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  • Comenius project PNOChttp://naturepreserving.com Preserving Nature for Our Children 2010-2012 “We are part of nature, nature is part of us" ONE PROJECT – 6 SCHOOLS – one thought - to protect the nature!!! In this edition: Editorial 1 Portugal`s page: 2-4 Ecological Footprint 2 Azores – It is my country 2 PNOC: Project meetings 3 Who was Johann Amos Comenius 3 TheEarthCharacter 4 Bulgaria`s page 5-7 It is my country 5 The Bulgarian Rose Valley 5 Project meeting 6 Biodiversity : Who Cares 6 Slovakia`s page 8-10 It is my country 8 Ecological Day 8 New experiences Litva - Vilnius 9 New experiences - Azores 10 Turkey`s page 11-13 It is my country 11 Kuş Cenneti Milli Parki 11 Cappadocia 11 Feelings About The Trip - Azore 12 Feelings About The Trip - Turkey 12 Lake Abant / Inözü Valley 13 Lithuania`s page 14-16 It is my country 14 Impressions from Slovakia 14 Impressions from Turkey 15 Romania`s page 17-19 It is my country 17 The Black Sea 17 Friends Forever – In Bulgaria 18 Friends Forever – In Slovakia 18 This happened in Romania 19 Common page 20-22 Multi interviews 20 Puzzle PNOC 21 About project… 22 Visit our website 22 Contacts of the partener 22 Welcome to the edition of the PNOC newspaper where the main Planet Earth is, after all, the human heritage. Therefore, it is important not goal is to inform the public / readers of some students and teachers’ to forget that any action taken in the present will have consequences in experiences of related to the “PNOC – Preserving Nature for Our the future. Children” project. This project is sponsored by the European Union It is in this perspective that the students and teachers involved in the and is integrated in the Lifelong Learning Programme - Comenius PNOC project aspire to work at, contributing to the development of Partnerships. It is dedicated to promote and stimulate educational sustainable environmental skills and to the increase of the pupils’ projects among European countries, which should be related to a awareness of some environmental problems. main theme with common interest to all countries. Its main purpose Knowing that it will be the future generations that will mostly feel the is to enhance the European dimension of education by promoting effects of human activity on the environment, it is important to idealize joint co-operation activities between schools in Europe.From and fulfill such a project together with youth. We hope to encourage them September 2010 to June 2012, students and teachers from the six to appreciate the value of natural resources and also to help them to countries – Bulgaria, Lithuania, Portugal (Azores), Romania, Slovakia become more active in protection of the environment putting into and Turkey – have planned to work together using nature and practice the maxim "Think Global / Act Local". We also think it is environment issues as the central theme. necessary to put into action educational methods that aim towards a The choice and development of such a theme is of an extreme conscious citizenship. Moreover, this project is a great tool to work importance because it is necessary to alert Earths citizens, especially together on attitudes and values through learning situations that promote the younger generations, of the urgent need not only to protect and self esteem, mutual respect and rules of social behavior. recuperate the environment, but also to preserve the natural The Azorean team resources. 1
  • PNOCPreserving Nature for Our Children Portugal page WE ONLY HAVE ONE PLANET - IT IS MY COUNTRY Ecological Footprint! With the earths population at 7 billion, human impact on the earth is causing serious environmental problems. Who is responsible and what can be done The Azorean Archipelago is composed of nine to insure a volcanic islands situated in the middle of thesustainable future for our planet? Scientists North Atlantic Ocean, and is located about 1 500have developed a tool for measuring our km west from Lisbon and about 3 900 km eastimpact on the environment by studying an from the east coast of North America. Theindividual’s daily use of water, islands, and their economic exclusion zone, formtransportation, energy, and food, as well as a the Autonomous Region of the Azores. Its mainpersons daily garbage production. A industries are: agriculture, dairy farming, minormathematical formula is then used to livestock ranching, fishing and tourism.calculate how much land and water area a There are nine major Azorean islands and anhuman population requires to produce the islet cluster, in three main groups. These areresource it consumes and to absorb its Flores and Corvo, to the west, Graciosa, Terceira,wastes, using prevailing technology. This São Jorge, Pico and Faial in the centre, and Sãomeasure is called an ecological footprint Miguel, Santa Maria to the east. All the islandsand has emerged as the world’s premier have volcanic origins, although some, such asmeasure of humanity’s demand on nature. Santa Maria, have had no recorded activity sinceYou can calculate your Footprint in order to the islands were settled. Mount Pico, on thesee your impact on the earths systems and island of Pico, is the highest point in Portugal, atresources. Then you can compare footprints 2 351 m (7,713 ft). The Azores are actually somebetween countries to see who uses more of of the tallest mountains on the planet, measuredthe earth to sustain their lifestyle.Once you from their base at the bottom of the ocean toknow your impact, you can begin to find real their peaks, which thrust high above the surfacesolutions to environmental problems caused of the Atlantic.by overuse of the earths finite resources. Because these once-uninhabited and remoteThese solutions will be things individuals can islands were settled sporadically over a span ofdo at home, work, and school to help two centuries, their culture, dialect, cuisine andconserve the earth and insure a sustainable traditions vary considerably.future. The Azores have received several nominations, distinctions and recognitions by multipleCalculate Your Footprint: organizations, entities and publications, by its http://www.zerofootprintkids.com natural heritage, being distinguished as a Nature /kids_calc.aspx?q_id=12(Zero Footprints: Destination of excellence. Calculator For Kids) In Azores it can be made scuba diving, whale http://www.myfootprint.org/en/vi watching, hiking, golf and others activities sitor_information/ (Calculator by related to nature. Redefining Progress) João Martins 2
