Publications for young people describe the necessity to preserve and restore the forests of Tajikistan.
The environmental organization Little Earth has developed a set of publications on the importance of forests, ecosystem services, and forest conservation for the youth. The materials are intended for secondary school students but can be of interest to anyone who would like to learn about forests and their conservation.
The set includes a brochure, five posters, and a booklet. All materials are available in two languages – Russian and Tajik. Although the presence of forest cover accounts for less than 3% of Tajikistan, they play an important socio-ecological role. The publications are designed to remind the youth (and all others) about the significance of the local forests. It also highlights that their loss threatens to have serious consequences for the livelihoods and well-being of millions of people.
"To develop the publications, we used materials from the Food and Agriculture Programme of the United Nations (FAO), the National Center for Biodiversity and Biosafety, the German Agency for International Development (GIZ), the Forestry Agency, and others. Due to limited funds and resources, we selected the most important details, edited and partially adapted the text, making it accessible and understandable,"- says Timur Idrisov, the compiler of "forest" materials and senior adviser of the Little Earth.
Currently, more than ten schools in the districts of republican subordination have received sets of "forest" publications. The Little Earth employees believe that the posters will serve as an additional source of helpful information for ecology, biology, and geography classes. They also can be an exciting toolkit for organizing extracurricular activities related to the topic of environmental protection.
The publications were developed as part of the project "Renewable Energy and Remote Mountain Communities", which was implemented by the Little Earth with the support of the US Forest Service in the first half of 2022.