"Yunisphera" Public Children's Association, Boyarka town

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Semenova, Nina Oleksandrivna
Chkalova St., 27/10,
Boyarka town, Kyivska Oblast, 08154
Tel: (04498) 46806, (04498) 40700
E-mail: unisphere@ukrpost.net
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Mission

To develop the spiritual, scientific and creative skills of children, promoting the protection of their rights and freedoms.

Main areas of activity

  • the creation and realisation of programmes aimed at helping young people choose professions, involving young people in socially useful activities, environment protection, and creating opportunities for recreation;
  • organisation and holding of conferences, meetings, workshops, contests, gatherings, scientific schools, camps, exhibitions;
  • creating a database on extracurricular education;
  • creating a real publishing house and conducting publishing activities.

The organisation's experience in the conservation of small rivers

A small river, the River Prytvarka, flows through Boyarka town in Kyivo-Svyatoshynsky Rayon, Kyivska Oblast. On 28 April 2000, the organisation carried out a project to clear the floodplain and river bed where it runs through a forest; 28 schoolchildren, two teachers, a representative of the local authorities and eight local people took part in the activity. Some citizens participated, others watched and advised. Rubbish from Kyivo-Svyatoshynsky regional collective farm was removed; this took two days. As a result of the activity, the rubbish dumps in the river flood-lands were cleared, and the river bed and banks were cleaned. However, a year later the river bed and river banks were again full of litter.

On 20 October 2002, the organisation carried out another action, "Clean Ukraine - Clean Earth", aimed at clearing the river bed, banks and valley, and to give an example of caring for aquatic areas to instil environmental consciousness; 60 people (children and adults) took part in the activity. Banks of the rivers and ponds along the river system in the town were cleared. The people waited all day for transport promised by local authorities to remove the rubbish, but the transport was provided neither on this day nor on the other days.

In March-April 2003, the organisation took part in the town-wide Monthly Environmental Action in Boyarka. The activity focused mainly on clearing the river bed, river banks and river valley; nearly 80 people (children and adults) took part. It was important to demonstrate to the locals how to take care of aquatic areas and to instil environmental consciousness. Many citizens participated in the action on their own initiative, not waiting for an invitation. Due to the persistence of the environmental patrols and local deputies, rubbish was cleared from three areas.

In June 2003, the organisation carried out a survey, "Are Boyarka citizens ready to participate in environmental rehabilitation of the river system of Boyarka?" in order to elucidate who (or what) could save the river and ponds. A questionnaire was published in an edition of "Environmental Patrol". The answers were collected during the environmental patrol spot-check. Fourteen volunteers surveyed 124 respondents. It was concluded that:

  • 90% of respondents were dissatisfied with the environmental situation around the river;
  • 88% of respondents believed that it is better to use water areas for local recreation, since such areas make the city landscapes attractive;
  • local people were ready to change their practices to rehabilitate the environment of the aquatic areas:
    • 47 % of respondents agreed with a prohibition on making rubbish dumps;
    • 39% of respondents could stop their sewage wastewater from flowing into the river;
    • 26% of respondents agreed to move toilets out of the river-protection zone;
    • only 18% of respondents agreed to move fences to establish nature-protection belts;
  • 40% of respondents believed that it is possible to save the river but only through the collaboration of citizens and local authorities;
  • 21% of respondents believed that only citizens could save the river;
  • 38 % of respondents relied on the local authorities alone;
  • 1% of respondents believed that it is better to lease the water reservoirs.

In June-September 2003, five "Environmental Patrol" groups (48 schoolchildren and 5 teachers) carried out an examination of the ecological status of the Prytvarka River system, aimed at discovering the real ecological status of the river system and finding reasons for and sources of negative impact on the river and ponds. The "Environmental Patrol" groups covered the territory along the river examining the nature of the river system and impact of anthropogenic factors on it.

As a result, the following environmental problems were found, described and marked on a map:

  • unprotected river banks;
  • absence of a protection zone near the river estuary;
  • presence of numerous unauthorised rubbish dumps on the river floodplain and banks of ponds;
  • construction of unplanned dams; this has resulted in the formation of ponds of various sizes, which has led to the destruction of the river;
  • destruction of forested land on the right bank of Yosypivsky pond, which resulted in the pond drying up;
  • mass discharge of waste water from private houses as well as untreated sewage from Kyiv Oblast T.B. Prophylactic Centre;
  • location of toilets of private houses in vegetable gardens or very close to the water.

However, positive activities also took place: people cared for the stream in the forest, where many people take drinking water, and decorated it in the national style.

On 28 October 2003, the organisation again carried out the "Clean Ukraine - Clean Earth" activity in Boyarka town. This time the participants of the action (five riverbank dwellers and 18 schoolchildren) cleared up the banks of Staroboyarsky, Kyivsky and Zaliznychny ponds. The transportation of rubbish away from the site was organised carefully. After the work was finished, the local authorities organised a holiday for the children.

In 2003, within the framework of the "Save your River" Small Grants Programme carried out by the Wetlands International Black Sea Programme, the project, "Collaboration with Local Authorities and the Local Community to Undertake the Environmental Rehabilitation of the Prytvarka River System", was supported.

Publications

Ways of Raising Public Environmental Consciousness. 2003. Conclusions of the project “Formation of public environmental consciousness in Boyarka town by public involvement in activities on the environmental rehabilitation of the Prytvarka river system”. [In Ukrainian]. Boyarka. 20 pp.

The brochure includes information on the educational project realised by "Yunisphere" in 2002-2003. The project was aimed at promoting environmental education and developing public environmental consciousness as well as the protection of the riverbanks of the Prytvarka river system. The objective of the project was to ensure that the public were aware of reasons for and sources of negative impact on the river system and to unite people to solve the environmental problems of the river system. The project was carried out within the framework of the UNDP-GEF Dnipro Basin Environment Programme and was supported by a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada.

 

 
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