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Portugal page PNOC: PROJECT MEETINGS One of the very important stages of the project to plan out theactivities scheduled for every year “PNOC – Preserving Nature for Our Children” was of the project; to develop the partnership and the accomplishment of project meetings which have teamwork and to narrow the personal counted with the presence of teachers from all relationships which were very important for the partners’ schools.These meetings had as main aims success of the project.Azorean team The first meeting took place in October 2010, in The second one took place in São Miguel Island Turkey, in Ankara (Arrifes) - Portugal, in October 2011 Who was Johann Amos Comenius (J.A. Komenský)? moved to his aunt’s in Stráznice in elected bishop of the university, in 1603 and before he went to the the same year, and when the latin school in Prerau in 1608, Thirty Year War was finished, he which he finished in 1611. From returned to Lissa. In the following 1611 till 1614 he studied at the two decades, the Czech theologian universities of Herborn and and pedagogical reformer had to Heidelberg. As teacher and move very often. In 1650 he left principal, he taught and led his Lissa to Sárospatak for four years “own” latin school from 1614 till and then came back to Lissa for 1618. In 1616 he became a priest two years. When Lissa was burned and did his work from 1618 to in 1656, he escaped for 14 years 1621 as a preacher and teacher in to Amsterdam, where he had, in Fulnek. Because of the Thirty Year 1669, a quarrel with another War, which began in 1618, he had theologian. Finally he died in to move frequently between 1621 Amsterdam in November 15th, The choice of the name and 1628. A new country decree 1670. Jan Amos Komenský wasCOMENIUS for the COMENUIS for Mähren was the reason why he buried in Naarden, not far fromprogramme is a reminder of moved in 1628 to Lissa in Poland, Amsterdam. He supported theEuropes rich educational where he stayed until 1641. christian education and theheritage. Johann Amos Comenius, reforms of the school, especially inor Jan Amos Komenský, was born Comenius was also in London and the Netherlands from the language instruction. He isin March 28th, 1592 inNivnice best known for his contribution to(Southeastmähren/ Czech 1641 till 1642. From 1642 till 1648 he worked in Sweden and teaching.Republic). His father’s death wasin 1602 and his mother’s in the helped with the educationfollowing year. That’s why he reforms, but in 1648, when he was Azorean team 3
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Portugal page THE EARTH CHARTER 8. Advance the study of ecological sustainability and promote the open The Earth Charter is a declaration of exchange and wide application of thefundamental ethical principles for building a knowledge acquired.just, sustainable and peaceful global societyin the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all III. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICEpeople a new sense of global 9. Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, andinterdependence and shared responsibility environmental imperative.for the well-being of the whole human family, 10. Ensure that economic activities andthe greater community of life, and future institutions at all levels promote humangenerations. It is a product of a decade-long, development in an equitable and sustainableworldwide, cross cultural dialogue on manner.common goals and shared values. 11. Affirm gender equality and equity as prerequisites to sustainable developmentPrinciples and ensure universal access to education, health care, and economic opportunity.I. RESPECT AND CARE FOR THE 12. Uphold the right of all, withoutCOMMUNITY OF LIFE discrimination, to a natural and social1. Respect Earth and life in all its diversity. environment supportive of human dignity,2. Care for the community of life with bodily health, and spiritual well-being, withunderstanding, compassion, and love. special attention to the rights of indigenous3. Build democratic societies that are just, peoples and minorities.participatory, sustainable, and peaceful.4. Secure Earths bounty and beauty for IV. DEMOCRACY, NONVIOLENCE, AND PEACEpresent and future generations. 13. Strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and provide transparency andII. ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY accountability in governance, inclusive5. Protect and restore the integrity of Earths participation in decision making, and accessecological systems, with special concern for to justice.biological diversity and the natural processes 14. Integrate into formal education and life-that sustain life. long learning the knowledge, values, and6. Prevent harm as the best method of skills needed for a sustainable way of life.environmental protection and, when 15. Treat all living beings with respect andknowledge is limited, apply a precautionary consideration.approach. 16. Promote a culture of tolerance,7. Adopt patterns of production, nonviolence, and peace.consumption, and reproduction thatsafeguard Earths regenerative capacities, http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/contenthuman rights, and community well-being. /pages/Read-the-Charter.html 4
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Bulgaria page IT ISMY COUNTRY The Bulgarian Rose Valley Located between the Balkan range and Sredna Gora Mountains, the Bulgarian Rose Valley is the home of the exquisite Bulgarian rose oil, also known as “Attar of roses” or “Rose otto”, and world center for rose otto production.Bulgaria occupies a portion of the eastern Balkanpeninsula. The most notable topographicalfeatures are the Danubian Plain, the BalkanMountains, the Thracian Plain, and the RhodopeMountains. Bulgaria is home to the highest point of There are over 7000 varieties of rosesthe Balkan peninsula, Musala, at 2,925 metres worldwide, yet only few are known as oil(9,596 ft)and its lowest point is sea level. producing.Plains occupy about one-third of the territory, Bulgaria is one of the biggest producers of rosewhile plateaus and hills occupy 41 per cent.The oil in the world. The reason for this is hidden incountry has a dense network of about 540 rivers, the high qualities of the Bulgarian Kazanluk rosemost of which are relatively small and with low ("Kazanlashka roza"). The Bulgarian roses arewater levels. The longest river located solely in inheritors of the so called Damascena rose, thatBulgarian territory, the Iskar, has a length of 368 was brought here ages ago.kilometres (229 mi). Other major rivers