The Provision of Information Support to the All-Ukrainian NGO Action, 'Living Water 2004. Common Actions'

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National Ecological Centre of Ukraine (NECU)
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Maria Shulima

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Kyiv, 01025
Tel: +38 044 2386260
Fax: +38 044 2386259
E-mail: necu@i.kiev.ua

Goal

The development of children's love for their motherland and for nature; conveying to children an understanding of what is essential to maintain the environmental health of a river.

Objectives

  • to ensure information support to the traditional one-week All-Ukrainian NGO action, “Living Water 2004. Common Actions”, co-ordinated and conducted by the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine in collaboration with the Ukrainian Rivers Network (URN);
  • to ensure the participation of the members of the URN (over 80 members), local public nature-protection organisations and individual activists, scientists, school environmental clubs, schoolchildren, students, etc.;
  • to give positive examples of the participation of the nature-conservation community and other members of the public in solving problems relating to economic activities on riverbanks and riverbank protection. 

Project Area

Ukraine

Results

Awareness-raising materials were produced and disseminated

An awareness-raising letter about the action, a questionnaire for the participants and a promotional booklet were produced. The letter explained the goal of the action and gave the dates when it would be held (one week, from 19 to 25 April 2004); it suggested possible ways of taking part. The leaflet emphasised the importance of conserving small rivers. It also described the problems and how they could be solved and contained an appeal to the reader to participate in the action as a first step towards helping the rivers of Ukraine.

The above-mentioned awareness-raising materials were sent to the members of the Ukrainian Rivers Network and other NGOs, to central and local media as well as to state institutions, in particular, to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and its regional departments, branches, oblast state administrations, and regional departments of the State Water Committee of Ukraine.

In order to co-ordinate NGO actions, regional co-ordinators were identified:

  • for the Western region - Mrs. Natalia Kovalchuk, "Ruthenia" Carpathian Ecological Club, Uzhgorod
  • for the Eastern region - Mr. Olexandr Bagin, "Green Movement of Donbass" Public Union, Gorlivka
  • for the Central region - Mrs. Alla Pleskach, "Green World", Cherkassy.

The co-ordinators undertook activities to inform the local authorities and local NGOs.

In the Western region, the NGOs collected relevant awareness-raising literature including guidelines to disseminate free of charge among the participants of the action. The literature included suggestions for awareness-raising material (developed earlier by members of "Ruthenia" Ecological Club or with their support), colouring books for schoolchildren, guidelines for biology teachers, and posters and booklets on the need to adopt a caring attitude towards rivers. The materials were disseminated in the schools and organisations where the action was conducted.

In the Eastern region, the NGOs prepared and disseminated booklets among environmental NGOs, the Water and Environmental Inspection, relevant departments in city councils in Donetska and Luganska Oblasts, and schools and libraries. Twenty-seven copies of the information were also disseminated electronically to NGOs, State Departments of Ecology and Natural Resources and the Press Club and to 57 addresses on the mailing list of the Ukrainian NGO Working Group on Environmental Education.

In the Central region, awareness-raising materials were disseminated among environmental NGOs, schools and technical institutes, and to People's Committees in Cherkassy, the Department of Ecology of the City Executive Committee and the State Department of the Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine.

NECU drew up an electronic mailing list for the Ukrainian Rivers Network, to including mailings about the action. The electronic mailing list is an important instrument for information exchange among the network's members. It permits not only the rapid sending of information but also the exchange of opinions about the most urgent problems affecting Ukrainian society.

 

Work was undertaken with the mass media

Articles were placed and interviews about river protection were conducted in the following central mass media: "Promin" radio (Kyiv), "Deutsche Welle" (Kyiv, Ternopil) and "Today" and "Weekly Mirror" newspapers (Kyiv). Journalists interviewed local participants in the action (Ternopilska Oblast, Donetska Oblast, Zakarpatska Oblast, etc).

