The Great White Pelican, That Was Shot by Poachers, Flew (Photo and Video Reports)

 

Today, more than 40 birds – Greater White-fronted Geese, Mallard Ducks and one Great White Pelican were placed in the Wildlife Ecopark for Biodiversity and Alternative Tourism “Vaya”, located 15 km away from Bourgas. The birds have been injured in poaching. They were healed in the Wildlife Rescue Center in Stara Zagora and now, with the assistance of the Via Pontica Foundation, they were flying again.

 

 

“We chose to let the birds here because this reserve is a unique place, from here the Via Pontica migratory road passes and there is a huge number of birds throughout the year,” said Dr. Rusko Petrov, Operations Manager of the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Green Balkans. Our rehabilitated patients, which were tagged, very quickly mingled with the Wild Residents of the Reserve.

 

 

Ana Yancheva is the manager of Eco Park, which works together with Green Balkans and the clinic in Stara Zagora, where treated animals are treated. The eco-park helps the birds after their healing and gives them the opportunity to adapt to their natural environment.

 

 

The Great White Pelican, about one year old, was shot with several shots, one of which seriously damaged the bird’s leg. In addition to it, Greater White-fronted Geese and Mallard Ducks are recovered and were also put into the waters of Lake Vaya. Their wings were pruned by poachers. Now, they are powered and within a few days is expected to have an improvement in their condition.

 

 

Ana Yancheva explains: “If there are sanctions, the poachers will not afford to hurt the animals. But there is another problem. This is ignorance of the species. Our task is to show them more often and people to have the knowledge that it is a protected species and should not hurt it. Many animals have suffered because of misunderstanding. ”

 

 

Hristina Klisurova from Green Balkans is one of the people who took care of the shot Great White Pelican. She is pleased that it is already at large and recalls how severe the condition of the bird was in the beginning. She said, “The bird was almost helpless. After the review, it was decided that the broken wing would remain at rest. The balls were not taken out because it would be more dangerous for the bird. The pellet with which the pelican was hit in the abdomen is also localized. So, after a month of recovery and treatment, the pelican is free. ”

 

 

This event ended happily, but what is the future of the birds that winter or live all year round in the water basins near Burgas? It turns out that it depends to a great extent on every person who touches wildlife.

Video of the event you can see HERE:

Here is a photo story from the event:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: Actualno.com and BTA

Video – Todor Stavrev

Photo- Vanya Yancheva

Bavarians Vote to Save Bugs and Birds—and Change Farming

 

In the face of plummeting insect and bird populations, citizens in the south German state are trying to make farmers preserve habitat.

For the past 11 days Bavarians have been standing in lines, sometimes quite long ones, to sign a petition designed to save bees, other bugs, and the birds that eat them.

Weeks before carnival festivities officially plunge Germany into silly season, adults in bee costumes have been a common site on the streets of this south German state. In Erlangen a few elderly ones lay on their backs on the freezing pavement and pumped their arms and legs to simulate bee agony. In Munich’s Marienplatz on January 31, a crowd that had gathered to launch the “Save the Bees” petition also attempted to set a world record for sustained mass buzzing.

The petition itself is not light-hearted, however. Nor is it simply a high-minded statement of principle. It consists of four pages of detailed amendments to Bavaria’s nature protection law which, taken together, would fundamentally change how farming is done in the state, with the overall goal of creating a connected web of wildlife-friendly habitat.

One amendment, for example, would require farmers to spare hedges and trees. Another would preserve five-meter-wide (16-foot) stripes of habitat on stream- and river-banks. Perhaps the most important would commit Bavaria to a goal of farming 30 percent of the state’s agricultural land organically, without chemical pesticides or fertilizers, by 2030.

Conventional farmers in Bavaria are by and large not thrilled.

As of the morning of February 11, some 900,000 people had lined up at town halls around the state to sign the petition. Organizers are confident that by February 13, when the two-week campaign ends, they will have gotten more than the roughly 950,000 signatures—10 percent of Bavaria’s registered voters—needed to send the petition to the state legislature. The legislature would then be required either to enact the petition or propose an alternative—with the final choice being made by voters in a special referendum a few months from now.