includethe Struma and the Maritsa in the south.Bulgaria has a dynamic climate, which results fromits being positioned at the meeting point ofMediterranean and continental air masses and thebarrier effect of its mountains. Bulgariasbiodiversity is conserved in three national parks,11 nature parks and 17 biosphere reserves. Nearly35 per cent of its land area consists of forests,where some of the oldest trees in the world, suchas Baikushevs Pine and the Granit oak, grow. Itsflora encompass more than 3,800 species of which170 are endemic and 150 are consideredendangered. The fauna is represented prominentlyby the brown bear and the jackal, while the The rose oil is called "the liquid gold" of Bulgaria,Eurasian lynx and the Eastern imperial eagle have because it is a very expensive product, usedsmall, but growing populations.Eye-catching mainly for the making of perfumes, chocolates,mountain lakes, sunny beaches, gorgeous rose liqueur and jam. The rose oil is 3 times morevalleys, curative hot springs and deep chilly caves expensive than the real gold. One kilogram rosecoexist in harmony. Bulgaria has a wide outlet on oil can be extracted from 3000 kg of roses. Thisthe Black Sea and river Danube. Hills and means, that for one gram of rose oil are usedmountains are the predominant topographic more than 1300 rose blossoms! Every flower isfeatures. picked by hands and preserved carefully for the http://en.wikipedia.org distillation. 5
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Bulgaria page PROJECT MEETINGThe days from 30th May to 3rd June were wonderful Plovdiv is the second-largest city in Bulgaria.Thedays for our school. We welcomed our friends from Roman theatre in Plovdiv is the best knownAzores and Romania. It was lovely to show them our monument from Antiquity in Bulgaria.It was builtschool, town and nature.Our guests were very in the beginning of the 2nd century.happy to see another beautiful town - PlovdivPark Knyaz Boris Garden in Sofia it is the oldest Vitosha is the most visited Bulgarian Mountain. Itand best known park in Sofia. rises immediately above Sofia and is one of the symbols of our capital. Alexandra- 7A BIODIVERISY: WHO CARESDuring the project meeting in Bulgaria we were so We learned why Food chains / Food webs are veryhappy and excited. We made friends with students important for nature.from Romania and Azores. We spent fantastic week We enjoyed a lot of the activities especially oftogether. making a food web. Students and teachersOne of the activities we did was a biology lesson participated in a biology lesson about the Foodabout the Food chains and the Food webs. chains and Food webs.They built a food web. Dzhordzhia Dimitrova – 7B 6
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Bulgaria pageStudents presented some species / animals and them and showed some pictures of these species.plants / which are typical for their country. They Each country gave some examples of plants anddescribed their main characteristics, places where animals which are threatened with extinction.we can findWe reachedthe common conclusions about the ways which showed that we are all part of nature andwe can help nature conservation or minimise nature is part of us. We have to preserve naturehuman impact on the plants and animals for our children.surrounding us.Finally,studentsexpressedtheir attitude which showed that we are all part of nature andtowardsnature as painted wood with branches. nature is part of us. We have to preserve natureInstead of leaves, they put their palms, for our children.VyaraLazarova - teacher 7
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Slovakia page IT IS MY COUNTRY Ecological Day Winter has just ended up its reign and early spring has removed the mystery from melting snow. Besides the beautiful germinating verdure, lots of garbage has been strewed around. For that reason, we have decided to take an action and help our nature. A short time ago, during a sunny day, we organized an ecological day with no litter. Our freshmen, without any hesitation, took sacks and collected everything that had not belonged to our nature in the park. Lots of litter such as paper, plastic wrappings, PES bottles, and clothing finished in those sacks that were thrown into rubbish bins later on.Slovakia lies between latitudes 47° and 50° N, andlongitudes 16° and 23° E.The Slovak landscape is noted primarily for itsmountainous nature, with the CarpathianMountains extending across most of the northernhalf of the country. Amongst these mountainranges are the high peaks of the Tatramountains.[46] To the north, close to the Polishborder, are the High Tatras which are a popularskiing destination and home to many scenic lakesand valleys as well as the highest point in Slovakia,the Gerlachovský štít at 2,655 metres (8,711 ft),and the countrys highly symbolic mountainKriváň.Major Slovak rivers are the Danube, the Váh andthe Hron. The Tisa marks the Slovak-Hungarian This activity lived up to us estimate of pleasantborder for only5 km (3.1 mi). feelings. We encountered an amazing sight ofThe Slovak climate lies between the temperate and cleaned nature supplemented by a thought ofcontinental climate zones with relatively warm throwing litter into bins rather than leaving themsummers and cold, cloudy and humid winters. behind. Finally, we warmed the cookies of our http://en.wikipedia.org heart because we could get closer to our nature. 8
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Slovakia page Litva - Vilnius 12. 05. 2011 - 20. 05. 2011 I was one of the eight lucky students whoparticipated in Comenius school partnershipprogramme which was held in Vilnius, Lithuaniafrom 12.05. - 20.05. 2011. The major aim of thewhole project is to protect our natural heritage forthe next generation. When the day of our departurecame, we all had already been prepared, packedand full of expectations from our upcomingadventure in this unknown country. Firstly, wetravelled by bus to Krakow. Later on, we flew fromthis town to Warsaw and then to Vilnius. By theway, it was the first time I had flown by plane in mylife.  