Children from 6 countries will come together to discuss forest management and young foresters’ movement
Baku, Azerbaijan – The FLEG ll Program will carry out a one-week summer camp in Gakh district of Azerbaijan on August 2-9 for the most distinguished activists of the young foresters' movement from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.
FLEG II expects that the summer camp will foster cooperation and joint initiatives of the young foresters. The program of the summer camp includes meetings, excursions, field trips and research as well as leisure-time for the participants.
Initiated and promoted by FLEG, the young foresters' movement has been successfully restored in Azerbaijan during the first phase of the Program. The movement is gaining more popularity among the schoolchildren and is widely supported by the state forestry and education agencies. In a short period, the movement has considerably expanded at the country level and actively collaborates with the forest sector and local communities. The young foresters of Azerbaijan are frequent participants of international junior forestry contests. In 2014, the team from Azerbaijan was awarded third place during the annual International Junior Forest Contest held in Russia.
"I remember myself always being concerned about the environmental problems in my home district – Gakh”, says Vusala Suleymanova, 17, school student from the Gakh district secondary school #3. “Generations continue to literally grow in the forest, so it is hard to overestimate the significance of this "green treasure" for our people. I was happy to join the young foresters' group in my school and will continue to educate myself, my friends and people around me about the importance of the sustainable use of forest resources". Vusala Suleymanova became the winner of the II Republican Young Foresters’ Contest and was also awarded 3rd place during XI International Junior Forest Contest.
"Today the understanding of the importance of the forest education is high in the country. The main aim of the upcoming young foresters' summer camp is to foster development of the young foresters' network regionally. We believe that this event will be a good platform to discuss future join initiatives and common plans", says FLEG II Program's Country Coordinator Azer Garayev.
The FLEG II Program promotes sustainable forest governance, management, and protection of forests in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. The Program is funded by the European Union and implemented by the World Bank in partnership with WWF and IUCN.