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Big Foot Conferenece. June 5. Intergenerational Learning as a factor in sustainable development in the rural mountainous areas_Tamara Mitrofanenko

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Tamara Mitrofanenko presented her research on Intergenerational Learning as a tool for protected area management and sustainable tourism development in the rural areas, based on the Big Foot project …

Tamara Mitrofanenko presented her research on Intergenerational Learning as a tool for protected area management and sustainable tourism development in the rural areas, based on the Big Foot project as a case-study.

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  • One of the factors, and at the same time consequences, is the growing divide between the younger and older generations, incompatibility of their views on development options, lack of opportunities to valorize their abilities, and loss of useful knowledge. The pressures are exacerbated by the lack of information and awareness, both among the local population – about the sustainable development threats, possibilities and competencies available in their communities - and among the other stakeholders, such as national administration, businesses or international organizations - about the extent of local knowledge, value of participation and co-management, and potential benefits Intergenerational dialogue and learning may bring to the development process.   Intergenerational relations are strongly embedded into the widely accepted concept of sustainable development, however, not always approached in detail, and specifically the communication among the participating generations is not often explicitly addressed.   The aging of the global population makes this issue more relevant, especially in the rural areas, where the growing generational divide leads to development and infrastructure challenges and to the loss of knowledge, culture, and traditions: as the older connoisseurs die, and the younger move away or do not find traditional practices relevant or useful any more.   Given the above, it seems sensible to propose that sustainable development of the rural areas, including sustainable tourism development, would benefit through an approach grounded in intergenerational dialogue and cooperation.
  • through combining traditional knowledge and natural heritage with modern communication tools and expertise
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    • 1. www.bigfoot-project.eu CROSSING GENERATIONS, CROSSING MOUNTAINS 1 CROSSING GENERATIONS, CROSSING MOUNTAINS Tamara Mitrofanenko Final Conference of the Project Big Foot. Crossing Generations, Crossing Mountains INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING AND INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 5-6 June 2013
    • 2. www.bigfoot-project.eu
    • 3. www.bigfoot-project.eu
    • 4. www.bigfoot-project.eu • “Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities, which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and may contribute to building more cohesive communities.” • “Intergenerational learning is a process, through which individuals of all ages acquire skills and knowledge, but also attitudes and values, from daily experience, from all available resources and from all influences in their own ‘life worlds’.” The EAGLE Project Tool Kit (EAGLE 2008) • In families vs broader social contexts • Younger influence on older generations Boström 2003, Maddox et al 2011 • More research needed on Rural Aging and participation of elderly in Mountain Areas Burholt and Dobbs 2012
    • 5. www.bigfoot-project.eu Protected areas: •facilitate preservation of cultural heritage and traditional land use •provide alternative opportunities of socio-economic development •support income – generation activities, such as tourism •Getzner et al 2010, Dredge & Thomas 2009 Importance of cultural heritage and innovative approaches for tourism development Aas et al 2005, Choi & Sirakaya 2006, Carpathian Convention 2012
    • 6. www.bigfoot-project.eu • Biodiversity Protocol • Tourism Protocol • Development of the protocol on Cultural Heritage and Traditional Knowledge
    • 7. www.bigfoot-project.eu • What knowledge and skills can the older and younger generation provide to the sustainable tourism development in the rural mountainous communities? • How could an intergenerational learning project contribute to sustainable tourism development? • How can Protected Areas serve as spaces for tourism development via Intergenerational Learning?
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    • 9. www.bigfoot-project.eu • Encouraging intergenerational learning and dialogue in mountain areas • Valorizing skills and knowledge of older and younger generations • Promoting sustainable tourism development
    • 10. www.bigfoot-project.eu Gubbio, italy Trikala, Greece Berkovitsa, Bulgaria
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    • 12. www.bigfoot-project.eu UNEPUNEP ViennaVienna– ISCC Role– ISCC Role
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    • 15. www.bigfoot-project.eu Role of the older and younger generations in Rural Tourism Development Older Generation Younger Generation Cultural heritage, folklore, legends Openness to innovation, enthusiasm Historical knowledge Adapting to the changing rules, standards, branding Professional knowledge and skills Globalization and networking Traditional and experiential knowledge, traditional land use, features and changes of the local landscape, medicinal plants and herbs, local flora and fauna, gastronomy Knowledge of technology, ICT, digital cameras, computers, social media Architectural styles Potential to develop into tourist guides/destination managers Interpersonal and civic competences Civil rights activism Interest in sharing knowledge with the younger generation Time and ability to learn; use of knowledge and sharing information interactively Traditional lifestyles respecting the natural environment Engagement in new trends in environmental protection Potential to volunteer time and help Volunteers: for cleaning, project implementation, fundraising
    • 16. www.bigfoot-project.eu BERKOVITSA
    • 17. www.bigfoot-project.eu Gubbio
    • 18. www.bigfoot-project.eu Trikala
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    • 21. www.bigfoot-project.eu Thank you!Thank you!