Video films of the rivers were made
Four field surveys were organised to film: Polissya - Rivnenska
and Zhytomyrska Oblasts, forest-steppe - Vinnytska and Kyivska Oblasts, steppe -
Mykolaivska and Kyivska Oblasts, industrial region - Donetska Oblast.
Video films were made in order to develop a lecture programme of
audio and visual aids on the following rivers: Zakarpattya (Uzh, Stuzhytsya,
Lubnya, Upper Black and White Tysa), Prycarpattya (Upper Prut, White and Black
Cheremosh), Bukovyna (Brusnytsya, Brusenka, Buda), Lvivska Oblast (Ostrivka,
Sudylivka), Zaporizka Oblast (Molochna, Akchokrak, Domuzla, Korsak, Yushanly,
Obitochna, Kiltichiya, Saltych, Tokmak), Odeska Oblast (Sukhy Yagorlyk, Tyligul),
Donetska Oblast (Kalmius, Bakhmutka, Kazenny Torets), Vinnystka Oblast (Zgar,
Desna, Vinnychka, Tyazhylivka), Kyivska Oblast (Stugna, Ros, Rastavytsya,
Trubizh), Zhytomyrska Oblast (Pavolochka, Postil, Bystriivka), Chernigivska
Oblast (Snov) and Rivnenska Oblast (Styr). Scenarios were written for the films.
In shooting the films, the team co-operated with many NGOs from
the Ukrainian Rivers Network and left copies of the working materials, if the
NGOs wanted them, to be used later on local TV channels to highlight relevant
topics. The team also held discussions with representatives of the oblast
administrations of the areas in which the video materials were shot. Interviews
were held and plans and actions to improve the state of small rivers were
discussed in detail.
Three videos were prepared
The video-guide has the general title, "Small Rivers of
Ukraine", and consists of three 15-minutes videos. The first video,
"Problems", describes the general characteristics of Ukrainian
rivers and shows the activities carried out in the river valleys, the functions
of the landscape, and the ways in which the resources of small rivers are being
used and which are actually altering their appearance and increasing the
degradation of their ecosystems. The second video, "Restoration Methods",
explains how to stop the river degradation processes and what the rights and
opportunities for Ukrainian citizens are in this area. The third video, "To
Protect. To Save. To Help", continues to describe the rehabilitation
strategy for small rivers, and various types of river monitoring are detailed.
On 28, 29 and 30 July 2004, the videos were shown on TV for the first time, on
the '5th Channel'.
A brochure of lectures was published
A brochure "Small Rivers of Ukraine" was published; it
includes topics such as:
- small rivers of Ukraine;
- small rivers as the heart of the natural landscape;
- use of river resources;
- human impact on rivers;
- legal provision for public participation in river protection;
- forms of public participation in environmental activities;
- public activities in river conservation;
- the organisation of actions to protect rivers (planning, identifying
action targets, defining actions needed for river rehabilitation, dividing
the action into stages and carrying it out, drawing conclusions, a list of
some potential activities);
- monitoring the state of rivers and river valleys (small rivers as the
subjects of public environmental monitoring, monitoring of landscape-plant
community complexes in river valleys, monitoring of pollution sources,
examples of public monitoring of river ecology);
- diversity of bird species on wetlands associated with small rivers.
The lecture brochure was disseminated among schools and
other educational institutions as well as NGOs.