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The best environmental deeds are map application and the kingfisher project

2014. aasta parimad teod keskkonna heaks - ja jäälinnu tutvustamise projekt
2014. aasta parimad teod keskkonna heaks - ja jäälinnu tutvustamise projekt (foto Andres Treial)

Minister of the Environment Mati Raidma recognised and awarded the best environmental deeds of 2014. The winners were Things SA with their map application and Eesti Ornitoloogiaühing MTÜ with their project that introduces the kingfisher. The rescue of frogs in Porkuni and the organisation of cleaning black oil pollution in Harku rural municipality were also recognised.

“The participants have invested much effort and time in the projects submitted to contest, aiming at protecting and making our surroundings better. Be it a big or small deed, each of them serves as an example for the others and motivates to move towards a more environmentally friendly lifestyle,” Minister of the Environment Mati Raidma commented.

The victory was shared between two projects, which stood out from others with their extensive impact. The prize and title worth 4,474 euros is shared between Things SA for its map application and Eesti Ornitoloogiaühing MTÜ for its annual kingfisher project. The public voting was also predominantly won by the kingfisher project. is a map application, which helps to easily find the nearest waste centre or collection point, where one can take old clothes, electronics, furniture, packaging, construction waste, etc. Today, there is data on over 5,300 collection sites on the website.

With the annual bird project, the ornithologists introduced the kingfisher to many residents of Estonia, who are now more informed about kingfisher and notice and value it in nature. The kingfisher year also stood out for the diverse, extensive and involving nature of its activities and also had a result related to nature conservation – the inventory of the birds living near rivers was carried out, drawing contests were organised and observational data was collected. The year also encouraged many other institutions to undertake activities related to the kingfisher.

Recognitions were awarded to the rescue mission of frogs and cleaning up black oil from the beach. Porkuni School organised a frog-saving event in order to rescue amphibians from getting killed under the car wheels during the spring migration. Over a thousand frogs were saved from the road by the school pupils and teachers together with the villagers. Frogs are excellent pest destroyers and saving the lives of frogs is a good deed for nature.
Val Rajasaar, Katre Kuusik, Nele Nõu, Kady-Ann Sutt, Agni Kaldma and Aare Kasvandik were recognised for organising and cleaning up the black oil pollution that had reached to the beach of Suurupi-Muraste-Tilgu in Harku rural municipality. The pollution was cleaned up in a quick and good cooperative manner and hundreds of volunteers were involved. Since many birds are nesting in the area of Muraste, it was particularly important to clean the coast in a quick manner.

The aim of the contest was to recognise those, who have contributed the most to the environment with their activities and ventures over the past 12 months. All winners and those who were recognised will have the right to use the environmental label in their introductory materials. A total of 13 projects were submitted to the contest with the most common keywords including communal activity and environmentally friendly way of thinking and environmental awareness. The Ministry of the Environment issued the award of the best environmental deed for the 11th time.

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