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Day 7 - Caucasus Mountains

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 At the seventh day participants  of  “Green Europe” had opportunity to see one of the most fantastic parts of Georgia - Caucasus Mountains.  


We visited 
Mtskheta, the older capital of Georgia.



As well we had pleasure to taste and see around 450 different types of Georgian grapes in
National Centre for Grapevine and Fruit Tree Planting Material Propagation.



It's Kazbegi region.



Great view



Lunch on the sky


We was in the Ananuri Fortress
Gergeti Trinity Church (Georgian: წმინდა სამება - Tsminda Sameba), but we didn't see landscape and majestic snow-covered Mount Kazbegi, because there was a very strong fog and we could see only 10 meters near us :)

 

It is paradise...



 This was the trip we will never forget!

Day 6 (working hard or hardly working?)

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Well, the sixth day of our project started quite usual - wake up somewhere around 9 am, tasty breakfast and short introduction of the day. Soon after that came an expert from local NGO Rezo Getiashvili: Caucasus Environmental NGO Network.





We had a grate conversation about ecological and environmental issues which are highlighted on the following photo.



In my opinion the most interesting theme was about Lazika - Georgian city of the future!! To understand what we are talking about see this:
http://www.commersant.ge/eng/?id=2877
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuJlXTUUQfM

From the point of view of economy development it looks really great, but what about environment:
http://info9.ge/?l=E&m=1000&id=631

Still, "to build or not to build" is for Georgians to decide.

And meanwhile we move to the next point of our day's agenda, which is Lithuanian ecology presentation. It was about Lithuanian national parks.


Michal Erenz, Lithuaniana group leader.



Pleasant to know that people in Lithuania take good care of nature!

After the lunch we had free time till the evening, so everyone could do whatever he or she likes (as far as it's legal)!

And in the evening we had a great party, organised by our Polish friends - Polish National Evening! We've tasted some traditional meals (Racuchy), listened Polish songs, even learned one of them (Czerwone Korale), played a lot of games:


Ola Kluczka doing Polish traditional toast





Thanks to Polish team for the party!!!

 
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The second day in Georgia started with plans for long long day.



 First ,,Green Europe” members got green, pink and orange stickers where they put their expectations, fears and strong sides.

The biggest fear was not to have enough time for fun – whatever did it mean.

Volunteers from Czech Republic and also our friends Libi and Petra organized city game in Rustavi. They divided us into four groups – Rustavi, Batumi, Tbilisi and Racha. After this we started game with the following rules.





Concentrated Batumi team

  1. To count fruits on the local market.

  1. To exchange small ballon to something better.
  1. To make art picture with fruit.
  1. To count how many big trash bins is in Rustavi. Collect trash and make a photo.



  1. After all we tasted traditional Georgian food khachapuri and game was over.

In conclusion we gained some information about Rustavi, people and we just had fun.

After the lunch eco specialist Tsiala Abesadze from The Greens Movement of Georgia presented us some points about pollution of the river. Then in groups we did presentations about Georgian main river Mtkvari.

Then we went to see the river.


Tsiala Abesadze from The Greens Movement of Georgia (right)

Brave Georgian men are not afraid of polluted Mtkvari water.



In the evening leader of Georgian group, Misha Shishinashvili,presented ecological problems of Georgia.
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At least Georgian evening: full of Georgian traditional dishies, folklore and of course tasted Georgian wine.

Traditional table ,,supra” with toast master tamada.

Perfect end of the long day. 

To be connected J

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The fourth day of the exchange was definitely an interesting one. 

On our way to Lagodekhi National Park, placed in the Kakheti region, we stopped for an unexpected but very nice break at the house of one of Georgian participant’s grandmother. We were invited for a very tasty meal.






In the national park we could have admired beautiful Georgian landscapes, mountains and the natural environment.









We found out that Lagodekhi park was founded by a Polish ecologist Ludwik Młokosiewicz. Then we watched a film concerning natural environment in Georgia.








But our trip was not finished yet. We visited Gvirabithe second biggest wine cellar in the world and we got to know more about Georgian wines production.





Swimming in a clear Kvareli lake was a perfect ending of our long day spent among Georgian nature.



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 We are ready to visit to Rustavi Municipality !!!
 


