Sports competitions

Sports competitions
Sports competitions can help raise public awareness of biotope networks. © rheinerftkreis/ flickr.com

Involved sectors

Agriculture, Forestry, Hunting, Tourism and leisure, Nature protection, Local population/citizens, Public relations and environmental education, Other: Sports Associations

Affected habitats

Measure independent of habitat

Description

Sports competitions can help raise public awareness of biotope networks. In particular, the importance of wildlife corridors can be conveyed very effectively through the selection of a high-profile species of fauna. Organising races at local level (e.g. wildcat runs in Thuringia, Bavaria and Hesse) can encourage hikers, walkers and runners and draw attention to the need to network habitats of specific species. Besides the sports competition, information can be provided, e.g. through an appropriate flanking programme and exhibitions which raise awareness of how the animals live and the obstacles to their migration. Additional funds (e.g. for the purchase of areas to create a biotope network) can also be sought in this way. This raises awareness of rare species of fauna and sensitises the public to the issue of landscape fragmentation.

Impact

Impact in particular on Big mammals
Ecological impact  
Other A direct ecological impact can only be achieved through embedding in an overall concept, e.g. through donations at the event for the purchase or exchange of areas.
Time of realisation for measure Immediate: Public awareness is raised immediately, but direct ecological impacts only arise after some years with adoption of more comprehensive measures (see above).
Impact scope Transregional: Events can be organised at various levels, but individual events should be embedded in a transregional concept.

Implementation

Implementation period Months: Organising an event is very time-consuming if it is to appeal to the general public and generate effective publicity.
Frequency Non-recurring, Recurring: Can be a single, annual action.

Economic and legal aspects

Costs Low (1'000-10'000 EUR): Depending on the size of the event and accompanying actions, at least € 2000 will be required.
Socio-economic impacts No direct impact: By increasing public awareness, positive impacts (donations, volunteers) can be expected. The events may also be of interest to the tourism sector.
Sources of financing Private sponsor, Public: local, Public: regional, Public: national

Further information

Evaluation The "Running Wild" - “race for life” for the European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris) has already taken place three times (2006, twice in 2008) at the initiative of BUND Deutschland (Friends of the Earth Germany) to publicise the planned migration corridor for wildcats between Hainich National Park and the Thuringian Forest (Thüringer Wald) (Hesse, Bavaria, Thuringia in Germany).
Information Other: Further information about the "race for life" for the European wildcat is available at: http://wildkatzet3.bund.net/index.php?id=79
Good Practice “Running Wild” – the wildcat run, Germany
Exemple « Running Wild – Courir pour le chat sauvage »
Esempio “Running Wild – Corsa per il gatto selvatico“

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