Tiere Live: Children, animals and biodiversity education

CEC's Katalin Czippan shares news of a special project with animals and children in Bavarian schools and other educational settings. A handbook featuring 64 activities is now in translation.

Orange-eyed green tree frog Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforest_harley/

From new CEC members Tanja Berthold and Peter Sturm

Katalin Czippan, Regional Vice Chair of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), has a strong interest in Bavaria´s "know how" regarding issues of education for nature conservation. She recently visited the Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management (ANL) on the 5th of June 2011. CEC is a Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and a network driving change for sustainability. More than 800 experts are members and volunteer their professional expertise in learning, knowledge management and strategic communication to achieve IUCN goals.

The reason for the meeting was CEC´s interest in the compendium “Tiere live”, which was published in 2010 by the ANL and the Bavarian Academy for Training teachers and Personnel Management (ALP). The main issue of “Tiere Live” is to enable children and scholar pupils to get in contact with nature and experience the emotional fascination of living animals. One result of the meeting is that the handbook on “Tiere live” will be distributed, in close cooperation of CEC, ANL and ALP, all over Europe.

Wide distribution is an ambitious aim, but the first steps have already been taken. A presentation of the compendium and the educational project “Tiere Live” will be made during the IUCN Europe Regional Conservation Forum from 6 to 9 September 2011 in Bonn, Germany.

By November 2011, four chapters of the compendium will be translated into English. They will serve as a first basis for discussions within CEC in Europe. From the 16th to 18th of March 2012 the ANL will organise a workshop where CEC experts will meet and discuss how this compendium could be used in the different European countries and for sharing experiences in education for biodiversity. It is hoped that the first results of this joint project will be presented during the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju in September 2012. 

For more information, contact Tanja Berthold t.berthold@alp.dillingen.de and Peter Sturm peter.sturm@anl.bayern.de 

To join CEC in Europe, contact CEC Regional  Vice Chair Katalin Czippan 

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