The contest was addressed to high school students in the project area „Putna River – creation of integrated management system for the Site of Community Interest Putna River and neighboring protected natural areas: Red River – Dealu Morii, Algheanu Reserve and Bozu Creek.” Thus, 30 students from the Gymnasium Schools from Tulnici, Vidra, Bârsești, Valea Sării, Vrâncioaia, Negrilești, Năruja participated.
The contest has been publicized since the beginning of 2018, with the first presentations in schools, to raise awareness about protected natural areas. The students received the course support „Putna River – For children”, made specifically for them, and between March 18-19-20 took place the testing of participants.
According to the competition regulations, 20 junior rangers were designated, the first 20 students with the highest scores from the school that recorded the best results.
The winners are students at the “Neculai Jechianu” High School in Vrâncioaia: Grigore Simona-Roxana, Răuță Roxana, Iuga Adela-Maria-Cicuța, Marcu Mario Claudiu, Bîrzan Adrian-Dănuț, Savin Gabriel, Răduță, Ochian Maria Teodora, Andreea Gabriel, Ghinea Cătălin, Caloianu Valentin, Murgu Adina-Laura, Lepădatu Gabriel, Soare Ana-Maria, Duță Elena, Marcu Roberta Maria, Eftimie Mădălina-Vasilica, Roșu Nicolae and Murgu Lucia. The 20 finalists received special equipment and will be actively involved in patrolling and monitoring of protected areas.
„The purpose of the contest was to educate, raise awareness and empower students to conserve biodiversity and nature in general. In addition to the theoretical training of students, provided by participating in the competition, we want to contribute to the development of practical skills for nature protection, going out on the field together. „Alina Dragomir – Head of Awareness, ACDB