A coalition of conservation groups has recently called for the world to adopt a goal of protecting 30 percent of the whole planet by 2030 in order to preserve biodiversity. Bavarian supporters of the petition see themselves as pursuing a similar purpose at home—in a state that is the bastion of German political conservatism.

“In Bavaria there are many people who are actively engaged in protecting nature,” says Hans-Josef Fell, a prominent Green Party politician in Hammelburg who signed the petition but did not help organize the campaign. “They all see that humans are causing a dramatic disappearance of species in the world, the likes of which haven’t occurred on the planet since the extinction of the dinosaurs. They all want to counter that loss of biodiversity.”

Insect Armageddon

Honeybees get a lot of attention, but they’re essentially a domestic species, not a wild one—their population depends heavily on beekeepers. Although the number of bee colonies in Bavaria and elsewhere in Germany is lower than it was 30 years ago, it has been rising in recent years, as more people are taking up beekeeping again, often as a hobby.

“It’s not really about the honeybee,” said Agnes Becker in a televised debate last week. Becker is a leader of the Ecological Democratic Party, the tiny party that initiated the petition drive, in partnership with the Greens and with the Bavarian Association for Bird Protection. “The bee is our little mascot, our symbol,” she said. “But it stands for a very long and ever lengthening list of threatened animal and plant species.”

Recent research on both insects and birds has been alarming. A German study in 2017 reviewed insect survey data from 63 protected areas around the country; it found that the total mass of flying insects had declined by 76 percent over 27 years. That’s cataclysmic enough, but another study published last fall found even greater declines in insects in one Puerto Rican rainforest—and also in the lizards, frogs, and birds that eat insects.

Bird populations are falling in Europe too. The day after the German study was published in 2017, the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, or NABU, released a survey based on government data estimating that the country had lost more than 15 percent of its songbirds, a total of more than 12 million breeding pairs, between 1998 and 2009. The number of starlings alone declined by 2.6 million pairs.

A similar decline has been observed in France, and it has affected birds that are adapted to farmland most of all. Since 1989 the populations of 24 species of farmland birds in France have dropped by 33 percent, with the decline accelerating in the past few years.

Worldwide, according to a review published February 10 in the journal Biological Conservation, more than 40 percent of all insect species are in danger of extinction. Hardest hit are the groups that include bees and wasps, moths and butterflies, and dung beetles.

Pesticides are one threat to insects, of course. Last April the European Union banned the open spraying of three neonicotinoid pesticides that had been shown to harm honeybees. But the problem is more systemic, according to the Biological Conservation review and other research. The main driver of insect declines is loss of habitat, as land is farmed intensively or paved over in cities.

The People Legislates

The Bavarian constitution says “Laws are adopted by the Landtag [the state house of representatives] or by the people.” The Ecological Democratic Party, which got less than two percent of the vote in the 2018 elections and thus has no seats in the state house, has shown itself to be a master of the direct-democracy option. A petition it launched in 1997 led to the abolition of the state senate—a mostly powerless institution, to be sure, but one that had persisted for four decades. Another petition in 2010 yielded a statewide smoking ban in bars and restaurants.

The effort to reform Bavarian agriculture may prove just as consequential. In addition to preventing farmers from chopping down hedges and trees, the people’s petition would forbid the conversion of grasslands—pastures and hay meadows—to other agricultural uses. It would prohibit mowing large meadows from the outside in (which may trap creatures in the middle), and it would require that 10 percent of the meadows in the state remain unmown until June 15, so that wildflowers would have a chance to bloom and nourish insects.

To critics, including the state farmers’ federation and the agriculture minister, all this smacks of a “planned economy,” that is, of socialism—anathema in Bavaria. Farmers feel attacked by the petition and scapegoated for a problem that they say transcends agriculture.

Arno Zengerle is not a farmer, but he is the mayor of a small farming town, Wildpoldsried, in the foothills of the Alps. Under Zengerle’s leadership it has become a green-energy leader that, thanks to its wind turbines, solar panels, and biogas reactors, produces five times as much energy as it consumes. His town has also voluntarily invested considerably in wildflower meadows, he says. The save-the-bees petition is not his kind of green.

