prizes at the meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Sustainable Development, and ministers of Central Asian states congratulated the winners. Eremurus, a youth movement actively involved in WWF projects, gave each Minister a gift – a sachet with seeds of Walnut, Pistachio, Almond and other trees, for them to grow the trees and a new way to treat the nature of their land.
In Kirgizstan, WWF organized a contest of children’s asphalt drawings in Atatyurk Park on June 5, the International Environment Day. Children also made a play based on an environmental fairy tale.
“WWF Central Asia Programme believes that environmental education for children is an indispensable part of nature conservation activities”, says Olga Pereladova, head of the Programme. “The most important goal of our work is to help people of Central Asia understand that taking care of their own nature is their own concern. We are not introducing anything new – we are just reviving what existed before, because unity with nature is one of the deepest national traditions of the people of Central Asia”.