Title Promoting nature bay training nature interpreters
Project Number LLP-LdV-ToI-2007-SI-31
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text To preserve biodiversity and healthy environment is a very important goal we (the Project Partner) try to achieve in many ways. Based on experience of project partners we can do a lot thru education. People need to understand things they experience and develop respect for the nature The park organisations provide that learning environment. Nature interpretation as a means of communicating ideas and feelings can help people understand more about nature and themselves through experience is becoming an increasingly important way of learning offered to visitors who look for active guiding and experience. Classical guiding does not serve these new demands anymore. Nature interpretation also supports sustainable tourism.
Around 35% of the Slovene territory is included in Natura 2000 sites and more than 12% of the territory belongs to nature protected areas. To protect the nature, people need to understand Processes in the neture and their part in those Processes.
Nature interpretation is becoming an important way of learning offered to visitors of nature protected areas. In many parks, nature interpretation centres have been developed, which attract more visitors and contribute significantly to economic development of these areas.
Nature interpretation is well developed in Austria and Germany. In Slovenia some initiatives exist and along with that, a strong need for related competence. The park personnel are usually experts in one specific field. The nature interpreter, however, needs to possess complex cross sectoral knowledge and appropriate interpretative skills to motivate the visitor to learn and offer him/her a meaningful experience. Practice in partner countries revealed additional training needs to be addressed, such as nature interpretation for people with special needs and healthy lifestyle promotion.
7 Project partner from Slovenia, Austria and Germany will exchange knowledge and based on this knowledge provide an education programme and find ways to implement the Programs on the Regional and National level. Very important is to keep the Partnership ongoing and improve the education programmes constantly and add new special Themes.
The Project is based on a transfer of knowledge and experience of German an Austrian partners and adaption of this knowledge to satisfy the needs determinate by Slovenian partners.
The main aim of the project is to contribute to development of higher quality and visitor centred learning environment in nature protected areas by enabling the park personnel an access to innovative competences in nature interpretation and healthy lifestyle promotion. This would contribute to employability of park organisations personnel, but also the local population in nature protected areas.
The project objectives are to develop an innovative training programme on nature interpretation and healthy lifestyle promotion, to form a pool of potential trainers, and to ensure sustainability of the training offer after the project end.
The most important outcome will be a curriculum on nature interpretation and healthy lifestyle promotion accompanied with the training materials. In the course of the project, potential trainers will be identified to deliver the programme in the future. In Slovenia, the curriculum could provide a basis for the certification of the training programme and thereby achieving a standard and comparable level of qualification.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
program or curricula
The main results are:
- Development of an innovative training programme on nature interpretation and healthy lifestyle promotion based on transfer of knowledge and experience from Austria and Germany and adapting to specific needs of Slovenia. The objective is to jointly develop new specific contents of a common interest. The programme will integrate and upgrade existing knowledge of the personnel in parks, local guides, teachers and other interested individuals in several fields (e.g. nature, landscape, natural and cultural heritage and healthy lifestyle) with interpretation and communication skills and knowledge;
- formation of a pool of potential trainers who will be able to pass the developed contents to target groups and other users; only by providing qualified trainers and encouraging their (international) networking, the training offer could be made available for all interested participants and the European quality level maintained. Qualified, competent and committed staff is central to the success of protected areas.
- to ensure sustainability of the new training offer based on a valorisation strategy, which intends to explore possibilities of certifying the programme at the national level and it’s introduction to the vocational training in Slovenia.
By achieving the above aims and objectives, the project will contribute to transfer of innovative practice to Slovenia and improvement of the vocational training in the field of nature interpretation and healthy lifestyle promotion in all participating countries.