“Everybody wants to save the bees,” Zengerle says. “But what’s actually planned is to impose additional obligations on farmers, who already suffer under considerable bureaucratic burdens. In my view it will lead to more small farmers giving up their farms and renting or selling their land to larger operations.”

If the people’s petition is adopted, the state legislature will have a chance to modify the terms and reassure critics, proponents say—while holding onto the central point of the petition: Farming has to change if insect and bird habitat is to be preserved.

Karin Staffler, a beekeeper in Augsburg, sees the petition as a last chance. “If we wait until the whole world joins in, we’ll be waiting until there’s nothing left to save,” she wrote in an opinion piece in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, a Munich-based national daily. “We’ve all been standing by and watching for too long, now time is running away from us.”

Robert Kunzig , senior environment editor

National Geographic magazine.

 

 

Youth Festival of Applied Arts and Ecology on the Occasion of World Wetlands Day

 

 

To mark World Wetlands Day, the Via Pontica Foundation held a number of educational programs for children and students in the form of art events. In partnership with the school leadership of “Alexander Georgiev – Kodjakafaliyata” Primary School, on 08.02.2019, for the second consecutive year the “Art Event” –a festival of applied arts and ecology.

 

 

The event was attended by Prof. Dr. Sevdalina Tourmanova, Deputy Regional Governor and Regional Representative of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for Burgas and the Region, Milena Yarmova, Chief Expert at RIEW Burgas, Assistant Professor Svetla Dalakchieva, Principal Curator in Natural Sciences Burgas Museum and Mihail Nenov, Director of “Alexander Georgiev-Kodjakafaliyata” Primary School.

 

 

Under the motto “Wetlands and Climate Change” through an interactive approach, adolescents learned new things about environmental and climate change studies in the Bourgas Wetlands area and the adverse effects of this change.

 

 

With the creation of thematic art installations under the sounds of music and competitive tasks dedicated to the preservation of the Bourgas Wetlands, over 50 children from the 5th and 6th grade acquainted themselves with the rare and threatened species and their characteristic habitats near Lake Vaya.

 

 

In solving the current environmental challenges, the students showed critical thinking and had many original creative ideas.

 

Of course, in the end, everyone received educational leaflets, organic shopping bags, and the most creative works were awarded with special prizes.

 

 

 

Circular Economy: Ancient Populations Pioneered the Idea of Recycling Waste

 

The circular economy is typically seen as the progressive alternative to our wasteful linear economy, where raw materials are used to make the products that feed today’s rampant consumerist hunger, which are then thrown away.

The idea of the circular economy only took off in the 1980s, but this doesn’t mean that the practices at the core of a circular economy, such as repairing, recycling, refurbishing, or repurposing, are equally novel. All of these strategies have the aim of keeping materials in use – whether as objects or as their raw components – for as long as possible. And all are hardly revolutionary.

The repurposing of objects and materials may be as old as tool use itself. In Palaeolithic times, smaller flint tools were made from old hand-axes. People in the Neolithic period had no problem reusing standing stones to construct their tombs, such as seen in Locmariaquer in France. Even ceramics, made from clay and therefore available in abundance, were frequently recycled. Old pottery was often ground down to powder and used in the clay for new pots. On Minoan Crete, this ceramic powder, known as grog, was also used to manufacture the mudbricks from which houses were built.

At the Bronze Age site in Hungary where I excavate, spindle whorls made from broken pot fragments turn up regularly. Large stones at this site pose an interpretative dilemma because of their continuous reuse and repurposing, from grindstone to anvil and doorstep to wall support. In fact, up until the 20th century, repair, reuse, and repurposing were common ways of dealing with material culture. The dominance of the wasteful linear economy is a real historical anomaly in terms of resource use.

But we should be careful not to fall into the trap of the “noble savage”. Our ancestors were no ecological saints. They polluted their surroundings through mining, burned down entire forests, and they too created massive amounts of waste. Just look at Monte Testaccio, a large artificial hill in Rome made up entirely out of broken amphorae.