And again our "Youth in action" exchange group in Rustavi Municipality !!






Meeting with Youth Department of Rustavi !! from the Rustavi Youth Centre


Georgian group !!


ECO workshop in our team !!


This is Lukas 's Mickey Mouse. It's very very funny toy :D :D !!




REUSE of the plastic bottles to make such comportable shoes :))




Ukrainian Evening
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Whole team preparing pierogi :)
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Pavlo making Ukrainian pierogi. Is it easy?
Pavlo doing Ukrainian pierogi.

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Olha wearing original, traditional handmade Ukrainian shirt.
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During 3th day we worked in the main problems of environment, we spoke about Youth in Action (current projects and have we can start own project).


I. The first, we discovery 5 the most important environmental problems on the world

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 We shared on the 4 groups and every group worked at 5 the most importent enviromental problems and each group identified the most problems on this mind

1) Tbilsi group

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2) Rustavi group
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3) Racha group
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4) Last Batumi group prefered to save trees and didn't use paper, they organized brainstorm on the soft beds

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II. Youth in Action program. http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/youth/

We told about Youth in Action and SALTO program is the Programme the European Union has set up for young people. It aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the Union's future.

Aleks Metreveli, director of the Georgian Youth for Europe, our hosting organisation in Rustavi, doing presentation about Youth in Action and SALTO.
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Then was creating our own projects
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and presented it

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III. The end of interesting day was Lithuanian evening, we closer made acquaintance with Lithuania country, traditional and coloration of people.

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We where eating traditional dishes

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and we are waiting for the next day...

First day in Rustavi (Georgia)

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So here we are in Rustavi - representatives of four countries: Georgia, Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine! Everyone had a tough day trying to get here. Airports, planes and hours of waiting really exhausted us, but still everyone is happy. Georgia, here we are!!!

Few hours of rest and here it is - our introduction session:

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A few "get to know each other" activities and you can easily start the conversation not with the words "Hey you!" but with the persons name.

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And as for the evening - everyone had spent it whatever he likes (talking, sleeping, dancing etc).

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Good night Rustavi, see you tomorrow!
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The Great Six
The Great Six: Marcin, Wojtek, Ania, Asia, Lukasz, Natalia (Fot. REVERS)

Joanna, Lukasz, Marcin, Wojtek, Natalia and Anna met on a sunny Sunday morning. As the secret sources claim, it was a huge challenge.  The group’s aim was to discover Zakrzowek, a remote part of Krakow. They learnt the story of the place and focused on the unique butterfly called Scarce Large Blue (Polish "Modraszek", Latin "Phengaris teleius"). Although the adventure started literally in the grass, it was followed by hard work at Jagiellonian University, which results you can see right now.

Zakrzówek
Zakrzowek (Fot. REVERS)


Where is Scarce Large Blue? (Fot. REVERS)

The meeting was a part of the project ‘Green Europe’. It is a youth exchange gathering participants from Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Georgia. The event will take place in Rustavi, Georgia,  where groups of five are going to exchange their knowledge concerning environment protection in their countries. The participants will also get to know more about the natural environment in Georgia. The project is organized within the framework of the ‘Youth in Action’ programme. To find out more about the programme and youth exchanges, check www.ec.europa.eu/youth

Rustavi
Rustavi, Georgia, Summer 2012, near office of our partner Georgian Youth for Europe (Fot. REVERS)

What exactly is Zakrzowek?

In 1990 a former calcium quarry was flooded. Thanks to this two water reservoirs, 25 meters from each other, were formed. The place charms with its nature and landcapes. Also, it offers interesting ways of spending leisure time such as diving or climbing.

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Zakrzowek, Krakow (Fot. REVERS)

Diving Centre Kraken provides you with various underwater attractions, just to mention a sunken bus, motorboats, Fiat 125p, a blue Nysa van and a cottage.

Calcium rocks are an object of interest for geologists because of their peculiar geological forms. You can observe clear lines separating the faults, between the edges there are grabens. In Zakrzowek you can find caves (Twardowski Cave and Jasna Cave), as well as a variety of karst forms.

