Tara eco-camp diary

The last day of eco-camp, August 25, 2013

The morning started with presentation „Positive experiences in Belgium on primary waste selection“ (Miloš Radojević, RDA), where we saw good practice examples and realized that national institutions must be involved and that is very important to constantly raise awareness of early age population.

After that we discussed our five-day work and suggestions for further implementation of project.

We initiated petition which would force national institutions to seriously tackle the problem of primary waste selection. Petition will be posted on the internet (on-line) and signatures collecting will also be organized.

We have completed evaluation questionnaries and stated that we were very satisfied and regret camp ending.

Project manager have closed the camp.

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Day 4, August 24, 2013

The fourth day started with a promo movie about waste management in the Republic of Serbia. Mesed Baraković (PUC Komunalac, Tuzla) and Miloš Radojević (RDA, Užice), walk us through the presentation. We learned about sanitary landfill construction, how do they work and what is the importance of primary waste selection for sanitary landfill.

We also watched presentation „Waste to art“, where we collectively made art objects created from waste collected during our stay on Tara. We enjoyed our creativity and variety of items we made.

In the afternoon, we went to Mitrovac and Zaovine Lake. Tepih livada (Meadow Carpets) and place where Josif Pančić saw spruce for the first time, made special impression on us. During the excursion, we experienced rigor of Tara mountain because of the rain and hail. This was an opportunity to observe how altitude affects biodiversity.

In the evening, we organized an exhibition of our work of arts.

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Day 3, August 23, 2013

The third day started with educational walk to nursery garden. Profesor Miodrag Petrović took us through seedlings of herbs showed us how they should be used. This was a great opportunity for us to get to know biodiversity of this area.

After the walk, we presented chart boards that we made yesterday, which shows process of primary waste selection in our schools and future activities.

Afternoon started with sport activities, we played with school friends and teachers.

Sport activities were followe by Presentation on energy efficiency. Knowledge gained from experience helped us made chart boards where we showed practical energy-efficient solutions in everyday life.

At the same time, teachers had roundtable discussion on: project methods and techniques, examples of best practice and work difficulties.

Finally, it`s time to disco!!!

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Day 2, August 22, 2013

The second day started with an educational walk where we were familiarized with Tara biodiversity. It was a chance to exchange the knowledge and see plants in their natural habitat.

After that, we were making the chart board that will show process of primary waste selection in our schools.

Regional TV “Lav” team visited us and recorder all camp activities.

7km long walk to the hotel “Omorika” was organized as a part of sport activities.

After returning, we took part in workshop “The numbers can speak” and through the mathematics, came to some interesting data on the amount of waste we create.

At the same time, teachers had roundtable discussion on “Medical waste disposal”.

Science-educational movie “Saving a Species” was shown at the end of the second day.

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Day 1, August 21, 2013

We came to Tara Mountain!

28 pupils from Tuzla and Užice, together with 17 teachers and project team members, stayed at hotel „Beli bor“.

Our first activity was introduction with camp agenda which was presented by Mrs. Ljubinka Krvavac and after that, we were touring Tara National Park. One of the employees, Mr. Miodrag Petrović, through wonderful presentation, showed us features and beauties of this protected area. We learned more about great diversity of wildlife and species that live only in this zone: Pančić`s Spruce (Picea omorika), Pančić`s Grasshopper (Pygromorphella serbica Pancic), Derventa Knapweed (Centaurea Derventana)...

Project team members gave us T-shirts and caps with sign of eco-camp.

In spare time, we were touring and viewing the environment and hotel ambience. At the end of the day, movie „Planet Earth“ was an introduction to future activities.

 

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