Nagykanizsa, a city with 50,000 inhabitants located in the south-west of Hungary, was the first Hungarian municipality, which joined the Climate Alliance in 2004. Kaán Károly Environmental Association and IMRO-DDKK Environmental Non-profit Ltd. organise awareness raising campaigns as well as lectures and issue brochures for citizens of all ages to promote sustainable development in Nagykanizsa. For instance, the "Waste hunter" project focussed on selective waste collection, while the "Little Hands for the Environment" programme drew the attention of preschool children to the importance of protecting the natural and built environment. The initiative "ClimateFriend" involved six towns, three counties and two regions of Hungary. By means of a coordinated media campaign and interactive lectures, the attention of the public was directed to the challenge of climate protection.
Picture credits: Róbert Musits
"European Forest Week 2010"
In occasion of the "European Forest Week 2010", the Pedagogical Institute of the Local Government of Zala County, Zrínyi Miklós Primary School, Kaán Károly Environmental Association and Zalaerdő Zrt. launched a drawing and essay competition for primary school students in Zala County to draw more attention to the importance of biodiversity and the momentous role of forests in climate protection.
The initiators received entries from far beyond the boundaries of Zala County, namely from Vas and Baranya Counties, which clearly proved that the subject was worth the attention. Contestants submitted nearly 360 contributions with freely chosen drawing techniques, and over 30 pieces of work for the essay competition.
After the assessment of the entries by the jury, the award ceremony took place in the Assembly Hall of the Local Government of Zala County. The awards were presented by Tamás Sáringer-Kenyeres Member of Parliament for Zala County and Environmental Special Adviser of the Local Government of Zala County, the representative of Zalaerdő Zrt. and Dr. Szalay Zoltánné Head of the Pedagogical Institute.
The students undoubtedly showed that the forest as the centre of biodiversity is a very important part of environmental activities that should be an integral feature of our everyday lives.
Picture credits: Miklós Benedek
World Water Day Event Series in Nagykanizsa in March 2011
Kaán Károly Environmental Association organised a series of events concerning the March 22 “World Water” Day in Nagykanizsa for the 16th time.
"Water and Me" was the motto of the event series, which were preceded by a multi-day media campaign on Kanizsa Radio featuring interviews, information about saving water and raffles.
The South Zala County Water and Sewage Company organised tours for groups of visitors into its laboratory, waste water site and water tower. Furthermore, the Incubator House and Innovation Centre of Nagykanizsa hosted a conference for local high school students. Among the speakers of the event were Ferenc Karádi, Vice Mayor of Nagykanizsa and Zoltán Kassai, President and Chief Executive Officer of the local water service provider.
In addition, the awarding ceremony of the international drawing and essay competition jointly organised by South Zala County Water and Sewage Company, Kaán Károly Environmental Association and the Pedagogical Institute of the Local Government of Zala County took also place during the event series. The competition received over 300 entries from several towns in the region (Kaposvár, Keszthely, Lenti, Zalakaros, etc.) as well as from Slovenia.
A playful water contest for third and fourth grade pupils of the local primary schools in the local swimming pool completed the World Water Day event series in Nagykanisza. Five-member co-educated teams from each institution competed against each other. The programme enjoyed great popularity among the children and their parents alike
Picture credits: Miklós Benedek and Gyula Halasz