A local public inquiry was held on the problems of
the River Rostavytsya
In June 2003, 4,000 questionnaires were prepared and
distributed to residents of the Rostavytsya basin. The Initiative
Group visited 20 villages and gave questionnaires to the village
heads, who became responsible for disseminating the questionnaires,
collecting the completed forms and sending them back to "Rastavytsya".
One hundred and sixty-three completed questionnaires were returned
and processed, with the following results:
- 100% of the population wanted to see their river clean and beautiful;
- 80% of respondents had seen other villagers throwing rubbish into the
- 10% of respondents had stopped other people from doing things that led to river
- 70% considered that the state of the river could be improved by public efforts;
- 30% would like to take part in river clean-up activities;
- 90% agreed with the idea of cleaning up the river through the efforts of their own villagers;
- 95% of respondents knew nothing about the Water Code of Ukraine;
- 90% of respondents had no idea about protected riverbanks.
A working meeting was held to establish the "Local
Environmental Action Plan for Communities of the Rostavytsya Basin"
An appeal to develop a LEAP was sent to 20 village
councils in the river basin. Heads of village councils from the
basin, teachers, priests, students and everyone interested in the
problems of the river were invited to the working meeting. In
addition, representatives of "ECO-VIT" NGO from Dashava
village and the Head of Berezhnytsya village, in Lviv Oblast, who
took part in the development of the "Local Environmental Action
Plan for Communities of the Berezhnytsya Basin" were invited to
participate in the meeting. They came not only to share their
experience of how to develop a LEAP but also to assure the local
authorities of the Rostavytsya basin of the advisability of
establishing and implementing such a programme.
The meeting took place on 9 September 2003 (23
participants). At the meeting, the Initiative Group for developing
the local environmental action plan for Bilotserkivsky Rayon was
established. The next meeting will be held in Skvyrsky Rayon in
order to establish an Initiative Group in this rayon also. The
participants of the meeting noted that in order to establish a LEAP
for Rostavytsya, it will be necessary to establish a joint
Initiative Group for the whole river basin.
A competition was held for children's essays and
drawings on environmental topics with the theme, "We Will
Protect Rostavytsya Together"
Competitions were announced for pupils of schools in
the Rostavytsya basin with the help of "Rastavystya" NGO,
which visited 10 schools in the river basin.
Ten schools in Ruzhynsky Rayon, Zhytomyr Oblast, and
Bilotserkivsky Rayon, Kyiv Oblast (34 participants in total) took
part in the competition for essays and drawings; decorative crafts
were also eligible for the competition. In the drawings, children
showed the Rostavytsya not only as sick and destroyed, but also as
beautiful pearl of river beads of Ukraine. When the conclusions were
drawn, it was clear that children wanted to see the river beautiful
and clean. Essays were of different styles, including poetry about
the Rostavytsya. The presentation of awards to the winners and the
presentation of the children's essays and drawings took place during
a festival called "I am here for all, not only for you…"
A festival entitled "I am here for all, not
only for you..." and a competition for action groups on the
topic "Rostavytsya - Beauty and Pain of Ukraine" were
The festival took place on 12 November in the House
of Culture in Matyushi village, Bilotserkivsky Rayon, Kyivska Oblast.
At the competition for a performance by action groups, Zhytomyrska
Oblast was represented by action groups from Zarichansky Secondary
School, Ruzhynsky Rayon (12 participants), Ruzhynska Secondary
School (10 participants) and Popilnya Secondary School (14
participants); Kyivska Oblast was represented by a combined group
from Skvyrsky Rayon (17 participants) and action groups from
Bilotserkivsky Rayon House of Creative Work (14 participants) and
Pylypchanska Secondary School (12 participants). The performances by
the action groups were bright, interesting and full of information.
They talked about the natural resources of each region and gave
dreadful statistical data on the environmental state of their rayon.
In the breaks between the groups' speeches, ecological games were
organised with the children. The "Charivnytsi" (Magicians)
children's collective and students from Bilotserkivsky Pedagogical
Institute gave their performances at the festival - they presented
good songs and dances to the children. At the end of festival an
anthem, written especially for the festival, was sung.
Schoolchildren from Matyushi and Trushky villages, residents of
Matyushi village and representatives of the authorities took part in
An Interregional Workshop was held for teachers of
biology and geography in the river basin
A workshop on the topic, "Sharing the Experience
of "Rastavystya" NGO in Undertaking Environmental
Educational and Pedagogical Work" was held on 17 November 2003
at the Institute for Teaching Skills Improvement in Bila Tserkva
city. Twenty-four biology and geography teachers, educationists from
Departments of Education of rayons in the Rostavytsya basin,
environmental inspectors and directors of children houses of
creative work (32 people in total) took part in the workshop. The
issues of promoting an environmental up-bringing and ways to
implement eco-educational activities were discussed at the workshop.
This was the second time that "Rastavytsya" had held such
a workshop, which was based on the results of the first workshop,
conducted in October 2002 at Matyushi Secondary School. On this
occasion, more schools took part in the competition for the best
essay and drawing about the river, an additional public children's
organisation was registered, and action groups were established in
almost all the schools. It was decided to continue the activities
that had been started. All the teachers came to the conclusion that
children were able to convey information about the state of the
environment to residents, and sometimes even bring a halt to the
negative activities of the local population. It was decided to spend
more time with children on outdoor activities, to conduct field
trips and to play environmental games with them, as well as to
involve children in solving different problems relating to improving
the state of the environment.
For carrying out the nature-protection activities,
members of "Rastavytsya" were rewarded with a Letter of
Gratitude from the authorities of Matyushi village. The NGO and
authorities achieved co-operation and reached an understanding.
Information about the children's good deeds were spread throughout
Bilotserkivsky Rayon, and schoolteachers, directors of children
houses of creative work and people worried about the state of the
environment contacted "Rastavytsya' to learn about their
experience and ideas.