Development and provision of educational materials on biotope networks and ecological connectivity

Development and provision of educational materials on biotope networks and ecological connectivity
Children are the adults of tomorrow. © IRKA

Involved sectors

Nature protection, Public relations and environmental education, Other: Schools, Kindergarden

Affected habitats

Measure independent of habitat

Description

The description of this measure is based on the “Nature sans frontières” (Nature without Frontiers) games kit from the French nature conservation organisation FRAPNA. Children are the adults of tomorrow – and will be responsible for decision-making and action. For that reason, it is important to teach them about ecological relationships and the key functions of natural systems. This can be achieved simply and effectively through play. That is the aim of this educational games kit. It is a practical tool which enables children and young people to learn about the mobility needs of various sample species, recognise possible barriers and identify simple solutions to overcome them. The easily accessible games are ideally suited to the classroom and excursions into the local environment. The kit comprises a theoretical guide with explanations of the issues, suggested action and solutions (80 pages); an activity book with instructions for observations, 12 experiments and various activities (60 pages), and several games (card games, board games, identification sets etc.).

Impact

Ecological impact  
Other Indirectly through environmental education.
Time of realisation for measure Immediate: Sensitising children to this issue is an important aspect of publicity work. As a rule, children are very receptive to the topic and are keen to take action immediately. To ensure a more lasting sensitisation impact, however, the issue must be addressed in detail over a longer period.
Impact scope Local (municipality): The educational tool is being distributed throughout the region and presented to classes in schools.

Implementation

Implementation period Weeks: The longer the sensitisation period and the greater the detail, the more effective the message. This also allows specific activities and projects to be carried out with children, including in the field.
Frequency Non-recurring

Economic and legal aspects

Costs Very low (less than 1'000 EUR): Presentation of the games in the classes and facilitation are undertaken by volunteers. The games kit itself costs € 40.
Socio-economic impacts Low
Sources of financing Private sponsor, Other private sources, Public: local, Public: regional
Legal situation Voluntary education offer.

Further information

Evaluation The kit is proving very popular with children and the experience reported by volunteers and staff from the nature conservation organisation is very positive. No data are available on the long-term impacts on the current and future behaviour of the children.
Information Other: The games kit was developed in 2005-2008 as part of an environmental education campaign on ecological corridors: http://www.frapna.org/images/region/nsf_depliant.pdf (fr)
Contact Other: http://www.frapna.org/
Good Practice “Nature sans frontières” (Nature without Frontiers) games kit from the French nature conservation organisational FRAPNA
Exemple de l’association française de défense de l’environnement FRAPNA : le kit de jeux « Nature sans frontières »
L’esempio dell’Associazione ambientalista francese FRAPNA: Il kit di giochi “Natura senza frontiere”

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