The Multiplier Event in Poland under the slogan ”Common Work for Water” took place on July 25, 2020 on the Polish seaside in Hel. The event was organised during the 16. Fish Day celebration, organized by the Sea Station of the Institute of Oceanography of the University of Gdańsk and Klub Gaja.
Fish Day is an educational and information event organized every year to remind the public about the role of fish in the Baltic ecosystem, pay attention to protected species, the function of fish in the economy and human life, and also emphasize that Polish rivers are connected with the Baltic Sea. The event was addressed to teachers, students, experts, organisations involved in environmental education, technicians, representatives of local goverments, also the interested citizens of Hel, tourists and the media. It was the good occasion to raise awareness among interested players and stakeholders about the importance of water and to disseminate project results.
During the event, Klub Gaja organized an educational stand, where we presented a poster exhibition promoting methodologies and training activities developed during the transnational mobility of the students participaiting in the “Written on Water” project. The exhibitions shows on the 4 posters the field workshops and laboratory analyzes, using various methods of scientific research, that were carried out in Poland during the on the Koszarawa and Biała Przemsza rivers like: ”Physico-chemical parameters of the water used as supporting element in the assessment of the ecological status of riverine waters – laboratory classes”, ” Diversity of benthos macroinvertebrates used as a biological element in the biomonitoring of riverine waters”, ” Is the water ecosystem healthy? – plant detectors”, ” Biodiversity of the montane stream and its conditions”, Ecosystem dynamics of the lowland and mountain river valley”. High schools and technical schools students from Poland, Croatia and Italy, together with scientists from the Institute of Biology, Biotechnology and Environmental Protection, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Silesia in Katowice, studied among others a biodiversity of the mountain river valley and learned the methods of river water monitoring in accordance with the requirements of the Water Framework Directive.
The next poster presents activities related to Environmental Teaching Policy. Klub Gaja by the artistic workshop and happening ”Plaits for Rivers” trained students about environmental policy, raised their environmental awareness and taught them how to engage citizens in activities for water and rivers.
The title poster contains the event’s slogan ”Razem dla Wody/Common Work for Water” and logos of the partners, Written on Water project and Erasmus +.
At the event we also invited participants to interactive games about rivers. During an outdoor board game ”The Perfect River”, people could learn what a natural river is. While playing outdoor dominoes, they got to know different species of two-environment fish. At the Klub Gaja stand, everyone could also make an eco-print on a cotton shopping bag wih a motto of our event: Razem dla Wody/Common Work for Water and logos of the project and Erasmus+ and together with the participants we prepared a blue ribbon for the happening. At the end of the event, there was a happening to which we invited all participants of the Fish Day. We marched along the promenade with a blue ribbon with the title of the event Razem dla Wody/Common Work for Water and images of fish in living rivers.
During the Fish Day in Hel, tourists and residents also saw other educational stands, games, competitions and exhibitions about the nature of the Baltic Sea prepared by the Marine Station, the Foundation for Development of the University of Gdańsk, the Blue Patrol WWF Polska and MSC Polska (Marine Stewardship Council), among others an information and educational campaign devoted to the problem of microplastics and involving the public in activities to protect the environment of the Baltic Sea against the present day pollution.
Information about the event appeared in the Polish media: