An Environmental Education (EE) Activity was held on 6th November 2016 for s girl students of Sama lower secondary school in cooperation with Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults) Kanoon(, Department of Environment (DOE) , and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the Anzali Wetland EE center located in Selke Wildlife Refuge.

In this program, 48 Participated students grade eight of Sama school could learnt the importance of the Anzali Wetland as one of the bird habitat, through bird watching activity by using binoculars and telescope from Bird Hide and Bird Watching Tower. They also became familiar with the different bird species such as wintering, summering, and passing migratory birds and resident bird, and they could feel Anzali Wetland closely.

Also the participated became familiar with this unique ecosystem and the conserving activity for restoring this wetland through the “Ecosystem of Anzali Wetland” booklet [link to] and watching the “Life in Anzali Wetland” film.

Many questions were asked from participated students about Anzali wetland conservation, the importance of the students’ role and ways to promote the EE activity in order to restore and conserve the wetland which Mr. Watanabe, the Environmental Education, and Anzali Wetland Ecosystem Expert from JICA Expert Team (JET) answered them.

Students also made the lotus by using the origami art.

It should be noted that the Director General of Kanoon, Mr. Pourhassan visited this EE program. After the program, Mr. Pourhassan, Mr. Gezhelhosseini, EE expert in Department of Environment (DOE), Mr .Aoki, Chief Advisor of JET, Mr. Watanabe and five experts of Kanoon discussed and confirmed about further collaboration with Kanoon for the EE activities by utilizing the Anzali Wetland EE center.

At last, JET would like to insist about the importance of EE. 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. Young generation will involve the Anzali Wetland in future. Therefore, environmental education is very important for children and youth. JET respects 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.

JET will prepare equipment such as more binoculars, telescopes, microscopes very soon. They must be upgrade environmental education program in Selkeh. The environmental education program in Selkeh will be developed and upgraded in collaboration between JET, DOE, and Kanoon.

Video of “Life in Anzali Wetland” which is one of the prepared materials for EE activities in the Phase I Project was shown to the students at the end of this program.

Booklet: Ecosystem of the Anzali Wetland [link to]

Life in Anzali Wetland