IDEA or­ga­nizes “Let’s Pro­tect Gazelles!” camp

Azer News - - Country Guide - By La­man Is­may­ilova

“Let’s Pro­tect Gazelles!” sum­mer environmental camp was or­ga­nized in Salyan, Azer­bai­jan.

The camp was or­ga­nized by IDEA (In­ter­na­tional Di­a­logue for Environmental Ac­tion) Pub­lic As­so­ci­a­tion, the Baku of­fice of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Azer­bai­jan’s Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion in the frame­work of the “Rein­tro­duc­tion of gazelles to their his­tor­i­cal habi­tat in the Cau­ca­sus” pro­gram.

The "Let's pro­tect gazelles!" camp fo­cused on bring­ing aware­ness about gazelle species that were rein­tro­duced in ar­eas where in­hab­i­tants re­side.

Over 60 school­child­ren from Selyan`s Yenikend, Shakarli, Kur­sangi, Kurqaraqa­jli vil­lages and Neftchala`s Tatarme­helle vil­lage came to­gether in Salyan in or­der to be in­formed about the way of life, habi­tat of gazelles and their role in na­ture.

The chil­dren also took part in var­i­ous environmental stud­ies, quizzes and con­tests and vis­ited the Shir­van Na­tional Park. The doc­u­men­tary “Azer­bai­jan. Res­cue of Gazelles" by Igor Bish­nev was also shown as part of the event.

All par­tic­i­pants were awarded with cer­tifi­cates and mem­o­rable gifts.

The “Rein­tro­duc­tion of gazelles to their his­tor­i­cal habi­tat in the Cau­ca­sus” project was ini­ti­ated by the Vi­cePres­i­dent of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion, Founder of IDEA Leyla Aliyeva. Its pur­pose is to in­crease pop­u­la­tion of gazelles and re­lo­cate them in the ar­eas where they lived ear­lier but dis­ap­peared for var­i­ous rea­sons.

The first group of gazelles was re­lo­cated in the ter­ri­tory of the Ab­sheron dis­trict (the tra­di­tional habi­tat of gazelles) as part of the first stage in 2010. Spe­cial sen­sors mon­i­tor­ing their vi­tal func­tions were put on their necks.

In Oc­to­ber 2013, a group of gazelles was rein­tro­duced from Azer­bai­jan to Ge­or­gia as part of the project. To date, more than 150 gazelles were al­lo­cated from Shir­van Na­tional Park to their his­toric habi­tat both in Azer­bai­jan and Ge­or­gia.

The rein­tro­duc­tion process is im­ple­mented by the Ecology and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­istry of Azer­bai­jan with the sup­port of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion, IDEA cam­paign and the Azer­bai­jani of­fice of WWF.

De­voted to the pro­tec­tion of en­vi­ron­ment and bi­o­log­i­cal di­ver­sity, IDEA Cam­paign con­ducts var­i­ous types of camps an­nu­ally, in part­ner­ship with WWFAzer­bai­jan and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan.

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