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
In order to co-ordinate NGO actions, regional co-ordinators were
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",
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
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
After the action, the competition for the best participation in the action was decided. The winners
“Yunisphera” Public Children’s Association, Boyarka, Kyiv Oblast (leader – Nina
“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
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.