Seeing the plane´s movements high in thesky altogether with miniature pictures of housesright below us, was unforgettable experience forme. I had been nervous about meeting with them, but in the end, everything went ok and I was happy for having such a great family.They were really nice to me and helped me with my English so much. The girl, who was hosting me in her family, was Joana. This was the greatest experience for me to speak English. I had just been studying English for a year before I went to participate in this project so I was a little bit nervous about my English. Finally, I was surprised how much I improved during this project. We had a great time together and when we did not understand each other, we used Google njoyed spending time together.As soon as we arrived at the airport in Vilnius, westarted to realise that our new adventure wasabout to start. We started to feel the worms in ourstomachs and nervousness. It was nice to knowthat we were going to spend a few days in the newenvironment differ in culture, language andtraditions but on the other hand, we were alsoafraid of our new families with whom we weresupposed to stay with the following days. We allwere fighting with two different feelings in ourbodies. Our meeting with other students andteachers was amazing. We introduced to eachother, shared our first feelings from the journeyand after all we went to our families.During theproject, we visited some cultural and historicalplaces where we could see lots of beautiful things,sculptures, sights etc. 9
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Slovakia pageWe also went to the castle Trakai surrounded by this project because it helped me broaden mybeautiful nature.Furthermore, we made chocolate experience, knowledge and improve my English.Ibonbons there. Then we visited peninsula and did have brought lots of amazing memories with meecological hiking there. This place is famous for back home. I have learnt new things about theirnot being touched with human beings. They also culture, nature and met new people who I am stillgave us some free time there so we went shopping in touch with. I hope I will get anotherto shopping mall in the end. Thanks to this project opportunity to be a participant in any otherI can say that the Lithuanians are very generous similar projects like this one. I believe I will neverand nice people.I am really happy I could regret being there.participate in Daniela Jedličková New experiences Azore 2011From the 1st to the 9th of October 2011, me and As well, we tried their typical meal Cozido, a richtwo other students participated in a student meat and vegetable stew boiled underground inexchange on a beautiful island in the middle of the a huge pot for between five and seven hours. ItAtlantic Ocean called São Miguel. It is the biggest was a remarkable experience.island of Azores archipelago, which consists of a This Portuguese island was also visited bygroup of nine islands. students and teachers from Bulgaria, Romania,During our stay, we were accommodated in Lithuania and Turkey. The Azorean studentsfamilies of Azorean students. The students and made presentations about each country to learnteachers prepared an amazing program for us. For and find out more about one another.instance, we had a chance to participate in some of As we shared the houses with our hosts and didtheir lessons. It was interesting experience a lot of activities together, our communication inbecause their classrooms and style of education English improved significantly. Also, I met newdiffer a little bit from ours.Even though, it was a interesting people and had the chance to get tostudent exchange, our hosts organized plenty of know their different culture and lifestyle. It wastrips to show us amazing places. For example, they an amazing and unforgettable experience for metook us to a lava tunnel Gruta do Carvão, a thermal which gave me a lot. Therefore, I can onlyswimming pool located in a wonderful Terra recommend to other students to participate inNostra Park where we swam, a tea factory of Porto such projects.Formoso, Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake) and manyother fascinating places. 10
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Turkey page IT IS MY COUNTRY Kuş Cenneti Milli Parki An estimated 255 species of birds visit Bird Paradise National park at the edge of Kuş Gölü,the lake formerly known as manyas Gölü.located on the great migratory paths between Europe and Asia, the park is a happy combination of plant cover,reed beds and a lake that supports at least 20 species of fish. The park will delight amateur and professional birdwatches alike, and a good field guide and some mowquito repellent will enhance the experience. At the entrance to the park, there is a small museum with displays about various birds.The territory of Turkey is more than 1,600kilometres (1,000 mi) long and 800 km (500 mi)wide, with a roughly rectangular shape. Turkey isdivided into seven census regions: Marmara,Aegean, Black Sea, Central Anatolia, EasternAnatolia, Southeastern Anatolia and theMediterranean. The uneven north Anatolian terrainrunning along the Black Sea resembles a long,narrow belt. This region comprises approximatelyone-sixth of Turkeys total land area. As a generaltrend, the inland Anatolian plateau becomesincreasingly rugged as it progresses eastward. Thecoastal areas of Turkey bordering the Aegean Seaand the Mediterranean Sea have a Two main groups of birds visit the lake: those thattemperateMediterranean climate, with hot, dry come here to breed (March-July),and those thatsummers and mild to cool, wet winters. The coastal pass by during migration,either headingareas of Turkey bordering the Black Sea have a south(November) or north (April-May), Amongtemperate Oceanic climate with warm, wet the birds that breed around the lake are thesummers and cool to cold, wet winters. The Turkish endangered Dalmatian pelicn, the great crestedBlack Sea coast receives the greatest amount of grebe, cormorants, herons, bitterns andprecipitation and is the only region of Turkey that spoonbills, Over 3 million birds fly across the areareceives high precipitation throughout the year. on their migratory routes. http://en.wikipedia.org Cappadocia is located in the District of Nevşehir. Fairy Chimneys, the name given to the natural structures in Cappadocia. When the volcano has been spewing around the fairy chimneys, Cappadocian, millions of years, with the wind rivers and etching. Also to be seen anywhere in the world’s few fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, as well as the seven wonders of the world is not so heavily is known as one of the. The valley formed by the waters of the rain, outside thefairy chimneys, a separate region of interesting folds to the slopes of the feature. Due to the difference in the heat of the lava layers are seen in some of the slopes in colour. 11
