One of NABUs biggest projects aims at the protection of the snow leopard from extinction in the areas of its habitat in the high mountains of Central Asia. For more than 30 years, the foundation has been not only catching poachers and helping wounded snow leopards but also educating local residents. NABU arranges classes in small mountain settlements where they explain characteristics of the snow leopard and ways to exist with this endangered species on the same territory.
During the discussion, the participants were particularly interested in the international projects of the NABU Foundation in Eastern Europe. From April 2021 to May 2022, supporters of the foundation and partner organizations are engaged in restoring the water balance of the marshes of the "Enchanted Land" of the National Natural Park located in the west of Ukraine. The NABU Foundation cooperates with the administration of the National Park and the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds and jointly, using scientific methods and practices of natural waterlogging, achieves success in preserving the unique territory.
Another project in Eastern Europe also left an impression on the participants: Since 2016, NABU has been cooperating with churches and religious organizations in Eastern Europe for nature preservation. Together with church leaders, environmental education programs for the local communities are organized and education materials published. Participants of the study visit even recognized one campaign from Western Ukraine against the use of plastic flowers on cemeteries in order to reduce plastic waste. Besides, NABU also implemented climate protection projects and introduced green certification standards with the help of religious communities.
Also our partners Bahna
and the Center for Environmental Solutions
from the SOIN network are engaged in nature preservation projects and education activities. You can find out more about their activities in the first shadow report on the achievement of SDG 12 in Belarus