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World Wetlands Day in Green Balkans

For Green Balkans, species conservation is equally important with educating and involving people of all ages. This year we celebrated World Wetlands Day in Plovdiv, Pomorie, Shabla, Durankulak and in the village of Zhitnitsa (Dobrich municipality).

This year’s motto is ‘Wetlands and climate change’. Our team visited the children at the Stefan Karadzha elementary school in the village of Zhitnitsa in the Dobrich municipality, where we talked about how important wetlands are and why; what kinds of rare species they shelter; and how we can fight climate change. We played thematic games and observed local birds with special equipment.Everybody received a ‘The Adventures of Brent, the Red-breasted goose’ book. The kids were very enthusiastic and we will certainly come to Zhitnitsa again.

a group of children standing infront of the centre

Also we met the children from the Municipal children complex in Shabla at the Shabla Green Centre. Then on 2nd February we celebrated World Wetlands Day in Plovdiv, Pomorie and Durankulak. One of our volunteers, Dimitar Dimitrov, organized an information campaign at the Pedestrian Bridge over the Maritza River in Plovdiv. Citizens had the opportunity to observe the river and its inhabitants with binoculars and learn interesting facts about the river and its importance.We gave away brochures about wetlands and the protected species they shelter.

In Pomorie we met the children from the ‘Ivan Vazov’ secondary school at the Pomorie Lake Visitor Centre. They learned about wetlands, climate change and protected species in the world and in the region after that we observed the local birds feeding at the Pomorie Lake.

Our team also visited the village of Durankulak where we met local women at the Druzhba community centre and talked with them about the wetlands in their area and the red-breasted geese that come every year in the region. We are very happy they took the time to celebrate the World Wetlands Day with us along with the coinciding Bulgarian holiday, Petliovden.

We are grateful to all citizens who joined this international initiative and helped us to celebrate this important ecological event together with the rest of the world. Thanks to social media, our event was joined by colleagues in Chile, Kazakhstan and Switzerland, where they also celebrated the Wetlands Day with local events.

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