A new educational manual, “Forest Safeguard Practices”, will be delivered to the forest fire safety units and volunteers groups on the ground.
The number of people who prefer recreation activities in the forest is rapidly increasing in Azerbaijan. However, visiting the forest is not always safe and fun. Sometimes, people face unexpected emergencies, which they are unable to handle. At other times, visitors who do not know basic safety rules can cause an irreparable damage to the forest biodiversity.
To help the government promote forest safety, the FLEG II Program in Azerbaijan in partnership with the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources (MENR) developed the brand new manual, “Forest Safeguard Practices”.
The main purpose of the book is to educate the population on forest-related emergencies, ensure forest fire safety, and prevent possible negative impacts on the forest ecosystems. The book gives a wide overview of the information on the proper mode of conduct and use of various means in extreme situations. The official release of the book took place on October 16, 2014.
“The environmental education can save human lives”, said Fizuli Akhmadov, head of the Department on Ecological Security of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan. “More knowledge on forests for those who plan visiting them or walk there on regular basis protects you in extreme situations and ensures integrity of biodiversity”.
In the meeting hall of the Republican Ecological Education and Practice Center in Baku, numerous educational experts, teachers, environmental specialists and governmental employees gathered to discuss the just-released manual with the public.
“This book is not only important for forest users, but also for students majoring in environmental studies”, said Azer Garayev, FLEG II Program’s WB Country Coordinator. “So far our main task was to strengthen forest-related knowledge among the youth and thanks to our partners in Azerbaijan and through series of Program’s publications, we encouraged so many children in the forest-dependent communities and beyond “.
Two Program’s publications, young foresters’ newsletters and “Life of the Forest” poster, were highlighted by the participants of the meeting. Experts from the MES described public awareness activities of the young foresters, schoolchildren from various forest-dependent communities as “life saving”, which potentially impact the development of sustainable forest management in Azerbaijan.