Guided tours and information events

Guided tours and information events
Local information events and guided tours are important measures. © WWF/ L.Umek

Involved sectors

Agriculture, Spatial planning, Nature protection, Municipalities

Affected habitats

Measure independent of habitat

Description

In the implementation of measures and thus the realisation of biotope network projects at local level, spatial and landscape planners and municipal administrations have a role to play as key actors alongside the nature conservation organisations, which are often the driving forces behind biotope network projects. Local information events and guided tours are a good way of informing these actors (as well as other stakeholders such as farmers, hunters etc.) about the issue of biotope networks and ecological connectivity and ways of realising them in practice. What is important, to ensure the success of these initiatives, is to prepare summary documentation (e.g. a manual with decision-making aids) and to present the benefits and value-added which such projects can generate at local level (multifunctionality of corridors which are significant not only in ecological terms but also perform key social functions as spaces for leisure and recreation as well as economic functions, e.g. through the sustainable management of roadside grass verges).

Impact

Ecological impact  
Other Indirect through training and sensitisation of decison-makers and local stakeholders.
Time of realisation for measure Immediate: Participants must be motivated to take account of connectivity issues in their decisions, ideally starting straight away. Results can be expected in the long term.
Impact scope Local (municipality): Depends on audience. Cooperation between municipalities at regional level should be proposed.

Implementation

Implementation period Weeks: Training and guided tours take some time to prepare, but delivery can take place in a standardised format.
Frequency Recurring: Long-term awareness building is needed for optimal effect.

Economic and legal aspects

Costs Very low (less than 1'000 EUR): Cost are incurred due to the working time taken in preparing and delivering training and preparing information material.
Socio-economic impacts Low: Sensitisation of the public.
Sources of financing Other private sources, Public: local, Public: regional
Legal situation Voluntary information events.

Further information

Evaluation This measure cannot be expected to produce direct ecological impacts. However, the good cooperation and extremely high level of interest shown at the well-attended daytime and evening events for decision-makers in the municipalities and administrations, such as those held by nature conservation association FRAPNA, demonstrate the high level of interest in these measures and are thus likely to have an indirect positive ecological impact.
Information Other: Experience already gained in some pilot regions in the Alps (Engadine, Gesäuse, Isère).
Contact France: e.g. Arnaud Callec, Conseil général de l'Isère

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