On June 1 FLEG II and Moldovan forest authorities brought 20 children from two orphanages and other schools to Nature Reserve “Codrii” in central Moldova to celebrate International Children’s Day. The pupils spent the whole day visiting the forests and learning about forest species, interconnections in forests, their management and conservation.
Guided by FLEG experts, children walked through the woods to experience the forest first hand, and they visited the flora and fauna exhibition at the Natural Museum of the Nature Reserve “Codrii”. Personnel from the reserve shared the history of the reserve, their day-to-day work and efforts they are undertaking to maintain the forest’s great biodiversity. Children also took part in two contests – an ecological knowledge contest and another focused on healthy living and harmony with nature, both organized by the NGO “Defensiv Club” and Antis-Media.
“This is not my first time in the forest, but I am really impressed by this. I liked all the activities, and I am not afraid of walking through the woods. I also liked the lake full of fish in the water, and I will show all my friends the materials I received as awards for my participation in the contests”, said Nectaria Curchi, a 7 year old school girl from “Ginta Latină” Lyceum of Chisinau.
“I liked very much the event as I learned something new and I received awards and this publication, but more than others I liked the contests, which offered me the chance to prove my knowledge and make some active effort to exercise along with other children from other schools”, said Sandu Balan, a 9 years school boy from “Iulia Hașdeu” school of Chisinau.
“Everything is about our attitude towards nature and the forests in particular, and about how we protect forests and keep them safe from being polluted and destroyed. A healthy environment means a healthy society and vice-versa, so this event is just an excellent moment for the young generation to prove this right here at this beautiful Nature Reserve,” said Vlad Dima, the chairman of the NGO “Defensiv” Club.
Nature Reserve “Codrii” was founded in 1971 and covers an area of 5177 ha in central Moldova.
There are over 1000 species of plants in the reserve, which is dominated by predominantly oak forests.
“June 1st is a symbolic day for children and this event organized today by FLEG in cooperation with Agency Moldsilva is an opportunity for them to get involved in activities related to the forest and environment, discussions about it, sportive activities and other curiosities about the forest”, said Viorica Caciuc, press-officer of Agency Moldsilva.
The International Children’s Day has been celebrated on June 1st since 1924, and this year it’s theme in Moldova was “I want to know”. Moldovan forest authorities pay much attention to youth and they are open for cooperation with schools and children’s organizations. FLEG helps forest authorities strengthen their capacities though diversifying communication and awareness activities and, at the same time, build partnerships not only with various schools from orphanages to professionally-oriented schools, but also with other groups and institutions such as media companies, sport clubs and NGOs etc.