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Regional Director for the Environment and Climate Change participates in a activity with Junior Park Rangers.

Regional Director for the Environment and Climate Change participates in a activity with Junior Park Rangers.

Aug. 25, 2021

The Regional Director for the Environment and Climate Change, Ana Cristina Rodrigues, was present at the awareness activity "Estão-se criando, será que por esta altura o ovo já eclodiu?" (They are growing, has the egg hatched already?), organized by the Vigilante da Natureza Júnior dos Açores (VNJA) programme, in Monte Brasil, on the island of Terceira.

At the beginning of this activity, which mainly focuses on the Park Rangers' work, the Governor gave the distinctive one-star seal, that marks the achievement of the 2nd class category, to the junior park ranger André Rodrigues.

During the activity, the participants were able to observe several nests, two of which with a hatchling and one with an egg, while the other monitored nests had been abandoned. The junior park rangers also registered their observations, showing enthusiasm for having this experience.

The Vigilante da Natureza Júnior dos Açores is a regional programme promoted by the Regional Secretariat for the Environment and Climate Change, aimed at children between 8 and 15 years old. It is an innovative programme that intends to promote and value the work of the Region's Park Rangers, stimulating the interest and participation of the younger ones in the preservation of the Azores' natural heritage. Currently, the programme has 100 young members enrolled and 70 activities organized throughout the Archipelago (approximately 700 participations).

This type of awareness action is extremely significant on the younger ones' formation, encouraging the change of attitudes and adoption of habits and behaviours environmentally sustainable, on the community, at home and on the school. All those interested can enrol by contacting its Island´s Environment and Climate Change Services or through the website Educar para o Ambiente e a Sustentabilidade on http://educarparaoambiente.azores.gov.pt/VigilanteJunior.aspx.

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