Educational pathways

Educational pathways
Increase knowledge while offering an experience of nature. © froutes/ flickr.com

Involved sectors

Tourism and leisure, Nature protection, Public relations and environmental education, Other: Schools

Affected habitats

Measure independent of habitat

Description

The purpose of an educational pathway is to impart and increase knowledge while offering an experience of nature, recreation and raising environmental awareness. Pathways also offer a good opportunity to bring the issue of biotope networks closer to the public and thus publicise a local or regional project. The “Green Light for Ecological Corridors” educational pathway, for example, was developed as part of a transnational Interreg III A project by three nature conservation organisations: Pro Natura Genève, Appollon 74 and FRAPNA Haute-Savoie. Along the pathway, there are numerous information boards which explain the significance of ecological corridors. The boards were designed in conjunction with school classes from the local area. As part of this collaboration, teachers and students explored the topic of habitat connectivity in great detail. 20 classes were involved in total. In addition, various other educational tools, such as a brochure and a touring exhibition, were developed as part of the project.

Impact

Ecological impact  
Other Indirect ecological impact via environmental education and public information.
Time of realisation for measure Immediate: In view of the costs, an educational pathway should be long-term in focus. In this way, it can also demonstrate the effect of a variety of measures to promote connectivity.
Impact scope Regional: Depending on the location of the educational pathway, it may also attract tourists and visitors from other areas.

Implementation

Implementation period Months: If properly thought out, the planning, development and implementation of an educational pathway can involve quite a considerable workload.
Frequency Non-recurring: Requires permanent maintenance of info boards.

Economic and legal aspects

Costs Low (1'000-10'000 EUR): Depending on scope (length of educational pathway, terrain, use of existing pathways, number of stops) an educational pathway may entail costs running into several tens of thousands of euros.
Socio-economic impacts Low: May attract visitors. Environmental education.
Sources of financing Private sponsor, Other private sources, Public: local, Public: regional, Public: European

Further information

Evaluation This measure cannot be expected to produce direct ecological impacts. However, the good cooperation and extremely high level of interest on the part of the many school classes participating in the above-mentioned project demonstrate the effect of these measures and are thus likely to have an indirect positive ecological impact.
Information Other: Brochure on the project and further details: http://www.pronatura.ch/ge/index.php?lang=3&mz=5 / http://www.frapna-haute-savoie.org/
Contact France: Contact at FRAPNA Haute-Savoie: Damien Hiribarrondo
Good Practice "Grünes Licht für ökologische Korridore" (Green Light for ecological corridors), French-Swiss border in the Geneva Basin area
Exemple de la région frontalière franco-suisse du bassin lémanique
Esempio del confine franco-svizzero del bacino del Lago di Lemano

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