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“Me and My Corner of Nature” eco-camp in Vayots Dzor

Through November 1-2, 40 school students from Vayots Dzor and Syunik regions of Armenia and from Yerevan attended the eco-camp “Me and My Corner of Nature” initiated by the WWF Armenia and the UN Department of Public Information Yerevan Office (UNDPI Yerevan Office). The camp was the final phase of the eco-campaign started earlier this year and was attended, among other children, by the participants of the photo contest “Me and My Corner of Nature”.

On the first day of the Camp, UN Armenia representatives introduced the UN activities and programs through various ineractive methods including games, videos and brainstormings-discussions. They also discussed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which aim at ending poverty and hunger, eliminating inequalities, and combatting all the problems associated with climate change. “These are crucial goals and if all of us take actions, those will contribute to the development of Armenia,” Frida Gevorgyan, a school student from Vayk noted.

On the second day of the camp, the WWF Armenia representatives presented the Caucasian Leopard Conservation Project, as well as modern field observation techniques. The campers had an opportunity to see one of the main methods of wildlife observation - photo and camera traps. The participants also managed to observe the Bezoar goats in wildlife.

During the camp children could enjoy various interactive games, competitions, songs and dances. The authoers of the 3 best photographs of “Me and My Corner of Nature” exhibition were awarded with prizes and certificates fron the UNDPI Yerevan Office and WWF Armenia. All other participants of the camp received certificates and souviniers.

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Within the scope of “Me and My Corner of Nature” environmental campaign, on the World Environment Day, June 5th, photos of school students from various regions of Armenia were displyed in the Lovers’ Park in Yerevan, later at the UN House Yerevan. The photos depicted the students in their favorite corners of nature. The aim of the campaign was to introduce the Sustainable Denvronmental Goals to children, as well as inform them of some endangered species such as Caucasian Leopard , Bezoar goat, Armenian mouflon, and the protection of their habitat.