The purpose of workshops is to make the population familiar with direct dangers of pollution of underground waters by throwing waste in speleological objects, learning about the karst phenomenon, its exceptional natural value and its susceptibility to pollution. With their behaviour, by throwing waste in speleological objects for years, people have endangered their environment and sources of drinking water. The achievement of this objective will contribute to a positive change of behaviour, which should result in a more beautiful and healthier environment leading to better conditions of living in Istria.
The project covered four workshops for local population, a professional workshop for speleologists, and seven 45-minute lectures as part of the project “Eko teens” carried out by the Non-Governmental Association "PUT"of Labin in Istrian secondary schools.
Workshops for local population
The participants were acquainted with the karst phenomenon, its exceptional natural value and its susceptibility to pollution. Attention was paid to direct dangers of pollution of underground waters by throwing waste into speleological objects. It is expected that a higher level of awareness of the local population and their acquaintance with landscape particularities will contribute to a reduction of pollution and waste disposal.
1 July 2008 workshop entitled “ Karst and its Protection – Pazinska jama”, Pazin
18 May 2008 workshop in Tinjan
Professional workshop for speleologists
A professional workshop for speleologists was held in the pit called Piskovica in Gologorički dol, the municipality of Cerovlje. The workshop was conducted by the President of the Croatian Biospeleological Society (HBSD) MSc Roman Ozimec, graduate engineer, who acquainted Istrian speleologists with a scientific approach to speleological objects, conditions in pits, particularities of the Dinarid karst, methods of sampling etc. An educative video material in the duration of 25 minutes was released as a result of this workshop.
Lectures about the project in Istrian secondary schools as part of the project “Eko teens” by the Non-Governmental Association "PUT" of Labin
45 minute lectures were given to pupils of secondary schools in Istria under the guidance of the Non-Governmental Association "PUT"of Labin. In cooperation with the Istrian County the Association “Put” created educative material about karst and speleology which was presented to pupils by the speleologist Romina Brumnić of the Speleological Society SDI Pazin of Pazin. Besides learning about karst and getting familiar with project’s results pupils were demonstrated the use of speleological equipment and their numerous answers about speleological activities were answered.