Love Bird Week Kicked-Off in Altai Special SchoolMay 8, 2017
April 27, Xinjiang – “We have seen many birds and bugs that we've have seen before, and have drawn many animals that we all like.” said Aiyikumus. “I really hope they can come here more often to play games with us and tell us more interesting stories.”
Aiyikumus is a student in the Special school of Altai Prefecture, Xinjiang. She participated in the first session of the series event “Wild Animals Protection Awareness Month and Love Birds Week” in her school, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Xinjiang Wetland, the Altai Mountains Forestry Bureau and Liangheyuan Provincial Nature Reserve Management Bureau.
To teach children and other disadvantaged groups on the importance of protecting wildlife, the project introduced rare specimens of insects and birds exclusively provided for this event. The staff explained relevant knowledge and the importance of bird protection to the children.
“Our students are able to see those rare animals and plants through this event. They have learnt a lot” said Ma Cuifang, a teacher from the local special education school.
67 kids from the school witnessed the beginning of the “Love birds Week”. There will be 4 more events organized by the project for local communities in Altai area aiming at enhancing the awareness of key stakeholders including the public, on how to better protect wildlife and ecosystem in Altai.
Altai Mountains and Wetlands in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is internationally recognized for its extraordinary landscapes, livelihoods, and unique biodiversity. UNDP has partnered with the Forestry Department of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region since 2013 to initiate the UNDP-GEF “Strengthening the Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area Landscape in Altai Mountains and Wetlands” Project, aiming to preserve the Altai Mountains and Wetland landscape. The Altai project is part of the greater UNDP-GEF ‘Wetland Protected Area System Strengthening for Biodiversity Conservation’ Programme.