The World of Ubsunur Basin International Eco-School in Tuva
WWF regularly supports Ubsunur Eco-School as a key activity to strengthen the international cooperation between protected areas of both countries in the field of ecological interpretation. It is also a chance to encourage new generation to explore and experience the nature and identify new devoted employees.
‘It is the ninth season of the International Eco-School but the first time we've met so many participants, says Vladimir Kanzai, the Head of Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina Nature Reserve. This year the children of four districts of Republic of Tuva took part in the school activities. All of them are the leaders of eco-teams or winners of school eco-quests. Next year Mongolia will host the event and we are planning to send as many children as possible”.
The school participants had eco-quests, lessons and lectures on nature conservation. The children had a chance to meet real rangers and spend time right in the field visiting the area of Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina Nature Reserve that is usually closed for the visitors. There were the master-class on painting on rocks, dances and meeting new people and friends from “Blue Bird”, the Club of WWF Friends located in Kyzyl, the capital of Tuva.
The Ubsunur (Uvs Nuur) Hollow (Basin), one of the most special and interesting places in Central Asia, is located in Mongolia and Russia. It is the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Therefore such international exchange is vitally important for the dwellers of two neighboring countries.