The eighth EE workshop for students in summer season was held on 6th August, 2016 in Anzali Wetland Environmental Education Center, located in Selke Wildlife Refuge.

This EE program was implemented for 17 boy students of Dr. Shariati Secondary School of Rasht and one of the deputies of this school.

Ms. Yousefzade, the environmental education expert of DOE Gilan, explained about the current situation of Selke Wildlife Refuge and the students visited Bird Hide and Bird Watching Tower, and they could observed some of the resident birds in this area from these places by using the binoculars.

In the indoor training, the book on the “Anzali Wetland Ecosystem was introduced,” and students were involved in the discussion about the benefits and advantages of this rich ecosystem on humans’ life as well as the current problems in this wetland and the strategies to solve them.

Then, the Newsletter No. 5 of the Project was introduced to the students by Mr. Nakagawara from JICA Expert Team and some information about the Anzali Wetland Ecological Management Project – Phase II, and the joint pilot activities under each subcommittee have been given to the students. Moreover, the activities under the project’s subcommittees and the implemented EE workshops in cooperation with other related organizations in the Environmental Education Center have been introduced to this group.

DVD 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 workshop, questionnaire sheets have been distributed to the students.

The participated students requested to develop the EE programs in all schools in Gilan and they mentioned that these programs could change culture and attitudes of people about the wetlands, because if the humans became aware of the benefits of wetlands in their life will never destroy it and will have double effort to preserve this valuable ecosystem.