Animals in biodiversity education: Tiere Live workshop in Europe

23 March 2012 | News story

IUCN CEC members from Austria, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and the United Kindgom participated in a March workshop organized by the Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management (ANL) in partnership with IUCN CEC.

How can we strengthen biodiversity education in our countries through promoting respectful and emotional understanding using animals as an object of experiential learning? Participants discussed the future of biodiversity education at the event 16 to 18 March 2012.

The Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management became a member of IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in November 2010.  At the same time, Peter Sturm, Tania Berthold and Christian Stettmer accepted invitations to join the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (IUCN CEC). Together with the IUCN CEC Regional Vice-Chair for Europe, Katalin Czippán, they initiated a workshop to share experiences about using the “Tiere Live” environmental education toolkit with other European IUCN CEC members, and to discussion future cooperation for biodiversity education. 

Tiere Live has developed a way of learning about animals that aims to:

  • connect children to Nature emotionally and at the same time
  • give them scientifically proven and understandable information
  • show the richness of the ecosystems, opens their eyes to diversity
  • encourage children to take action, showing what to do.

The premise is that having this experience in early childhood, adults will hopefully stay open and ready to learn lifelong and life-wide, and will consider biodiversity issues in their personal, professional, business and political decision making.

After sharing their national experiences and views, the participants agreed to explore the possibility of adopting the Tiere Live approach, introducing Bavarian knowledge and know-how, and work together on building a strong network. The network’s goal is to contribute achieving the first Aichi target: “By 2020, at latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably. “

This event had brought new energy and new goals into the IUCN CEC network in Europe. It was important for the larger IUCN as well, as it was organised in cooperation by two IUCN constituencies, the members and the expert commission catalysed by Hans Friederich, IUCN Regional Director for Europe. This kind of networking and sharing is one of the major strengths of IUCN and the aim of the workshop supports the IUCN value proposition as stated in the draft programme for 2013-2016:

  • IUCN provide credible trusted knowledge
  • convenes and builds partnership for action
  • has a global-to-local and local-to-global reach
  • influences standards and practices.

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