Protection and restoration of river ecosystems: Role of public education by Danka Thalmeinerova and Martina Zupan

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Protection and restoration of river ecosystems: Role of public education by Danka Thalmeinerova and Martina Zupan

  1. 1. Protection and restoration of river ecosystems Role of public education Danka Thalmeinerova, GWP Martina Zupan, GWP CEE
  2. 2. Framing the problemThe education is on the tail of our efforts to protect andrestore river ecosystems
  3. 3. Framing the problemPolitician media teacher
  4. 4. Towards SolutionsMany examples to attract attention of the youth existMany activities are supported by governments, donors,private sector, NGOsMany river restoration projects conducted with fewelements to share best practices with teachersAd hoc? (depending on the donor and funds, one-timeshots)Effective? (we do not know as these are not evaluated)Methods used? (Google age not explored well)
  5. 5. SolutionsBoost knowledge on the river ecosystem functions andvaluesUse different methods and toolsSeek to transform innovative initiatives of education andcapacity building to schools curricula
  6. 6. EXAMPLE 1
  7. 7. EXAMPLE 2
  8. 8. EXAMPLE 3
  9. 9. EXAMPLE 4
  10. 10. RecommendationsStart studies on social perceptionof ecological functioning ofwater ecosystemsEvaluate the efficiency ofeducational activities andprograms (both schools, generalpublic)Develop education programs onecological functioning of riverand water ecosystem
  11. 11. GWP commitmentsIn period 2012 – 2015, support communication andexchange of information on best practices of ecologicalrestoration measures and land use adopted in IWRM plansBy end of 2012, support (lead) an assessment of the effectof public education and stakeholder involvement in riverrestoration projects
  12. 12. THIS IS A WINNING PICTURECREATED BY 11 SCHOOL CHILDRENFROM CLASS 5G (GERMANY)
  13. 13. DO NOT STAY BLIND!
  14. 14. THANK YOU/ MERCI

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