Many local periodicals published articles about the action, namely the oblast environmental newspaper "Nash Kray" (Donetsk) and the newspapers "Stitoglyad" (Uzgorod), "New Day" (Boyarka, Kyiv Oblast) and "Goloprystansky News" (Gola Prystan, Kherson Oblast).

 

Action "Living Water 2004. Joint Actions"

The action was organised in almost all the oblasts in Ukraine (21 oblasts). There was wide public participation: by schoolchildren, college and university students, representatives of oblast and rayon administrations, water-management organisations, oblast-level bodies for environmental safety, teachers from different educational institutions, and representatives of the press, radio and NGOs (more than 3,000 people). In total, 65 organisations took part in the action: 39 NGOs, eight secondary and four higher educational institutions, seven state authorities and organisations, six local authorities and the editorial board of a newspaper.

Specific activities were conducted at 120 small rivers and 20 medium-sized and large rivers. In some cases, the action took place at reservoirs, lakes and ponds. In summary, the action had the following results:

  • more than 100 springs were tidied up;
  • a large area of bankside and the beds of many rivers were cleared of rubbish (for example, 2.5 km of banks were cleared of rubbish in Chernivetska Oblast; in Zakarpatska Oblast – 7 km; in Kirovogradska Oblast – 5 ha; in Ternopil Oblast – 5 ha, etc.); unauthorised rubbish dumps were cleared away in many places;
  • trees and bushes were planted (for example, 2,500 bushes and trees were planted in Kanivsky Rayon, Cherkaska Oblast; 2 ha of trees were planted along the River Samara in Dnipropetrovska Oblast; trees were planted in the form of a 2.5-km avenue along the River Teteriv in Zhytomyrska Oblast);
  • field surveys, spot checks and monitoring were conducted in almost all oblasts, with schoolchildren, student and adult participation. Many activities were conducted together with representatives of state authorities and NGOs, the press etc.; 
  • during the campaign, lectures on environmental issues were given in all oblasts; discussions and children’s environmental competitions were also held; 
  • in the majority of oblasts, discussions and round tables on the issues of small-river conservation were held; the participants were representatives of local authorities, environmental bodies, NGOs and the media as well as scientists and managers. Issues in small-river conservation and restoration were discussed and specific actions were proposed;
  • in all oblasts, newspapers published articles about the action and its results, and articles about the state of rivers and the problems of protecting them were placed in publications. For example, eight articles were published about the action in Zakarpatska Oblast, five in Dnipropetrovska and five in Ivano-Frankivska.
  • Programmes and radio interviews were produced in seven oblasts. For example, a radio programme about NGO activities carried out within the framework of the action was produced and broadcast in Gorlivka city. In Zakarpatska Oblast, a radio programme about the action was broadcast as part of the oblast programme, “Carpathian Ecological Diary”; another was broadcast on Uzhgorod City Radio in the “Otchyi Porog” programme.

After the action, the competition for the best participation in the action was decided. The winners were:

  • “Yunisphera” Public Children’s Association, Boyarka, Kyiv Oblast (leader – Nina Semenova);
  • “Azymut” Tourism-Culture Club from Berestovetsky Educational Complex, Berestovets village, Kostopilsky Rayon in Rivnenska Oblast (leader – Raisa Targoniy-Koval);
  • Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Children and Young People’s Eco-Naturalist Centre, Dnipropetrovsk (leader – Inna Mayboroda).

 

The "Information Bulletin of the Ukrainian Rivers Network" and a booklet reporting on the results of the action were published

The "URN Information Bulletin" contains a general report on the action, reports from regional co-ordinators, the three best reports by participants in the action as well as the plan for the next "Living Water" action. The booklet, "Living Water 2004. Common Actions", includes information about all the organisations that took part in the action. The bulletin and booklet were disseminated among the participants in the action, members of the Ukrainian Rivers Network, Oblast Departments of the Ministry for Environmental Protection of Ukraine and other state institutions and NGOs.
 

 

 
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