 

When things are in abundance, people easily accept a wasteful and exploitative attitude. But for most of the past, most things were not in abundance, and so a core practice of a circular economy was adopted. This did not happen due to ideological motivation, but out of necessity.

Prehistoric recycling

Archaeologists typically don’t use the terminology of the circular economy, and describe the above examples simply, as reuse. This might partly explain why the deep roots of core practices of the circular economy are not discussed more widely. The same is also true of recycling.

When one adopts a very broad definition of recycling (thinking of it, for example, as the use of previously discarded artefacts), the origins of this practice can be traced all the way back to the Palaeolithic period. But let’s focus here on the understanding of recycling as is employed today. This is a practice in which waste (used objects) is completely converted, becoming the raw material of new products.

This practice of complete transformation also entered the repertoire of human behaviour far earlier than you may think. It became the core practice of an economy as long ago as the Bronze Age.

From about 2500BC, prehistoric people started to combine copper and tin on a regular basis, making metal known as bronze. The mass adoption of this artificial material caused significant shifts. Societies reoriented themselves economically because making bronze meant moving materials over long distances. Connecting sources with end users led to an intensification of trade. For these reasons, the Bronze Age is considered to be a formative epoch in the formation of Europe, in which we witness the emergence of pan-European exchange networks and large-scale trade.

Bronze also made people think in new ways. The process of metalworking differs markedly from other, earlier, crafts. Wood and stone carving involve the removal of material, which is why they are known as reductive technologies. Basketry, weaving, and pottery, meanwhile, are additive technologies. Bronze is different in that it is a transformative technology. The raw material is melted down to a liquid state and poured into a mould. Moulds were the very first blueprints, documenting the design of an object to be produced – and reproduced. This may not sound very exciting to us now but for the prehistoric people involved this must have a been a groundbreaking way of working materials.

Just imagine, if your stone axe broke, you could repurpose the pieces, but you would not be able to remake that axe. In contrast, if your bronze axe broke, you could remelt it and produce the same axe with the same quality, again. Recycling, as a core economic practice, was invented in the Bronze Age.

Circular economies

Bronze was not the first metal to be used in such a way; the origins of metal use start with pure copper being hammered into shape. But it is only at the beginning of the Bronze Age that recycling starts to take place on a large scale.

From the Middle Bronze Age onwards, all over Europe, bronze was being recycled. We know this because archaeologists have analysed the metal composition of hundreds of objects, showing the depletion of certain elements, as a result of frequent recycling. In addition, “old” metal was traded. A shipwreck discovered off the coast of Dover carried a large amount of French bronze objects dated to 1100BC, destined to be recycled in the UK.

As a political term, we might want to keep the circular economy in the present, but the practices that are part of it have long been part of human existence. In this respect, the Bronze Age could be seen as the first example of a circular economy in practice. Bronze was a main material of this period, and its economy revolved around recycling. Recognise this, and we start seeing that it is not the circular economy that is novel. Rather, it is the linear, and wasteful economy that is the anomaly.

The beauty of this is that we can put the past to good use. The core values of a circular economy are rooted in our past and in this manner, they can help shape and inspire a modern craftsmanship that fundamentally should revolve around sustainability and durability.

Written by Maikel Kuijpers – Assistant Professor, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

 

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Students from Burgas Celebrated World Wetlands Day

 

Via Pontica Foundation, together with the Museum of Natural History of Burgas and the Alexander Georgiev – Kodjakafaliyata School, realized an еducational program Academy for Eco Detectives in order to celebrate the World Wetlands Day and raise awareness of their importance among the younger generation. The main message of this year’s World Wetlands Day is “Wetlands reduce the harmful effects of climate change.”

The event was attended by Mrs. Ruska Boyadzhieva, Deputy Mayor on European Policies and Environment of the city of Burgas and Dr. Georgi Mitev, Director of the Regional Directorate for Food Safety, Burgas.

 

 

Multimedia presentations and lectures acquainted the students with the environmental studies and climate change in the area of the Burgas wetlands with a dynamic approach the environmental studies and climate change in the Bourgas Wetlands area as well as the immense importance of wetlands for the life of the Earth. Participants learned interesting facts about wild plants, birds and animals, the water wealth and unique landmarks of the Black Sea region.

