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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Republic of Moldova 2018
National Environmental Center through expedition tours invites a small group of youngsters on an eight-day trip to educate them about climate change, basic concepts and real changes, in a practical way. In summer 2016, a group of 25 teenagers went in an ecological expedition on Raut river to learn about erosion and rehabilitation of the river. Beside the process of visualization and study of the numerous problems of the river, the group met local authorities in each of the towns situated on the river course to put inconvenient questions about their job in rehabilitation and maintaining of the river state.
The effects of climate change in the Republic of Moldova are seen primarily through the reduction of the amount of water from surface sources, as well as precipitation. The periodicity of the dry years is becoming more and more frequent. The volume of available water resources in the country is currently estimated at around 500m 3 / per capita/year, which already places Moldova in the category of countries with severe water scarcity and with the high risk of climate change impacts.
The solution is to sensitize youths about the effects of climate change in the Republic of Moldova through an environmental expedition and a massive planting campaign for rehabilitation of a sector of the river for protection against climate changes. During the tour, the students are given a set of educational materials on climate change issues, which was written in simple to understand language, published online and printed for distribution in schools. The environmental expedition in the sub-basin of the Raut River lasts eight days in order to study the climate changes on the river as well as giving the students more time in the natural environment.
The environmental expedition is an absolutely new type of learning activity for the pupils in Moldova. This method enables a relatively small number of participants from all over the country to engage in a fun, yet educative, learning experience about River systems and their conservation. Informational lessons are provided by the educators with the sole purpose of inspiring other pupils to take part in the program thereby generating a wide interest of the pupils to study more about climate change and its effect on the river