The event was held within the framework of the NGO project “Danube-Carpathian Program” “Save the Narcissus Valley” with the financial support of the European Outdoor Conservation Association.
“These works are designed to retain as much water as possible during the wet period in order to support the meadows with narrow-leaved narcissus in the dry period. This will help to restore the water regime of the most valuable areas of the Valley, and therefore to preserve unique groups dominated by narrow-leaved narcissus and about 20 other plant species of the Red Book of Ukraine , which also grow in this area and require a high level of humidity,” the experts emphasized.
They explained that piles of willow branches and glazed soil ensure a rise in the water level in temporary melioration channels.
Currently, there is a huge problem with the hydrological regime, so scientists are constantly working to ensure that the groundwater rises and provide the Daffodil Valley with life-giving moisture. This is especially important in light of global climate change.
“The dams arranged during the campaign are simple and economically cheap to implement and are surprisingly effective in retaining moisture in the territory of the Narcissus Valley,” said Petro Paparyga, head of the ecological monitoring laboratory, candidate of sciences, senior researcher.
For his part, the head of the NGO “Danube-Carpathian Program” Bohdan Prots emphasizes that currently a huge number of nature conservation areas of Ukraine have been destroyed as a result of hostilities or occupation.
At the same time, he added, the involvement of broad volunteer circles in nature protection helps spread environmental education and contributes to the democracy of society, nature protection becomes closer to people, accordingly, it is also partly under their protection.
“Valley of daffodils” is a protected massif in the Kireshi tract, 4 km east of the city of Khust in Transcarpathia. Since 1992, it has been part of the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, which is part of the UNESCO international network of biosphere reserves.