The biological diversity of the Carpathians is numerous species of plants and animals, among which there are many vulnerable or rare representatives of the natural world. Scientists count that there’re 70 species of mammals, 200 species of birds, and 7 species of reptiles living in the Ukrainian Carpathians. There are 25 species of fish and 15 species of amphibians in different reservoirs. But most of the world’s insects are about 12 thousand species. The flora of this mountainous region is generous and unique: more than 2,000 species of plants, as well as 500 species of algae, as many mosses, 400 species of lichens, and as many as 680 species of mushrooms.
All this wealth needs the attention of man, who can in no way be indifferent to the state of the environment today. On April 20th, the diversity of Carpathian nature and the role of man in environmental conservation were discussed during an ecological and educational event with schoolchildren from the village of Synevyrska Polyana in the Khust region which was initiated by the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies.
More than twenty students learned about the nature of their region through the story of the coordinators of the event, interactive exercises, and illustrative materials. The young organizers paid special attention to the protection of primroses, which are currently blooming and can attract many people with their beauty. So that’s the reason why you want to pluck the spring snowflake or crocus (Crocus heuffelianus) or snowdrop. One of them would look good in a flower bouquet, but in that case, we would harm nature. These plants are rare. Gathering, even digging up the bulbs has a negative effect on the populations of these species. Their areas are decreasing, so nature is getting poorer. Students responded to the call to preserve primroses and take care of other components of nature, which is the beauty and treasure of the Carpathians, but at the same time, fragile treasure needs true caring guardians.
The event was held in cooperation with the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies- IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev.
Informational Service of IERS