An Environmental Education Workshop was held in presence of Director General of Education Organization (EO), Mr. Hajati, Deputy of Secondary Education, Mr. Akhlaghi, Deputy of Literacy Movement Organization, Mr. Akbari, a group of EO’s Head, as well as the schools’ principals near the Selkeh. This program was conducted in 10th November 2016, in Anzali Wetland Environmental Education Center, located in the Selkeh Wildlife Refuge.

In this program, Mr. Aoki the chief advisor of JICA Expert Team (JET) in Anzali Wetland Ecological Management-Phase II, explained briefly about the conducted activities and programs in the project, especially Environmental Education Sub-committee (EE Subcommittee).

Mr.Watanabe the EE expert of JET explained that history of EE in Japan and the action plan and joint pilot activities of EE. He said that it takes very long time to solve the many issues of the Anzali Wetland. Especially monitoring and adaptive management should be continued for very long time. School Student might involve the Anzali Wetland in future. Therefore, environmental education is very important for student. Japan has more than 40 years EE experience in school curricula by the ministry of education, culture, science, and technology. Based on Japanese experience, JET recommends experiential program in Selkeh. According to a study by National Institution for Youth Education in Japan, children and youth with much experience in nature have more sense of moral and justice than with less experience in nature. The experiential program in Selkeh must give students good effects especially for the Anzali Wetland conservation.

Mr. Hajati the Director General of EO noted the necessity of using experiences of developed countries in wetlands conservation. He said that, training from early ages, changing the viewpoint of principals, and raising the culture of preserving the environment are effective in restoring the wetlands. He pointed out that if we cannot make a difference in the way people and students think of environmental, regulation alone cannot be effective. Director General of EO said that development of environmental issues in form of New Year booklets for primary and secondary school students create a heart link among students is the ways to support the vitality of nature. Mr. Hajati referring to the commitment in environmental education for future generation added, holding field trip as well as specialized classes and continuous presence of principals and teachers of schools around the Anzali Wetland can make the environment to the first concern of teachers. By pointing to the good works that have done in the past 10 years to conserve the wetlands, he noted that despite these efforts, governments alone cannot conserve the wetlands and the role of environmental groups, heads of education organization and students are crucial in turning the knowledge to nature protecting behavior.

After the program in the EE center, all of participants went to the bird hide and the watching tower for bird watching by using binoculars and telescope. JET hopes all of participants understood that such experience of bird watching is very impressive and effective for EE programs for student.