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Turkey page Feelings About The Trip - AzoreAs we had been performing a Project about nature, there were the ocean and many craters around us.Mrs. Elvira and Mr. Antonio organized a trip for us ON the last day that we spent on the island wason the island. First day, there were a lot of like a final. We went to near the volcanic lakes andmeetings for teenagers to have their attention our guide said that this valley could be the lost cityabout nature. After the meetings, we went to a of Atlantic. We were very excited. I thought that Imilk factory and that milk was the first local taste. was very lucky.Second day, we went to Funsas which is popular When we were going to catch the flight, we almostwith thermal and boiled water. We enjoyed the trip didn’t realize that there was an importantvery much. We also went to a pineapple garden on sentence for us ‘The Atlantic and You’. At thethe same day. Third and fourth day of the trip, the moment, we looked each other (me and Abdullahviews that we saw was wonderful. When we Yrttaş) and decided that it should be the the namereached the top of the mountain, of our article about the trip. Murat Iseri- teacher Feelings About The Trip - Turkey We saw fantastic places. They really liked the tripI am writing about the trip that we had with of Bosphorus. They said they want to come toLithuanian students. Firstly, I want to tell İstanbul and see those places again and then wesomething about them; they are very friendly and talked about the history of the city.we have a good relationship with them. It was very enjoyable being with the students whoI think they were very impressed by our culture. have another cultures. Because we had a chanceBecause they were always talking about it and they for telling about our culture, language and also wesaid that we have a rich culture. We traveled had a chance to learn about theirs.around Turkey, we went to İstanbul, Ankara, I am very glad to be in this Project. I adviseBeypazarı, Nallıhan and Nevşehir. everybody to be. 12
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Turkey page Lake Abant (Turkish: Abant Gölü) is a freshwater lake inTurkeys Bolu Province in northwest Anatolia,formed as a result of a great landslide. The lake liesat an altitude of 1,328 m (4,357 ft) at a distance of32 km (20 mi) from the provincial seat of Bolu city.It is a favorite vacation and excursion spot for bothTurkish and foreign travellers thanks to the naturalbeauty of its surroundings Lake Abant is a naturalpark. European black pine, Scots pine, oaks, ashes,hornbeams, willows, junipers, tamarisks, hazels,common medlar, and strawberry trees are amongthe tree species that make up the lakeswoodlands,and there are wild boars, fallow deer,roe deer, brown bears, red foxes, jackals andrabbits in the surrounding forests, which makesthe lake a prized location for hunters during theseaso Inözü Valley Human activities and demands for daily tourism are increasing over the last years. Therefore, there is an urgent need to inform local people about ways of nature-friendly use of the valley and develop the infrastructure for nature tourism.At least ten pairs of Black storks (Ciconia nigra) that nest on the cliffs make the valley qualify as an Important Bird Area. Furthermore, many raptors breed in the valley. Some key breeding bird species are Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), lanner falcon (Falco biarmicus), long-legged buzzard (Buteo rufinus), raven (Corvus corax) and ruddy shelduck (TadornaThe Beypazari Province is located 100 km west of ferruginea). There is also rich diversity of plant andAnkara city center. Traditional architecture and butterfly species in the sitecultural characteristics of the region are largelyprotected. Therefore, Beypazari became one of thenationally important tourism attraction points overthe last years.Inözü Valley located to the north ofthe province is of exceptional value for itsbiodiversity and archeological ruins. The riparianpart of the valley is protected as a Natural Sit androcky hillsides are protected as an ArcheologicalSit. The site is internationally important for birdspecies. Inözü Valley is already one of the mainattraction centers of the Beypazari. Nevertheless,the locals of Beypazari are not aware of thebiological richness of the valley and existence oflarge bird species that breed very close to main .settlement area. 13
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Lithuania page IT ISMY COUNTRY Students‘ impressions from Slovakia Ruzemberok – a beautiful town. I was amazed by the architecture of the location. I fell in love with mountains from the first sight. Springs, tumbling waterfalls – just charming. People are really friendly, hospitable treated us warmly. Slovakian castles are fabulous and rocks striking. All the journey we were acompanied by the good mood. Martynas The travel to Slovakia made a big impression on me. The most memorable was the trip to Tatry mountains and visited rocks. It was also unforgettable to visit the Strecno castle and navigate through Rozomberek town. The Slovakian nature is really beautiful and magnificent. RasaIs a country in Northern Europe, the largest of thethree Baltic states. It is situated along thesoutheastern shore of the Baltic Sea. Lithuania liesat the edge of North European Plain. Its landscapehas been smoothed by the glaciers of the last iceage. Lithuanias terrain is an alternation ofmoderate lowlands and highlands; its maximumelevation is Aukštojas Hill at 294 metres (965 ft) inthe eastern part of the country. The terrainfeatures numerous lakes, Lake Vištytis for example,and wetlands; a mixed forest zone covers nearly33% of the country. The climate ranges betweenmaritime and continental, with wet, moderate Slovakia is a beautiful country not only from thewinters and mildly hot summers. There are five point of view of nature but also people. Every stepnational parks in Lithuania. To a large degree they in the country was kind of a miracle: from smallreflect the variety of landscape and culture of the hills to high mountains, amazing castles. We evencountry’s different geographical regions. The parks reached the 1751 hight and touched snow in thewere founded in areas unique in their nature and summer. My slovakian friend was really verytheir cultural monuments. In such areas, nature has friendly, every day she showed me a new spot ofbeen least influenced by man’s activities, farming her country, which is very different from myor industry, and many monuments of our past have country. I am very glad I visited this beautifulbeen preserved. Despite the planned and country since I have learned a lot of.tumultuous urbanisation and the industrialisation Loreta(although sometimes little advanced In Slovakia we were met by our Project partnerstechnologically) that have reached the remotest who also showed us their school. It was reallyvillages, much of the country’s wonderful natural interesting. Most of all I liked the host family. Weenvironment has remained. In Lithuanian folk tales made friends with Roman, his family Shanim andman often comes into collision with nature, family friend Filip. Alltogether we had a very gooddifferent plants and beasts. Dark forests and time in that beautiful country.mysterious lakes are fraught with surprises and Linasmenacing trials. http://www.balticroads.lt/en/learn/nature.asp 14
