During 1996-2000, "Orlan"
conducted awareness-raising campaigns in support of establishing a
National Nature Park in the valley of the River Orel.
In 2000, a comprehensive expedition for young people,
"Orel 2000 - Source of Inspiration", was mounted. Its aim
was to form a positive public attitude towards the establishment of
Orel National Nature Park. Location: the River Orel valley (Dnipropetrovska
Oblast - Yurievsky, Novomoscowsky, Magdalinivsky, Zarichansky Rayons;
Poltavska Oblast - Mashivsky Rayon). Two hundred participants took
part in the activity, including 180 schoolchildren and students. As
the expedition included both scientists and young people, an
analysis of the natural historical and cultural environment in the
River Orel valley was undertaken, including a social survey of the
local inhabitants. The outcomes were:
- Development of the project to establish Orel National Nature
Park. The project proposal has been sent to the State Department
of Environment and Natural Resources in Dnipropetrovska Oblast, as
well as to the Administration of Dnipropetrovska Oblast;
- Two video films were made and disseminated;
- A scientific and practical workshop, "The Problems of
Establishing the Orel National Park", was conducted.
Materials from the workshop were published as a separate brochure;
- A positive public attitude has been created towards the
establishment of the park ;
- The "Orlan" children's club has created a River Orel
museum in the city of Dniprodzerzhynsk.
In 2001-2003, "Orlan" organised and
carried out an expedition for children entitled "Gullies in the
Dnipro Region through the Eyes of Children"; its aim was the
mass involvement of schoolchildren of Dnipropetrovska Oblast in
research work and nature-protection activities, and the creation of
a databank on the current state of the gullies, which are an
integral element of the hydrological network. Location:
Dnipropetrovska Oblast - Verkhnyodniprovsky, Krynychansky,
Pyatykhatsky, Novomoskowsky, Pavlogradsky, Mezhevsky Rayons; basins
of the Rivers Samotkan', Domotkan', Mokra Sura, Bazavluk, Saksagan',
Samara and Orel'. 300 participants took part in the expeditions,
including 270 schoolchildren.
The outcomes of the expedition were:
- The development of a programme and practical recommendations for supervisors of research groups on the Dnipro Gully Network;
- A practical workshop for supervisors of research groups was held;
- More than 80 gullies in Dnipropetrovska Oblast were analysed (during the research activities, the participants were advised by
- The participants’ reports were made at the final workshop, with 32 representatives of children’s research groups participating; the reports have been published as a brochure;
- The materials collected were used to develop children’s projects on the preservation of gullies;
- The activity became one of the regular extracurricular activities in the oblast.
During May-November 2001, "Orlan" analysed
the environmental status, biodiversity and historical and cultural
heritage of the valley of the River Samotkan'. The aim was to obtain
information on the current ecological status of the River Samotkan',
to define the factors influencing its status and improve public
relations. The activity was carried out in Verhnyodniprovsky Rayon;
40 participants took part in the activity, including 30
schoolchildren and students. During the environmental camp,
artificial nest platforms were made. Meetings were held with
teachers and pupils of the local schools. The outputs were the
- The valley of the River Samotkan' was researched comprehensively;
- Information on the current status of the biodiversity and
historical and cultural environment was sent to the State
Administration of Natural Resources and Environmental Safety in
Dnipropetrovska Oblast, as well as to "Svitlytsya"
museum in the Dnipropetrovsk University of Railway Transport;
- A video film, "The River that Lost its Beauty", was
In July-August 2003, "Orlan" analysed the
hydrological status of the Orel River near Nekhvoroshcha, Shedieve
and Mykhailivka villages (Poltavska Oblast, Mashivsky Rayon;
Dnipropetrovska Oblast, Zarichansky Rayon). The aim of the activity
was to collect information on the current hydrological regime of the
river, and its effect on the hydro-technical construction, the
Dnipro-Donbas Canal, located nearby. Thirty-six participants took
part in the activity, including 33 schoolchildren. During the
activity, methods to research hydrological systems and
ornithological biodiversity were analysed. The results were the
- 10 hydrometric stations were created over an area of 20 square
km; as part of the research, place and river names were collected;
- The information collected was sent to the Administration of
Water Resources in Dniprodzerzhynsk. The data will be used in the
development of the project to partially divert water from the
River Orel in spring and at times of heavy rain, to control the
In 2003, two issues of "Visnyk Orlana" (Orlan
Bulletin), the local environmental and educational information
bulletin, were published. The bulletin aims to promote contemporary
thinking and awareness of environmental issues in schoolchildren and
students in Dniprodzerzhynsk and disseminate environmental
information that "Orlan" receives from different parts of
Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The production
of the bulletin was supported by the environmental fund of
Dniprodzerzhynsk Executive Committee. The distribution of the
bulletin was carried out with the help of the Local Department of
Education. Four hundred free copies of the first and second issues
of the bulletin were distributed, including to 48 educational
establishments in Dniprodzerzhynsk. Work to create groups of
correspondents was carried out in different parts of the city.
Arrangements were made to publish the bulletin regularly, with the
financial support of the local authorities.
In 2003, within the framework of the "Save
your River" Small Grants Programme organised by the Wetlands
International Black Sea Programme, the
project, "The Development and Implementation of an Action Programme on the
Analysis, Preservation and Rehabilitation of the Biodiversity and Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Valley of the River
Protected Nature of Dnipropetrovshchyna.
2000. A practical reference book for those who strive to protect the
beauty of our nature and increase the Nature Protection Fund. [In Ukrainian.]
Dnipropetrovsk. 64 pp.
The book describes the current status of conservation activities in
Dnipropetrovska Oblast, and gives a complete list of the sites of the Nature
Protection Fund in Dnipropetrovska Oblast (dated 1 January 2000) with the
structure of the areas described and their conservation problems analysed. The
book includes a detailed guide to identifying important natural areas, together
with guidelines for completing the necessary documents to gain approval from the
authorities when creating Nature Protection Fund sites, beginning with game and
botanical reserves, natural monuments and protected areas.
Domotkan’: the past, the present, the future.
2003. Research materials relating to the natural and cultural heritage of the
Domotkan' and Samotkan' River valleys in 2001-2003. [In Ukrainian.]
Dnipropetrovsk. 135 pp.
The book includes various materials collected by the "Orlan"
Environmental Tourist Association during the implementation of the project
"Domotkan' - 2003". These are: problems of small rivers in
Dnipropetrovska Oblast; hydrological characteristics of Domotkan'; geological
composition of the river valley; flora and fauna; the historical outline of the
river valley; ethnographic materials and study of local lore; recollections of
The material collected is very important for the development and
implementation of an action programme to study and conserve biodiversity and the
historic and cultural heritage of the basins of the Domotkan' and Samotkan'