TEACHERS across the region are being encouraged to sign up for an exciting environment project in Eastern Europe.
International environmental charity Earthwatch is offering eight secondary level teachers of geography, science and citizenship across the North West to apply for an environmental research expedition in Belarus this summer.
Successful applicants will help scientists find effective ways of conserving the wetlands of Belarus, hiking to sampling sites to collect data which will help the scientists to select the wetlands which are in need of protection.
Earthwatch's educator programme co-ordinator James Jackson said: "As well as giving teachers the chance to contribute to conservation research in action, the programme helps them inspire students to become responsible environmental citizens.
"It is also a unique Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity. Earthwatch teachers gain an insight into current environmental research and practical techniques and return with refreshed ideas for the classroom as well as new contacts and friends."
Wetlands in Belarus make up 14 per cent of the country. Particularly threatened and little-studied are the oligotrophic (low nutrient) or 'raised' bogs which are the focus of the Belarus Wetlands research project. Bogs are extremely important as they improve the gas composition of the atmosphere, carry out climate regulation and regulate water flows on the surface and within the soil.
The project runs from August 2 to 11. The application deadline is May 31.
For an application form and further information email education@earthwatch. org.uk, or go to http://www.earthwatch.org/ europe/get_involved/involved_learning/ educators_zeliankevich/