“From delta to delta” youth exchange program


We would like inviting you to participate in “From delta to delta” youth exchange program, which will take place in Gonio, Georgia at 5-18 of September. The YE project organized by Jeugdbond voor Natuur en Milieu (Belgium), Batumi Raptor Count (Georgia) and Young Biologists Association (Armenia).

Deadline: 25.08.2016

This youth exchange is free of charge. All costs are paid, for accommodation, excursions and transport. This youth exchange is free of charge. Working language is English.

“From delta to delta” is a youth exchange that revolves around the protection of the Chorokhi-delta at Batumi, republic of Georgia. By organizing a camp in this area with 30 Belgian, Georgian and Armenian youngsters with a different background but a shared passion for nature and the environment, we try to put this seemingly forgotten area back on the map.

The Chorokhi-delta is of international importance as a stopover site for migrating birds, and at a regional scale for water management, sustainable fishery and other ecosystem services. The area is threatened by development plans that want to change this natural area into a boulevard, a resort or a golf course. Using this case, we would like to think together about possible solutions, in a way that progress and nature can go hand in hand.

Together with youngsters from Georgia and Armenia, we will indulge ourselves during this intensive camp for the protection of the Chorokhi-delta on the Black Sea, a river mouth wetland complex important as a stopover-site for birds, that is threatened by several different development plans and by hunting.

Through different trajectories (eg. a documentary, a hiking map of the delta, constructing birdwatching …) we will showcase the importance of the delta. Apart from nature protection and birding, cultural exchange and discovery of the region are central. Together with our Belgian, Georgian and Armenian comrades we will join the activities of BRC (raptor counting, bird ringing), well do sport- and cooking contests and we’ll go for a hike through the Georgian wilderness. We interact with the local community and try to discover the different perspectives on hunting and raptors. It’s crucial to be open for different opinions: the goal is to understand, not to judge.

This youth exchange is not a traditional holiday. There’s more initiative expected from you, but you’ll get a great experience in return!

The online application form is available here: https://goo.gl/6dlDed

If you have questions please do not hesitate and write to yba.ngo@hotmail.com  e-mail.

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