The Algerian Red Crescent, with the support of the CCM, lunched last February an awareness campaign on environmental issues, focused on water consumption, and climate change, addressed to young students from each of the 48 districts (wilayas). This initiative has been based on sensitization activities, training of volunteers, gathering with youth, dissemination materials and tree plantation. And it has been conducted in partnership with the Ministries of Water, Agriculture and Environment.
As an initial stage a seminar for the youth leaders at national level (one for each wilaya) has been conducted in Tipaza, last February. The CCM participated in it facilitating a special session on leadership. These trained leaders have been in charge of activities management at local level.
Therefore for the last seven months more than one thousand volunteers participated on this activity, organizing around one hundred encounters with students, distributing brochures and giving information to the public in general, in around 620 schools and public centers.
The action at schools has been complemented with a reforestation initiative, all along the country, with an estimation of 25 thousand trees planted. The Ministry of Agriculture provided technical support and seeds and locations have been selected in partnership with local authorities.
In the other hand, each RC wilaya committee organized a youth contest on poetry and drawing with prizes at local level and a final selection of winners at national headquarters.
More awareness and reforestation activities are foreseen by next school period and the Algerian RC is working with the Ministry of Environment in order to establish a national program on those issues for youth sections.