On Wednesday 23rd of November 2011, MedWet, the French Institute of Greece and the Athens Ethnographic Film Festival organized a tribute to “Man, Wetlands and Water”. This innovative collaboration succeeded in bringing together environmental and anthropological issues while at the same time proving their inextricable link. The event consisted of a morning session addressed to school children and an evening session addressed to the general public.

The morning activity saw the participation of two hundred high school students from various schools of Athens. It was designed to inform students on the functions, values and importance of wetlands and then consolidate their knowledge through an interactive environmental education game, implemented in collaboration with the Hellenic Ornithological Society. Then, a short presentation on the value of ethnographic films was made and the students watched the classic French film from 1953 ‘White Mane’, which takes place in the Camargue and tells the story of a young boy that tames a wild white stallion. In parallel the teachers had the opportunity to get informed by MedWet on the interactive, Role Playing Game developed by the Secretariat on environmental education through a wetland management scenario.

The material developed for this activity will soon be online, until then you can enjoy some pictures by clicking on them…