Press-conference dedicated to the Volga Day results was held
The results of the celebration of the first Volga Day were presented at a press-conference on December 8, 2008 in Nizhny Novgorod. The press-conference was organized by the Coordination Centre of the Movement “Let’s Help the River” with the support of the UNESCO Moscow Office and Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia. An additional important event incorporated in the press-conference schedule was the awarding ceremony for the designer of the best Volga Day logo.
The celebration of the first Volga Day was organized on May 20, 2008 in Nizhny Novgorod in the framework of the 10th International Scientific and Industrial Forum “Great Rivers”. The celebration was aimed at different target groups and therefore included a variety of activities. 1100 people cleaned 31 km of benches of Volga tributaries in a large-scale ecological action. A seminar for people involved in the river cleaning process was organized and a round table dedicated to the issued of sustainable development of the Volga River basin was held. There were exhibitions on Volga basin flora and fauna and expositions of children’s drawings devoted to the theme of “water”. On the opening ceremony the international contest for the best Volga Day logo was announced.
39 logo proposals from Russia, Canada and the USA were received. The UNESCO Moscow Office, Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia and Coordination Centre of the Movement “Let’s Help the River” came to the unanimous decision. The logo created by Irina Bobylkova, young designer from Nizhny Novgorod, was selected as the best work.
Irina’s work fully meets requirements of the contest. Irina showed that Volga is a source of water, food, energy and beauty. In addition the emblem stresses biological diversity of the river ecosystem. Thus, the new symbol of the Volga Day will assist in development of tenderness and esteem for the Great Volga River.
The successful celebration of the first Volga Day and its appreciation by municipal authorities, public organizations and population indicated that this special day is needed, is important and will be celebrated in the future.
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