 

 

The experts have highlighted the importance of the vital functions of wetlands – reducing floods, providing drinking water, improving water quality, and tackling climate change.The frequency of natural disasters is increasing and most of them are related to water. Because of climate change, it is even expected to increase this negative trend in the future. At the same time, a large part of society, especially the younger generation, is not sufficiently aware of the role of wetlands and the extent to which they protect us. Wetlands are often seen as deserted terrains that must be utilized for various other uses. At the discretion of scientists, at least 64% of global wetlands have disappeared since 1990.

 

 

The opening lesson presented the measures taken by the Municipality of Burgas to support, preserve and promote the sustainable use of Burgas wetlands. It was emphasized that we can all help to reverse the loss of wetlands so that we continue to take advantage of the goods they give to nature and people.

 

 

In the next stage of the Academy, students took part in educational games on wetlands. They discussed issues related to key concepts and types of wetlands as well as wetlands in Bourgas and the region.

 

 

Integrating interactive games such as Mystery Box and Organic Solution was not only fun and developing social skills, but also a really great tool for encouraging creativity and critical thinking in solving current environmental challenges and cause a real brainstorm and race.

 

 

Captain Planet Eco Club students recognized the waterfowl in the museum and solved crossword puzzles with “letter soup”. Others found an explanation of puzzles related to nature and its conservation and watched an interesting museum presentation dedicated to Burgas wetlands. Laughter, jokes complemented the experience.

 

 

In line with the concept, all children received leaflets with wetland information and practical souvenirs such as market bags and aluminum water bottles.

 

 

Finally, they all came to the conclusion, that it was never too late to take responsibility for their own actions and solemnly promised they would no longer buy plastic water bottles, give up the plastic bags in the store and disconnect their chargers before leaving home – something tiny, but every day with care for nature. Just as she takes care of us, so do we take care of her. And now we have the solutions and we just need the will and the action.

 

Postage Stamps with 4 of the Most Beautiful Waterfowl Species of the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast Are Put into Use

 

Some of the most beautiful birds on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast are depicted on a series of four postage stamps, which today, 01.02.2019, at the headquarters of the Bulgarian Post Office EAD, was validated by the President of the Union of Bulgarian Philatelists Spas Panchev and Lyudmila Zimbileva, Department of Postal Services Development at the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications at the headquarters of the Bulgarian Post Office EAD.

The brief ceremony was also attended by Ina Agafonova, founder of the Via Pontica Foundation, which is the initiator of the branding, Aylin Hasan – chief expert in the National Nature Protection Service and the young artist Natalia Aleksieva, illustrating the brands with 4 of the most beautiful species of waterfowl on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast – Great White Pelican, Eurasian Bittern, Little Egret and Pigmy Cormorant.

 

 

The date 01.02.2018 was chosen not by accident. It comes on the eve of World Wetlands Day – 02 February, which day the Via Pontica Foundation will celebrate, apart from the validation of the series of postage stamps, and with three events in Burgas, about which you can find more on the viapontica.org website and on the worldwetlandsday.org.

Wetlands are our future! The main benefits to humans from the normal functioning of wetlands are: climate protection, water use, fishing, agriculture, logging, energy, wildlife, transport, other products, including medicinal plants, recreation and tourism. The motto of celebrating World Wetlands Day this year is: “To raise awareness of the importance of wetlands in climate protection”.

 

 

It is not necessary the mankind’s prosperity to be at the expense of the Earth, that is why the Via Pontica Foundation aim to reverse the process of biodiversity loss and the destruction of ecosystems and minimize the strongest negative impacts on the nature in one of the most important and significant for Bulgaria wetlands – the Burgas wetlands. They are also the principal place of activities of the Foundation Via Pontica.

