The "Nimfea" Environment
and Nature Conservation Association works in the Great Hungarian
Plain as an eminently community and non-governmental organisation,
solving many environment protection and nature conservation
tasks. The organisation of 1000 members includes many professional
local groups, which represnt the aims and the viewpoints of
the association, in their region.
maintains a bird repatriation station. Sick and electric
shocked birds are tended here, where our collegues do the
repatriation of these birds too. White storks (Ciconia ciconia),
buzzards (Buteo buteo), kestrels (Falco tinnunculus), peregrines
(Falco peregrinus) are the general species, which get to the
bird hospital, but we had a spotted eagle (Aquilla clanga)
are made with different habitat reconstructions with ecologycal
conditon-restorations, where many waders can find feeding
and breeding places.
programs camps for young and the elder children too, in
our environmental education program. Our environmental education
center has been started to build and we keep up a farm, where
our guests have the opportunity for horse riding, and taking
part in many other programs. We commemorate regularly the
environment and nature conserving days within the scopes of
protection programs are done, where we do the habitat
researching and conservation works too, like the great bustard
(Otis tarda), collared pratincole (Glareola pratincola) or
the Umbra crameri protection projects.
organised to prevent the environment damaging investments,
just like against dam building on living rivers, or road building
through protected areas.
building workshop is maintained by our environment protection
program. In this program we also continue a strong campaign
for the waste free wastemanagement, and we edit the Green
News educational paper.
does a lot of faunistical, ecological highlighted researches
on amphibiants, fishes, insects in our region. The resoults
of these researches are summerized in our yearbook, called
We work hard
to buy habitats worthy of protection, just like the Fegyver-fenék,
where we have greylag geese white egrets, bitterns, breeding
Office is maintained to help the work of the member organisations,
and give advices to the inquirers.
the work of the Association
Environment and Nature Conservation Association, granted with
the "Pro Natura" prize in 1997, is one of the biggest
organisations of the Trans-Tiszanian region, with more than
1000 members, 16 well working local groups and member organisations,
with one central office. The predecessor of the Association
was founded in Szarvas, in the Agricultural Water and Environmental
Management Faculy of the Agricultural University of Debrecen,
in 1988. The membership became more and more populous by the
graduates of the College, who took part of the organising of
lectures, exhibitings, camps and other programs.
- The plan, that
a legally and financially stable organisation should be done,
for ensuring its own operation, arrised in 1992.
- The Békés County Court registered us in 1993, as "Nimfea"
Nature Conservation Association (Szarvas). The name of our organisation
(Nimfea) originates from the simplified name of the water-lily
genus. The working area of the Association is the region of
the Körös rivers, the Nagykunság and Hortobágy. Our tasks are
first of all the protection of the nature, inside this, the
preservation of the protected and non-protected animals and
plants, and their habitats. The education and cooperating with
educational institutions is another task of us. The Associations
works out recommendations for solving natureconservation tasks,
some part of these get realized by our own force.
- The first member organisation, based in 03. December 1994,
was the Sárrét Nature Conservation Organization (STSZ) and than
joined to us the Herman Ottó Natureconservation Group (HOTEK),
which was founded in 1991. The Central Office was formed in
1995, which tasks are fundrising and coordinating the work of
the member organisations.
- We have a full-time worker at the office since 1996. The Association
holds together the groups, organisations and individual members,
in different counties, who agree with our aims and accept the
works that should be done in the nature conservation. The membership
is growing continuously.
working projects are running by the help of the member organisations,
like: bird repatriation, habitat reconstruction, environmental
education, exploring non-protected areas, researches, protection
of owls, pratincole and great bustard on the field. The building
of the Fekete István Environment and Nature Conservation Center,
has been started. We campaign against the habitat destruction
activities. Besides the professional programs, the ideas of Fekete
István are the primary mission of the Association.
of the planned work:
The programs described below shows the multiple activities of
us, but it does not show our daily work and our various obligations.
We got subsidies for most of the described programs and activities,
some of them are continuous programs which do not depend on the
supporters. The professional subsidies do not cover the operational
costs. Without the operational background, the execution of all
of the programs could be very difficult or impossible. The problem
is that we do many public and important activities, with the possible
smallest infrastructure, so we have to face day from day that
so many tasks are left to solve, but the worker of the office
can not have enough time and capacity to undertake new programs.
Our main aim is to solve more and more professional programs with
the smallest background costs, and sometimes this is the biggest
- Flooding for habitat-reconstruction:
This habitat-reconstruction have been made in the region of
Karcag, in the Kecskeri puszta. The area of the flooding is
14 Ha. The water-pumping caused huge costs, but lately we had
to face with the problem of water-saving.
- Maintaining the bird
repatriation station: We maintain this station since 1995, where
sick birds are cured and repatriated. No subsidies were given
to maintain the station in the last two years, although the
maintaining of it is very important in the longer term. Placing
of artificial nests: Although it seems an unimportant thing,
this a very important field of activity for many bird species.
Unfortunatelly one nest for owls became 8-9 thousand HUF, and
the nest for rollers is about 1-1,5 thousand HUF, so this had
to be made into a stand alone program, because of its high costs.
- Natural condition surveying,
researches: Continuously running by the help of many volunteers
and graduates, where our collegues and members do their researches
from the Upper-Tisza region, to the Őrség. Nature conservation
plan proposals are made for four or five new places worthy of
conservation on nation wide level, yearly, and we supply new
datas from the same amount of protected places. There were many
cases of finding new species in Hungary by our collegues.
- Species protection programs:
The protection of the great bustard (Otis tarda) on the field
is done by us, in the last four years, on behalf of the Körös-Maros
National Park. Besides of the bustard protection, our collegues
look after the breeding population of the collared pratincole
(Glareola pratincola) too, and we have major tasks with the
protection of the barn owl (Tyto alba) and the Umbra crameri.
of suncollector-building workshop: The workshop will be
stable built up with every instruments, in the near future
and the suncollector building for the people needs will
be started at autumn. The financing is getting better, but
a little bit more is needed for the optimal. Well organized
program, with stable financial base by the support of the
REC, where we raise the awareness for using opportunities
alternative energy resources.
of selective waste collection: We would like to reach the
building of a selective waste yard in Túrkeve, which is
controlled by greens. The first checkings have been made
by the supporting of the Milieukontakt. The only question
is, whether we should start this venture program, but capital
and safe functional background is needed.
- Green days:
We are organising a large scaled demonstration in Békéscsaba,
at the Environment protection World Day. We take part of
the programs of the Waste collecting World Day and the International
Bird counting World Day.
- Camps: Just like the preceding years, five camps were
organised this summer, in Túrkeve, Biharugra, Dévaványa,
Szarvas and Kemence. The operation background for the organisation
of the camps is impossible to procure, because the getting
of the ISM subsidies for the professional programs is not
- Handouts: The yearbook of the Association is the Puszta,
the Green News is appearing in every month, and our bookseries
is called Zöldike.
public life, green politics
of non-protected areas: One place became protected as a
resoult of our initiation in Túrkeve, and there are four
other places under the planning period of the nature reservetaion
- Civil order, decree about the protection of the local
values of nature: The body of the members of the local self
government accepted the decree about the local values of
nature in Túrkeve, and we would like to achieve it in the
surrounding towns too.
do not aim the solving of global problems, we know. But
the local initiations with measureble, concrete resoults
helps the solving of the global problems, and for it the
developing of the informatical instruments is very important.
Environment And Nature Conservation Association
Hungary, Túrkeve, H-5421 PObox: 33.
Tel & fax: 0036/56-361-505