“Let’s Protect Gazelles!” camp organized PHOTO
By Rashid Shirinov
“Let’s Protect Gazelles!” summer environmental camp was organized in the Goygol region of Azerbaijan on July 6-8.
The camp was organized by IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental Action) Public Association, the Baku office of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Republican Centre of Environmental Education & Practice in the framework of the “Reintroduction of gazelles to their historical habitat in the Caucasus” program.
Over 70 schoolchildren from Goranboy, Samukh, Gakh and Sheki come together in the Goygol region in order to be enlightened about this beautiful species of Azerbaijani fauna. During the summer camp, schoolchildren were 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 Goygol National Park. 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 Vice-President 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.
Overall, the IDEA always draws attention to the Azerbaijani flora and fauna issues. The campaign regularly arranges various activities and projects aimed at the problems of environmental and animal protection.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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