The Burgas Lake Complex is a major crossing point on the Via Pontica migration route – one of the great airways of migratory birds from all over Europe. Here the birds traditionally stop relaxing, and some remain to winter and nest. There are 254 bird species in the lakes region, 71 of which are included in the Red Data Book of Bulgaria. Of the species present, 105 are of European conservation importance, 9 of them are threatened globally and 95 species are endangered in Europe.

 

 

With the initiation and release of this set of four postage stamps, the Via Pontica Foundation aims to promote the rich biodiversity we still have, to change people’s attitudes towards protected areas and species so that there will be a clean nature for the generations after us.

And as Ban Ki-moon, the former UN Secretary-General, says: “Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose we can make a tremendous difference.”

 

A Planet without Plastic in Five Easy Steps

Imagine a planet without plastic. A future without huge islands of waste, carried through the majestic oceans of the Earth. A possible world where the trees do not have plastic bags instead of fruit and leaves, and the animals do not swallow the wind-scattered plastic products that think about food.

The future begins today. And from us. Small steps to the big goal. The first steps can even be surfing and take you on an ecological adventure all along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast from Durankulak to Rezovo.

That was exactly what happened in 2018, when surfers Iliana Stoilova and Yoan Kolev in partnership with Kaufland Bulgaria stood on the wave of the future. They began with a windy Windsurf fight against the plastic. Then we told you about their challenge, Wind2WindChallenge, which provoked them to travel over 300 kilometers on water to draw attention to the pollution of the Black Sea with plastic.

But plastic is not just in the sea – it’s everywhere around us. Kaufland, Iliana and Yoan have created a video with practical tips for limiting plastic when shopping. Because big change does not happen suddenly, it starts gradually and from basic things. The wave of ecologically clean and beautiful future is reinforced by our daily behavior. Not everyone is surfing, but everyone goes through the store. And that’s where, though with small steps, a battle with plastic can begin.

Here are the useful five ways for less plastic when shopping:

1: Without a bag for the fruit and vegetables – label directly on them or your own small bag

2: The beverages in glass bottles

3: Products with cardboard, paper and metal packaging

4: Bag for freshly baked bread

5: Reusable or recyclable pouch at the cash register

During Wind2WindChallenge, Iliana and Yoan were accompanied by marine biologists on board a portable motorboat that explored on-site samples of sea water to establish levels of purity, the status of the marine ecosystem and its biological activity.

“This is yet another small but necessary step to solve the problem,” said Dr. Dimitar Berov of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, who works at the Marine Ecology Laboratory and is one of the two marine biologists to accompany the surfers during the challenge. The study conducted by him, which lasted a week after the challenge, confirmed expectations that the most commonly observed waste at sea is plastic. According to a number of modern studies, they are hardest to break down.

In summer, the main polluters on beaches are objects left or ejected by tourists – beads, plastic cups and packaging. In spring and autumn the big problem is the plastic caps, which are relatively light and easily carried by the sea.

The challenge and survey data clearly point to the direction of the struggle with plastic.

For this, Kaufland has been working for several years. Since 2013, the company has abandoned its microplastic in its own cosmetics, sanitary and hygienic brands, as well as detergents and cleaning agents.

The plan is to reduce plastics by at least 20% by 2025, and the plastic packaging of their own brands is 100% recyclable. By the end of 2019, certain plastic goods will not be deliberately targeted, but only sustainable alternatives.

The wave of the future starts from shopping in the store and can take us to a sea adventure. The sea, which we can do together again cleanly and freely. And perfect for surfing.

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Great White Pelican Shot with a Hunting Rifle near Burgas

 

The shot Great White Pelican was discovered by a team of Green Balkans during the mid-winter bird census last week, the newspaper Dnevnik informs. The wounded bird was taken to the Rescue Center in the town of Stara Zagora.

Veterinarians from the center reported that the both wings of the bird, and her body are affected by the pellets of an air rifle. The young pelican is also with a broken foot. It is not yet clear what the damage to the internal organs is.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Thracian University has helped with free radiography and consultation by Prof. Galina Simeonova in order for the bird to fly again – although there is no certainty that it will succeed.

 

 

The Great White Pelican is not a hunting object and is protected by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Act as part of the valuable European nature protected by the Natura 2000 network.

