On 6-7 October 2018, IDEA and Association of Scouts of Azerbaijan (ASA) held an Eco-scout camp in Aghgol National Park.
Organized as part of IDEA’s Eco-scout program, the camp aimed to install lifelong interest in stewardship and environmental ethics in young people, informing them about the rich nature of Azerbaijan and promoting sustainable use of natural resources.
The camp gathered 60 young people, aged 18-25, who are pursuing environmental field studies or have experience in related fields.
During the camp, selected participants toured the national park and learned about the park's main activity, its landscape, main lake and the endangered bird species, listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and the Red Book of Azerbaijan, inhabiting the area.
Coinciding with the International Birdwatching Day – October 6, birdwatching trip was also organized at Aghgol – important habitat for 500 migratory and resident bird types. During the watching of birds, the young people understood the basics of bird behaviors and how bird counts are being conducted and reported.
Moreover, various environmental trainings, games and competitions, hiking and parkour games were organized during the two-day camp.
Before departing the national park, campers also engaged in the cleanup action around the camp area.
IDEA Eco-scout project was launched in March of 2017. The project is a great opportunity for young people to engage in environmental issues, find solutions to the most pressing challenges that threaten our planet and become a leader of this environmental movement.
Aiming to spread environmental awareness and promote responsible treatment of the environment, the Eco-scout camp is planned to take place in other national parks of the country as well.