A tree planting and rubbish collection activity was
held in the water-protection zone of the River Desenka in the
village of Sosonka (Vinnytska Oblast) on 15 April 2000. The aim of
the activity was to improve the ecological condition of the river
and involve the public in protecting it; 17 children, aged 12-14,
together with their teacher, took part in the activity. They removed
a huge rubbish dump and planted willows along the river bank. As a
result, all the rubbish was cleared and the banks of the River
Desenka were strengthened.
A waterborne expedition aimed at conserving the
landscape and biological diversity of the River Desna took place in
October 2001. Rubber boats were provided by the Vinnytska Oblast
Environmental Organisation, "Zeleny Svit Podilya" (Green
World of Podilya). The outcome of the expedition was the creation of
a map of environmentally-unfriendly zones along the river. The local
authorities and public provided the organisational support to
undertake a rubbish collection in the protective zone along the
The local school was used for contests and class
meetings. The "Zeleny Svit Podilya" association helped the
organisation with the necessary equipment.
In 2003, within the framework of the "Save
your River" Small Grants Programme organised by the Wetlands
International Black Sea Programme, the
project, "Let Us Protect the River Desenka!", was supported.