His status is “extinct” according to the Red Book of Bulgaria, which specifies that it is passing and hardly ever wintering in our country, and during the migration occurs mainly along the Black Sea coast.

The species is distributed in the Volga and Danube Delta, the Manic, Manic-Gudillo and Prespa Lakes, and has a total of about 4000 pairs across Europe.

Japan, the Newspaper that Becomes a Plant

 

In Japan, one of the most famous national dailies invented a one hundred percent sustainable newspaper. If you plant it, it will bloom!

Japan once more demonstrates to be an advanced country. Its latest invention consists in a newspaper made of recycled and vegetable paper that you can plant after you’ve read it. It is called “Green Newspaper” and was invented by the publisher of the famous Japanese daily, The Mainichi Shimbunsha.

After reading the newspaper, tear it to small pieces and plant it © yoshinakaono.com

Paper that can be planted is not news. It has been on the market for some years and is a mixture of recycled paper, water and small flowers or herbs seeds (it can also be easily made at home). And it can be re-used in a creative way: once you’ve finished with it, don’t throw it, rather tear it into small pieces, plant and water it and within a few weeks you’ll unexpectedly have plants and flowers.

 

 

The eco-friendly newspaper

The idea was conceived by Dentsu Inc, one of Japan’s largest advertising agencies, which works with “The Mainichi”. The green newspaper is not the first sustainable initiative undertaken by the Japanese daily. Its commitment to environmental protection is already well-known thanks to a previous advertising campaign on water donations for populations suffering from thirst. “The Mainichi doesn’t take action only through information, but also by solving global issues”.

The eco-friendly newspaper has had a huge success, a circulation of over four million copies a day across the country and revenues of about eighty million yen, equivalent to over $700,000. The initiative has also involved schools, in order to raise children’s awareness on environmental issues and teach them the importance of recycling. Because in order to reduce CO2 emissions generated by traditional waste disposal systems we should recycle waste materials, and paper most of all.

See video:

THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS

 

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Validation of Set of Postage Stamps to Mark the World Wetlands Day, 02 February 2019

 

On 02.02.2019, at 11:00 in the building of the Central Office of “Bulgarian Posts” in Sofia, will be held validation of a series of four postage stamps entitled “Via Pontica – the Path of the Birds” illustrating four of the most beautiful species of waterfowl on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast – Great White Pelican, Eurasian Bittern, Little Egret and Pigmy Cormorant.

The date 01.02.2018 was chosen not by accident. It comes on the eve of World Wetlands Day – 02 February, which day the Via Pontica Foundation will celebrate, apart from the validation of the series of postage stamps, and with three events in Burgas, about which you can find more on the viapontica.org website and on the worldwetlandsday.org

The initiative for the creation of the postage stamps is on the Via Pontica Foundation, whose commitment to biodiversity and the protection of the planet is shared with many state and non-governmental organizations. The representatives of MOEW, EEA, RIEW, Burgas Municipality, the Union of Bulgarian Philatelists, as well as authoritative organizations working in the sphere of environmental protection, biodiversity and ornithology are invited to the event.

 

 

Wetlands are our future! The main benefits to humans from the normal functioning of wetlands are: climate protection, water use, fishing, agriculture, logging, energy, wildlife, transport, other products, including medicinal plants, recreation and tourism. The aim of celebrating World Wetlands Day this year is to raise awareness of the importance of wetlands in climate protection.

One of the most important and significant for Bulgaria is the Burgas wetlands. They are also the principal place of activities of the Foundation Via Pontica. The Bourgas Lake Complex is a major crossing point on the Via Pontica migration route – one of the great airways of migratory birds from all over Europe. Here the birds traditionally stop relaxing, and some remain to winter and nest. There are 254 bird species in the lakes region, 71 of which are included in the Red Data Book of Bulgaria. Of the species present, 105 are of European conservation importance, 9 of them are threatened globally and 95 species are endangered in Europe.

With the initiation and release of this set of four postage stamps, the Via Pontica Foundation aims to promote the rich biodiversity we still have, to change people’s attitudes towards protected areas and species so that there will be a clean nature for the generations after us.