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Lithuania pageEvery time when you pack one‘s traps, you dream I left under the sharp impression after thisabout your future trip. The real impressions journey. Slovakian greenness, mountains amazedoverwhelmed the dreams. From the very step in my sight. We visited Tatry, the town Zilin,that country I was very happy. I saw mountains!!! Freedom rocks and Strecin’o castle. We alsoMy eyes just gleamed with happiness: enjoyed our time in Tatrolandaquapark, karting,unforgettable castles, reaching the sky, Tatry – one cafes. Slovakian families were very friendly andstep and you find yourself somewhere in the hospitable. To leave that beautiful country wasmountains!!! We even played the snow war in the really sad. I would like to come back heresummer. Slovakians are really friendly and smart sometime!!! Mildapeople. They are very communicative though notall speak English. Body language was very helpful.It was impossible to leave them without tears. Joana I will keep long my memories about this trip. It was amazing !!! From the very beginning we were accompanied by large smiles on the faces. Slovakian people are very friendly. The most I liked their nature: hills, mountains, valleys,springs and rivers. The most memorable trip was to Tatry. I will never forget the sight from the highest place in the mountains!!! Agnė Students‘ impressions from TurkeyThe most impressive from the very beginning wereTurkish families. I have never seen such a warmthand hospitality in a foreign country. What adelicious food in Turkey!!! Especially Turkishdelights!!! We saw a lot of interesting places. Butthe most memorable were Istambul and Capadokia.Istambul is a mega city with amazing culture andhistory. Capadokia is an ancient city full ofincredible historical sights about the first ages ofcristian culture. The dearest thing I have learned isthat people of different cultures and religions canbe very happy together.I find this Project veryuseful and unforgettable. AdelėIf only I could repeat this journey and this projectonce again!!! I had no idea that people from muslimculture can be so friendly. We met such awonderful hospitality in the Turkish families andhosting school that it is impossible to forget.I also improved my English, which is valuable. Ilook forward to participating in another project. Viktorija 15
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Lithuania pageBefore going to Turkey it didn’t occur to me that I The journey was just marvelous. Visiting thewould find the second home. The warm reception Turkish school I made friends with a lot of girls. Itproved that this journey would be among those was a beautiful possibility to improve my English,which I would never forget.In this journey I have since we talked a lot at their school, families,learned that people can be devoted to their culture visiting tourist sights. I liked the capital city ofso much. Also I was impressed by the way teachers Turkey – Ankara. It is a very clean, nice city withand students communicate between each other. beautiful mosques around the area. The trip toWe saw a lot of interesting sights just impossible to Istambul was unforgettable. We saw the placesdescribe!In this project I made not a friendship but where different cultures live together.a friendship for life! KarinaI liked the week in Turkey. Most of all impressed Capadokia was the most impressive historicalme people’s warmth and hospitality. I was a little sight I have ever seen.But the most dear to mebit afraid before going to the unknown country, but was communication with Turkish people. Theyit was contrary to expectations! We met there a are very hospitable and friendly. Also Turkishbeautiful country, amazing towns and cities: food is unique for its taste. I would like to comeAnkara, Istambul, Capadokia. I hope to come back back to Turkey and to participate in the project!to Turkey, since I left there part of my heart. Ieva Gintare 16
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Romania page IT IS MY COUNTRY The Black Sea The Black Sea is bordered by Europe, Anatolia and the Caucasus and it is ultimately connected to the Atlantic Ocean via the Mediterranean and the Aegean seas and various straits. The Black Sea has an area of 436,400 km, a maximum depth of 2,212 m and a volume of 547,000 km3. Rivers such as Danube, Nistru, Bug, Nipru, Rioni, Kizil-Irmak flow into the Black Sea. The medium annual temperature in the Romanian branch is +12.5o C. Water temperatures are in between 16-20 degrees Celsius in June, between 20-28 C in July and August and around 20C in September. Teodora -15 yearsIt is a country located at the intersection of Centraland Southeastern Europe, on the Lower Danube,within and outside the Carpathian arch, borderingon the Black Sea. Romania shares a border withHungary and Serbia to the west, Ukraine andMoldova to the northeast and east, and Bulgaria tothe south.At 238,400 square kilometers (92,000 sq mi),Romania is the ninth largest country of theEuropean Union by area, and has the seventhlargest population of the European Union with over19 million people. Its capital and largest city isBucharest, the tenth largest city in the EU, with apopulation of around 2 million.A high percentage (47% of the land area) of the We are trying to keep the beaches clean and wecountry is covered with natural and semi-natural often go to gather the waste. To help natureecosystems. Since almost half of all forests in means to help yourself.Romania (13% of the country) have been managedfor watershed conservation rather thanproduction, Romania has one of the largest areas ofundisturbed forest in Europe. The integrity ofRomanian forest ecosystems is indicated by thepresence of the full range of European forest fauna,including 60% and 40% of all European brownbears and wolves, respectively. There are alsoalmost 400 unique species of mammals. Some3,700 plant species have been identified in thecountry, from which to date 23 have been declarednatural monuments, There are almost 10,000 km2(3,900 sq mi) (about 5% of the total area) ofprotected areas in Romania covering 13 nationalparks and three biosphere reserves: the Danube The children too may contribute to keep theDelta, Retezat National Park, and Rodna National nature clean! It is not hard to make a smallPark. gesture for a better life. http://en.wikipedia.org 17