Scarce Large Blue meadows
Scarce Large Blue meadows (Fot. REVERS)

The meeting 

As it has been mentioned before, we started our meeting on a beautiful and hot Sunday in July to pay our attention to the tiny butterfly Scarce Large Blue. After waiting for belated Lukasz and the troubles with Ania’s bycicle inner tube, we were finally ready to discover Krakow off the beaten track. During out trip we have also lost Natalia, as she was desperate to find and take a photo of the butterfly. Fortunately, we found both Natalia and the butterfly, which turned out to be a beautiful, colourful creature. Scarce Large Blue caught our attention thanks to his peculiar cycle of development, which we have learnt from doctor Beata Klimek from Jagiellonian University’s Institute of Environmental Sciences.

The butterfly’s female lays eggs on the blossoms of sanguisorba, which we could have observed in Zakrzowek and in the neighbourhood of the Jagiellonian University. A young caterpillar stays in hiding, this period lasts 2 weeks until it reaches the 4th larva stadium. Then the caterpillar falls to the ground. As it lies on the bedding, it resembles a lost ant’s larva. At that moment , caterpillars are able to discharge chemical substances called attractors, which affect some species of ants. After finding the larva, which is usually lying still, by the ants, the process of its adoption starts.

The interesting lecture by doctor Beata Klimek was followed by the discussion on the issue of conflict of interest, as an academic swimming pool is planned in the habitat of Scarce Large Blue. The information really upset us.

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Sanguisorba (Phot. REVERS)

Later, we went to the building of Jagiellonian University in order to finish our work, talk over our trip and get to know each other better. While we were still working, a storm started and we had to come back home in the rain. However, even this weather change did not ruin our good moods. We consider that day as a very successful one and we hope our cooperation will be better and better!

Working on presentation which will be presented in Rustavi
Working on presentation which will be presented in Rustavi (Phot. REVERS)

We invite you to watch our English presentation, which will be shown to all participants of the exchange in Rustawi. You can keep updated with our project on: www.greeneurope2012.livejournal.com. We will return soon ☺

The result of the Great Six’s work

Protection of habitats of butterfly Scarce Large Blue presentation:

LiveJournal: 
http://greeneurope2012.livejournal.com/516.html

SlideShare:
http://www.slideshare.net/revers_org_pl/protection-of-habitats-of-butterfly-scarce-large-blue


Youth exchange funded by  Logo Youth in Action
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Wspaniała szóstka
Wspaniała szóstka: Marcin, Wojtek, Ania, Asia, Łukasz, Natalia (Fot. REVERS)

Joanna, Łukasz, Marcin, Wojtek, Natalia, Anna spotkali się w słoneczny niedzielny poranek. Jak wiemy z tajnych źródeł był to dla nich nie lada wyczyn. Celem było poznanie krakowskiego Zakrzówka. Zapoznali się z historią tego miejsca, usłyszeli co i gdzie w trawie piszczy. Swoją koncentrację skierowali ku motylowi Modraszek. Wszystko zaczęło się w trawie, a kończy na Uniwersytecie Jagiellońskim. Dopiero teraz zaczęła się ciężka praca, rezultaty zobaczycie już teraz.

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Zakrzówek, w drodze do punktu widokowego (Fot. REVERS)


Gdzie jest Modraszek? (Fot. REVERS)

Spotkanie jest częścią projektu "Zielona Europa", wymiany młodzieży z Polski, Ukrainy, Litwy i Gruzji. W ramach wymiany pięcioosobowe grupy młodzieży z wymienionych krajów spotkają się w Gruzji, gdzie w Rustawi będą wzajemnie dzielić się wiedzą na temat ochrony środowiska w swoich krajach oraz dowiedzą więcej na temat środowiska naturalnego Gruzji. Projekt jest realizowany w ramach programu „Młodzież w działaniu”. Więcej na temat tego programu i wymian młodzieżowych można znaleźć na stronie www.mlodziez.org.pl

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Rustawi, Gruzja, Lato 2012, biuro Georgian Youth for Europe (Fot. REVERS)

Co to takiego Zakrzówek?

W 1990 został zalany dawny kamieniołom wapnia, powstały dzięki temu dwa akweny wodne rozdzielone przesmykiem o szerokości 25 metrów. Miejsce nie tylko zachwyca swoimi walorami przyrodniczymi i krajobrazowymi ale również oferuje ciekawe możliwości spędzania wolnego czasu mianowicie: nurkowanie, wspinaczka.

