In the summers of 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2003, the
organisation carried out eco-educational expeditions aimed at making
eco-educational video films; 5-15 people took part in the
expeditions. The expeditions took place in: Khmelnytska Oblast - on
the River Zgar; Vinnytska Oblast - on the Rivers Zgar, Desenka and
Rostavytsya; Zhytomyrska Oblast - on the Rivers Rostavytsya and
Bystryivka, and Kyivska Oblast - on the Rivers Rostavytsya and Ros.
In general, the team worked in the following way:
1. The first eco-educational expedition was organised.
It included not only experts but also schoolchildren and teachers
from the schools in the basin of the river to be investigated, who
took an active part. In addition to collecting scientific
information, taking samples and testing them, defining sources of
contamination, and documenting cases of violation of the Water Code,
discussions were held with the local population and administration.
Some leaders were identified who might establish public
environmental organisations in the future. Video material was
collected along the way.
2. The material was processed systematically:
articles were published in the local press, and a video film was
broadcast by the oblast's TV channels and disseminated as VHS-copies.
Sponsors were sought to establish a public environmental
3. The activities of the second expedition were based
on the results of the first expedition. In addition to monitoring
activities, school action groups belonging to existing public
organisations gave performances, nature-protection activities were
carried out, and video film was shot.
As a result of the activities, two 15/20-minute video
films, "Zgar" and "Big Problems of the Small River
Bystryivka", and a series of three 15-minute of video-books on
the protection and rehabilitation of small rivers with the overall
title "Small Rivers of Ukraine" were made. A brochure,
"An outline for the protection and rehabilitation of small
rivers", was published.
On 28, 29 and 30 July 2004, the first broadcast of
each series took place on the "Fifth Channel" at 16:40 h.
In 2003, in the frame of the Small Grants Program “Save Your River’ conducted by Wetlands International Black Sea
Program, the project
“The Production of Audio and Visual Aids on the Protection of Small
Rivers”, was supported.