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Romania page Friends Forever – In Bulgaria June 2011A friend is a person you can trust and a person you I made new friends, I learned to speaklaugh with. You need friends for everything. I think. better English, I learned to behave moreYou need friends at school, sport events, parties, beautifully, to cherish every second, Ispare time and more. It wouldn’t be fun going alone respect everything.to the mall , on a mountain holiday, but when you Even though I love spending time with my friends,got a friend, it can be the most exciting thing in the I often like being with my family or just alone. Butworld. What I’m saying is a friend is something I got one friend that always understands. I can telleveryone need. And I would say it’s better to have a her that I’d just like to be alone and she wouldfew good friends, then a bunch of fake friends. Tedy smile and say okay. I really love that about her,is a person that can look at you and tell if there is and I really love my best friend. Tedy. My friend issomething wrong. Having Tedy as our guest in amazing. She is wonderful. But then I realizeRomania produced changes in my life because : that important moments are rare and short. Maria -15 years Friends Forever – In Slovakia June 2012The most interesting experience we had was being on We learned about the culture of Slovakia. Wethe High Tatra, because the nature is still wild there, found the whole visit to be an exciting experience.unspoilt by human intervention. We have never visited a foreign school before but the experience was interesting. Eliza and Maria-15 years 18
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children Romania page This happened in Romania April - May 2012The days from 28thApril to 6rd May we meet our Our guests were very happy to see Danube Delta.friends in our country. We welcomed our friends We learned to be more careful with the resourcesfrom Bulgaria and Turkey. We showed them our and to enjoy nature. The Danube Delta falls withinschool, town and nature.One of the activities we did east European steppe ecosystem, withwas a Biology lesson about the nature. We made Mediterranean influences. As a young region inposters and worked on how to make an interview. full process of consolidation, the Danube Delta represents a very favourable place for the development of highly diverse flora and fauna, unique in Europe, with numerous rare species. It hosts 23 natural ecosystems, but due to the extent of wetlands the aquatic environment is prevalent; the terrestrial environment is also present on the higher grounds of the continental levees, where xerophile ecosystems have developed. Between the aquatic and terrestrial environments, is interposed a swampy, easily flooded strip of original flora and fauna, with means of adaptation for water or land, depending on the season or the hydrological regime. Andrei-14 yearsDuring the project meeting in Romania, we were sohappy to make friends and learn about the customsfrom other cultures.This Project was an exciting experience. We werehappy to be part of this and meet people from othercountries.Nature has something specific in each country butalso has many features in common, just likehumans – she is happy when she is healthy.Let us all unite in one common goal – PROTECTNATURE FOR OUR CHILDREN, for all futuregenerations! Romanian team 19
  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children common page Multi interviews -This happened in our projectName and ...I m from ? Rafael Duarte Ana Silva Beatriz Almeida Carolina Botelho Sara Almeida Vera Raposo Portugal, Azores Portugal, Azores Portugal, Azores Portugal, Azores Portugal, Azores Portugal, AzoresHow old are you now? I m 15 years old. I’m 14 years old I m 15 years old I´m 14 years old I´m 15 years old I’m 14 years oldWhich country did you Slovakia Bulgaria. Bulgaria Slovakia Bulgaria Italy and Bulgariavisit?What was the most In my opinion it was The most interesting Meeting people and It was the trip to High I was able to live a It was to have theinteresting experience seing the nature of experience was to live different cutlture. Tatras. week like a bulgarian opportunity to liveyou had during the Slovakia because it’s with a family with a citizen and experience with other peopleexchange visit? quite different from different culture and a different culture. with different ours. to visit cultural places. customs and culture.What are you planning I will continue to I am planning to do To continue to To persuade people to I want to continue to Particularlyto do in order to get recicle and I´ll try to recycle, to use protect nature and not throw rubbish on protect the different encourage younginvolved in protecting warn people about renewable energy, to also warning the floor. "green areas"that I people to preservenature? the dangers of save water and to people to do so. have in my island and nature. Otherwise it polluting the care animals and to teach the youngers will only provide environment. plants with how they can help value when it is responsability. protect it as well. gone.