Nature and the environment

The amounts of unspoiled nature around the world are diminishing more and more every year.

The reasons for this are varied; ecosystems are driven back by the search for raw materials, the cultivation of agricultural products and energy plants, and the expansion of residential areas. Biodiversity is also decreasing from year to year. Plants and animals are becoming extinct and measures to protect these species often come too late.

In addition, fewer and fewer compromises are found at international climate protection agreement meetings, as economic interests often outweigh the preservation of a livable environment for future generations.

In Europe, it has become apparent that we need to change the way we think about these issues, and the  Upper Rhine Valley is leading by good example. Habitats have been mapped out and red lists of endangered  animal and plant species have been compiled. This serves as a foundation for designating large  protected areas such as protected landscape, national park, biosphere reservation or international Ramsar areas.

It is important for everyone that uses the countryside, such as those working in agriculture, forestry, and tourism, to cooperate in order to successfully protect the local nature and landscape. Animal and plant  species are protected locally through the networking of habitats or through visitor management measures. In large urban areas, green roofs contribute to an increased biodiversity, much to the enjoyment of city beekeepers.

Focusing on environmental education
The offerings of environmental education institutions such as conservation centers, ecological stations, forest homes and kindergartens, farms, and associations all foster a direct connection with nature and the landscape. Depending on size, they offer everything from permanent and temporary exhibitions, consultations, and excursions to courses, seminars, and hikes suitable for every age and interest.
You will visit various educational institutions in the region during the workshop, which concludes by discussing which ideas and solutions could be implemented in your own country.

Innovation Academy e.V.
Bertoldstr. 45
79098 Freiburg
Tel. +49 761 4004481
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