Young foresters have called for a unified approach to preserving Azerbaijan’s forests during an EU-funded trip to the International Junior Forest Contest in Peterhof, Russia on 20 September. Young people from Azerbaijan took part in heated discussions, art evenings and sightseeing tours, with the trip organised as part of the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG II) Programme.
Participant Anna Orlova from the Ismayilli district of Azerbaijan addressed peers at the event and urged protection against global warming. “No matter if you walk, work or study the local forests, impacts of various kinds, including anthropogenic and effects of climate change are there,” she said. ”There is a real passion in our village, among the youth and even older generation to see the forests less polluted and more protected,” she added.
Orlova’s project for the contest looked at global warming and its impact on the forest ecosystem, and was based on meteorological and video surveillance data to assess the degree of influence of climatic changes on the forest ecosystem. The trip to the annual competition allowed the young foresters to to exchange their knowledge, experience and passion for the environment with participants from 27 countries of Europe, Asia, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Africa, North and South America.
The EUR 9 million FLEG II programme aims to improve forest law enforcement and governance in seven countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine, which are collectively home to more than 20% of the world's forests. The programme deepens reforms in forestry policy, and legal and administrative matters in the sector while carrying out pilot projects, and addressing forest fire and climate issues. It builds upon the achievements of its predecessor, the ENPI FLEG I programme. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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