*Michaela Babecová I My name is Simona My name is Daniela My name is Lenka My name is Michaela My name is Martina My name ism from Slovakia Bančejová. I m from Jedličková I m from Kuniakova. I m Matzenauerová I m Vieriková I m from Dominika Slovakia Slovakia from Slovakia from Slovakia Slovakia Vlniešková I m from SlovakiaI am 17 years old. I am 18 years old. I am 17 years old. I am sixteen years I´m eighteen years old. I´m 19 years old. I am 17 years old. old.I visited Lithuania. I was on the Azores I visited Lithuania. I visited Lithuania. I went to Azores. I visited the Azores I visited Lithuania. Islands. Islands.The most interesting For me, the most The most interesting The best experience The most interesting In the Azores, I lived in The most interestingexperience for me was interesting experience experience was when from Lithuania was experience for me was a family with friendly experience for mevisiting a lot of beautiful was when I visited we visited the beautiful visiting an island visiting a tea factory people and I had a during the exchangechurches and a library in Terra Nostra Botanical castle Trakai. Kuska Kosa where and tasting typical tea, chance to know new visit was when weUniversity of Vilnius. Park. was a desert Nida, and when we visited a country with charming were creating forests, marshes and pineapple plantation. landscape. figures from nest of cormorants. chocolate in the Chocolate Factory.I am planning to collect I will try to separate I will not pollute the air I would like to join a I would like to stop I´d like to protect our I will not pollute thegarbage in my town. paper, glass, plastic and I would like to sort group which is taking bears and other country against countryside and I and so on ;) the waste. protecting protected animals to pollution from will try to help environment to circuses. factories and litters. animals. show others, how people may defend the Earth. *Catalin Pluteanu. Veronica Albu Eden Alimsait. Andrei Alexandru Maria Ruxandra Eliza Iosif from Maria Cezarfrom Romania from Romania from Romania Popa from Romania Oancea from Romania Romania from RomaniaI’m 14. I’m 14. I’m 14. I’m 15 years old. I’m 15. I’m 14. I’m 14.I visited Bulgaria, I visited Bulgaria. I visited Bulgaria. I visited Bulgaria. I visited Bulgaria, I visited Slovakia. I visited Slovakia.together with some of my together with some ofschoolmates. my schoolmates.Well, I think hiking on I believe one of the I think the trip we took I really enjoyed the I have never visited a The most interesting To me, making newmountain Vitosha was most interesting to Vitosha Mountain Vitosha Moutain. foreign school before, experience I had was friends was the mostone of the most experience was was really exciting. I The view was so I was happy to be being on the High interestinginteresting experiences. meeting students from especially liked the amazing. there and meet Tatra, because the experience. AndThe landscape was the other countries view from the students from other nature is still wild learning about otherabsolutely spectacular. and sharing ideas with mountain. countries. And, of there, unspoilt by cultures.Besides, we had a lot of them. course, as I think human intervention.fun with the students everybody said, I reallyfrom the other countries. liked the VitoshaAfter taking part in this I learned a lot about Well, I plan to pay I will sort garbage, I think I will be more I am going to become a I intend to getproject, I learned that nature by getting more attention to recycle more and careful with the volunteer of an involved in moreeven a small gesture, like involved in this project, resources, so I will make sure I will resources, so I am environmental projects like thispicking up garbage so I guess I will take probably use economic clean after myself planning to waste less organisation and to one. I live inpeople throw in the park, part in other school light bulbs, try not to when I have a picnic energy and use make my friends be Constanta, which is ais important, it makes a projects as well. waste water and, of in the park, or economic light bulbs. more aware of the big city on the coastdifference. So, I plan to course, not to pollute… anywhere in nature. environment. of the Black Sea, so Iget involved in more love the sea and theschool projects or even beach. I think I willjoin an organization take part in morewhich fights for nature’s activities whichrights. protect the sea. * images are proposed logos for the project 20
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  • PNOC Preserving Nature for Our Children common pageAbout project…This project was carried out by partners from six European countries and thei present the attitudes, motivations and behaviours of European teenagers, inan attempt to better understand to improve their ecological culture and consequently to better preserve and appreciate the value of natural resources. Thisproject help them to become more active in preserving nature putting into practice the maxim to "Think Global / Act Local".Ecological responsibility is based on the strong conviction in objectiveness of the ecological rules and in absolute prohibition of breaking these rules. We cantalk about the ecological responsibility, in case the ecological competence and culture become a regular part of individual and social life in Europeancountries.This partnership increase the students` awareness for understanding that the environmental issues can be exactly the same in all countries although therecan be cultural differences.The project promote the cooperation between different countries, exchange of experiences and respect to cultural similarities and differences. Studentsand teachers will develop their skills for work in a team. It help them how to plan and do the classroom activities, using modern information andcommunication technologies.This enhance a broad understanding of European cultural diversity together with an appreciation of how communication between people and communitiescan be safe, fast, efficient and rewarding. visit our website http://www.naturepreserving.com and you will find information that will help to PNOC „Preserving Nature for Our Children” Language Guide - Common product made by the team Calendar Newspaper from Azores 2012 Common product Website - Common made by the team Common product from Romania product made made by the by the team team of from from Turkey Lithuania Pamphlets - The editorial staff: Common Layout: product made PNOC Romania by the team DVD - Articles: from Lithuania Common The 6 PNOC schools product Editorial: Nature Book - made by the PNOC Azores Common team from Edit: product made Slovakia July 2012 by the team Printed in Romania from BulgariaContacts of the partener City /Country Email Website Name of the coordinator schools teacherEscola Básica Integrada de Ponta Delgada PORTUGAL ebi.arrifes@azores.gov.pt www.ebiarrifes.pt António PachecoArrifes - Açores144th Secondary school Sofia BULGARIA 144sou@dir.bg www.144sou.com Vyara Lazarova“Narodni buditeli”Spojena skola Ruzomberok Ruzomberok - SLOVAKIA riaditel@zssos.sk http://zssos.sk/ Veronika TuzinskaÖZEL SAMANYOLU CEMAL ANKARA -TURKEY ayurttash@gmail.com www.cemalsasmaz.k12.tr Abdullah YurttasŞAŞMAZ KOLEJİPilaites secondary school Vilnius- LITHUANIA rastine@pilaites.vilnius.lm.lt www.pilaitesmokykla.lt Virginija RatiukieneScoala cu clasele I - VIII Constanta - ROMANIA scferdinandcta@isjcta.ro http://www.scoalaferdinand.ro Popa Laura"Ferdinand" This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. 22