Students of UNESCO Associated Schools committed to water preservation
Water quality, soil erosion, biodiversity and the impact of industry, urbanization or hydropower plants on the waterways were among the issues researched and presented by ASPnet students at a recent international conference in Siberia.
Entitled “Youth Studies and Preserves the Natural and Cultural Heritage in the Regions of the Great Rivers of the World", the event brought together students and teachers in the Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk, Russian Federation, from 27 May to 2 June 2010. ASPnet participants of the Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, the Russian Federation and Ukraine met with delegations of the Northern Forum, uniting countries near the Arctic Circle, and students of the Khanty-Mansiyski Autonomous region of the Russian Federation. Each school presented their research works. Participants also visited the Ugra Research Institute of Information Technologies and the UNESCO Chair of Environmental Dynamics and Climate Change of the Ugra State University.
This Conference was organized for the third time by the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO along with the Government of the Khanty-Mansiyski Autonomous Region and National Committee of UNESCO Associated Schools. As an important forum for exchange, it encourages partnerships among schools working on water preservation. The Conference and research works contribute to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, which UNESCO leads. A final declaration summarized the view of the students on future actions needed.