CHERKESSK, August 28. /TASS/. More than 100 students and young activists from different cities of Russia and CIS countries became the participants of Severo-the Caucasian youth forum “Mahar-2017”, which was held in the homonymous gorge in Karachay-Cherkessia (KCR) from 22 to 28 August. Next year it can visit students from Turkey and the Czech Republic, said on Monday, TASS, the rector of Karachaevo-Circassian state University. Umar Aliyev (KCHGU) Tausultan Uzdenov.

“Interest in our forum is growing, every year the geography of participants, and it is very gratifying. This year it was attended by over 100 people, was first presented to students from neighboring countries, in particular, from Turkmenistan. The following year we received applications from the Czech Republic and Turkey, with universities which actively cooperates with our University,” said Uzdenov.

“Mahar-2017” was dedicated to the Year of ecology in Russia and the Year of health in Karachay-Cherkessia . During the week were held thematic trainings, round tables, discussion platforms and sports and entertainment events. There was held an ecological action on cleaning of garbage areas Narzan sources and banks of the Kuban river.

“The event was attended by experts of the regional departments of Rosprirodnadzor, the environment and water resources, the teachers of our University, the Chairman of the regional branch of the Russian geographical society (RGS) Vyacheslav Onishchenko. Within the framework of the forum meetings with young people also had the Ministers of sports and tourism of Karachaevo-Circassia Rashid Uzdenov and Anzor Erkenov,” added the rector.

He noted that the forum contributes to the establishment of interregional ties of youth, the interpenetration of cultures of different peoples of Russia and the promotion of good-neighbourliness.

Classes at an altitude of 3 thousand meters

The forum worked in four areas: scientific-educational, cultural, tourist and sports.

“Part of the educational and sports activities conducted at the height of 3 thousand meters above sea level. According to our data, the youth forum “Mahar” – the highest in the world,” TASS said a member of the organizing Committee of the forum Rasul Dinev, noting that the camp participants were placed at a height of about 2 thousand meters.

According to him, every day of the forum began with a morning three-kilometer jog to a mineral source. Instead of the traditional morning coffee youth drank Seltzer and ate only healthy foods from eco-friendly tableware that is rapidly degraded. The participants of the camp was to give up bad habits, e.g. Smoking. They organized ethnographic excursions, Hiking trips and mountain training.

Forum “Mahar” is held in Karachay-Cherkessia in 2009, in 2015, it received the status of the North Caucasus with the support of the Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation. It is organized by the Karachay-Cherkessia state University. In 2017, the forum was held under the slogan “High mountain – high environmental responsibility!”.