Educational activities related to forest and environmental protection engaged school children
The FLEG II Program participated in the open air events organized to observe Europe Day on May 10 to raise awareness of the importance of forest protection and FSC certification.
FLEG II is the second phase of a Forestry Law Enforcement and Governance Program funded by the EU to improve forestry for the benefit of the people and environment. It is implemented in 7 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine by the World Bank (WB), the World Wild Life Fund (WWF) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Public engagement is vital for achieving FLEG II Program goals: supporting good forest governance, sustainable forest management and forest protection.
FLEG II Program country team members from WB, IUCN and WWF gave presentations about the Program, its achievements and future plans. Students of Tbilisi Green School staged a performance on environmental problems and forest protection.
The Street Theater helped FLEG II Program team to hold interactive, educational and entertainment activities for kids which included an eco-lesson, games and quizzes, face painting, and discussions with children. Short films about forestry were played in a tent hosted by FLEG II Program. An exhibition stand featured FLEG awareness-raising materials and wood products labeled with logo of certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Information and certified produce were handed out to visitors.
The Europe Day is celebrated every year in the EU member and aspirant countries. Davit Narmania, Mayor of Tbilisi; Davit Bakradze, State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration; and Janos Herman, Head of EU Delegation to Georgia opened the Day of Europe celebration ceremony in the Alexandre Park.
“Today my friends and I understood that it is better to buy pencils, papers and other wood stuff carrying the FSC logo. Now I know that with this choice I will help our forest and environment.” – Irakli Kasradze, 12 year-old schoolboy from Tbilisi Green School.
“FLEG II Program is supporting forest certification process in Georgia; we have recently completed a survey to access the voluntary forest certification potential and we will take further steps to promote FSC certification.” - Ana Tsintsadze, Communication Coordinator for FLEG II Program from WWF.
Potential benefits of FSC certification are: