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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Kazakhstan 2017

Submitted by: Public Foundation "Young Guard"
Project: Native Priirtyshe (environmental volunteering)

This program seeks to engage the youth in environmental clean-up and to promote the forward-thinking process by having the future leaders educated with environmentally responsible ethics. This pilot program has been targeted at young people as it will provide a tangible project for them to work on and also teach the importance of the environment and the basic skills to maintain and promote the local ecology.

Initial situation
The River Irtysh has been contaminated in recent years, the result of this is an adverse reaction to the local ecology. The river bank is encumbered with deadwood and the river itself is a major aspect of the local ecological system. Past ideologies regarding the responsible use of this river have been lost in recent generations.

Solution
Involving the youth of the locale in the recovery of the River Irtysh will bring the river back into sync with the environment and awaken the indigenous youth’s kinship with the river. This river to the locals was once the center of their culture as it was where they sourced water for crops and other necessities for life. Clearing up the deadwood also reduces risk of fire considerably.

Innovation
This project uses the mentality of a younger volunteer group to the advantage of the effort. By making the process eventful and implementing games and workshops, the feedback provided through social media will increase awareness of the online profile.

Involved partners
Youth organisations

Jury-Rating
Educating the youth is the most effective way of ensuring that future generations understand the value of the environment and therefore future leaders as well. Specifically, here the plan is to clean up this river and make the process a fun and youth friendly event through social activities. This method makes the process friendly, productive, effective and promotes forward thinking.



Capital: Astana
Official language: Kazakh, Russian
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Source: Wikipedia 2012