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Zakrzówek, Kraków (Fot. REVERS)

Centrum nurkowe Kraken zadbało o wiele podwodnych, zaskakujących atrakcji jak zatopiony autobus, motorówki, Fiat 125p, niebieska nyska i domek.

Skałki wapienne budzą zainteresowanie geologów, dzięki swoim ciekawym formą geologicznym. Można zaobserwować wyraźnie linie oddzielające uskoki, między zrębami pojawiają się rowy tektoniczne. Na Zakrzówku znajdują się jaskinie (Twardowskiego, Jasna), zachwyca również bogactwo form krasowych: leje, żłóbki i żebra krasowe...

Łąki na których występuje Modraszek
Łąki na terenie których występuje Modraszek (Fot. REVERS)

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Tak jak już wspomnieliśmy spotkanie rozpoczęliśmy w piękną 30 stopniową lipcową niedzielę by uwagę swą zwrócić ku małemu pięknemu stworzonku motylowi Modraszek. Po długich oczekiwaniach spóźnionego Łukasza i przygodzie z dętką rowerową Ani podążyliśmy nieznanymi ścieżkami Krakowa. Podczas wycieczki w celu poszukiwaniach Modraszki zgubiliśmy również Natalię, która usilnie próbowała odszukać i sfotografować motyla. Po znalezieniu Natalii znalazł się i Modraszek, który okazał się piękną kolorową istotką. Motylek przykuł naszą uwagę dzięki specyficznemu cyklowi rozwoju o którym opowiedziała nam Pani doktor Beata Klimek z Instytutu Nauk o Środowisku Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego.

Samica motyla składa jaja na kwiatostanach krwiściągu, którego mieliśmy przyjemność zaobserwować na Zakrzówku i okolicach Uniwersytetu. Młoda gąsienica motyla żyje w ukryciu, odżywiając się elementami kwiatostanów, okres ten trwa około 2tygodnie, aż do osiągnięcia IV stadium larwalnego. Następnie gąsienica spada na ziemię leżąc na ściółce imituje zagubioną larwę mrówki. Gąsienice w tym okresie są w stanie wydzielać substancje chemiczne zwanymi atraktorami, działające na wiele gatunków mrówek z rodzaju wścieklic . Po odnalezieniu przez robotnice leżącej zazwyczaj nieruchomo larwy rozpoczyna się proces jej adopcji. Po interesującym wykładzie Pani doktor rozpoczęliśmy dyskusję na temat konfliktu interesów a mianowicie w miejscu zasiedlenia Modraszki ma powstać akademicki basen z której to informacji nie byliśmy zadowoleni.

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Krwiściąg (Fot. REVERS)

Po burzliwych rozmowach przeszliśmy do budynku Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego w celu dokończenia pracy, omówienia wyjazdu i oczywiście lepszego poznania się. Podczas długiej zaciętej pracy rozpętała się burza i deszcz w który po zakończeniu spotkania wracaliśmy zmęczeni. I tak z pięknego słonecznego dnia stała się plucha, która jednak nie pogorszyła naszych humorów, uważamy ten dzień za bardzo udany oby tak dalej.

Przygotowanie prezentacji o Modraszku (Prawa autorskie do zdjęcia REVERS)
Przygotowanie prezentacji o Modraszku, Kampus UJ (Fot. REVERS)

Zapraszamy do obejrzenia przygotowanej wspólnie prezentacji w języku angielskim, która zostanie przedstawiona wszystkim uczestnikom wymiany w Rustawi. Do usłyszenia wkrótce:)

Informacje o przebiegu wymiany można znaleźć na stronie www.greeneurope2012.livejournal.com/

Prezentacja o Modraszku przygotowana podczas spotkania na www.livejournal.com:
http://greeneurope2012.livejournal.com/516.html

Prezentacja o Modraszku przygotowana podczas spotkania na SlideShare:
http://www.slideshare.net/revers_org_pl/protection-of-habitats-of-butterfly-scarce-large-blue

Wymiana finansowana przez logo Program Młodzież w działaniu