About the project
The stocks of wolf, bear and lynx are recovering - all over Europe. The SCHUBZ Environmental Education Center Lüneburg has therefore launched the international education initiative EDU-Wildlife: Young people in Lower Saxony and Romania deal with the role of large carnivores in modern Europe. Together with numerous partners, the SCHUBZ is developing educational materials in German, English and Romanian that will be available for schools and educational centers.
What some see as a successful species protection, the others see as a threat. The international education initiative EDU-Wildlife starts right there: Young people in Lower Saxony and Romania deal with the role of wolves, bears and lynxes in modern Europe. During the education initiative, young people from Lower Saxony and Romania discuss the coexistence of large carnivores in an international comparison. In school lessons as well as in project weeks and wildlife clubs, the young people pick up the topic, exchange ideas and search for solutions for a less conflicting interaction.
The main objectives of the project are...
- Analysis of different communication and management strategies for dealing with carnivores in a European comparison
- Establishment of a qualified network of scientists and educators coming from Romania and Germany to communicate important insights
- Development of innovative and sustainable teaching material in the sense of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
- Awareness raising (with young people as future decision-makers) for the compatibility of a less conflicting coexistence, taking into account divergent usage claims and activities in and with nature
The project activities at a glance
The project runs for two and a half years from August 2017 to January 2020. All educational offers are developed during this period can be found on this website.
The most important milestones at a glance
Aug – Oct 2017
Research: Analysis of different communication strategies and management plans
Nov 2017 – Aug 2018
Creation of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) as an online learning platform for environmental educators
Qualification of multipliers in Romania
Oct 2018 – April 2019
Scientific seminar on sustainability communication using the example of large carnivores
Oct 2018 – Mai 2019
Education and information campaign in D and RO: Implementation of educational offers in schools
Feb 2019 – Dec 2019
Implementation of wildlife clubs in Romania & organization of academies, conferences and other educational programs on the "Deputy-topic Wolf" in schools in Lower Saxony
Expert conference and exchange of multipliers in Germany
Where can the project be carried out with school classes?
On the interactive map you will find the participating partner centers in Lower Saxony and Romania. Here you can book the EDU-Wildlife education modules directly. If there is no education center in your area, the short film presentation of the education offer in the MOOC will help you.
Partner in Lower Saxony / Germany
- RUZ Hollen
The Environmental Education Center Hollen is an extracurricular institution for the promotion of education for sustainable development (ESD). Since 1996 we offer in a scenic location in the district Hollen, the municipality Ganderkesee, environmental education with a focus on forest and nature, nutrition and agriculture, energy conservation and natural sciences for school classes of the district of Oldenburg and the city of Delmenhorst. Our goal is to promote skills to enable pupils shaping our future. In doing so, we teach key issues of sustainability in an interdisciplinary and global context.
- Alfred Toepfer Akademie für Naturschutz in Niedersachsen
For 25 years, the Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation covers a regional environmental education center accredited by the state of Lower Saxony. Children, young people and adults can experience nature and the environment in an interdisciplinary, experiential and action-oriented manner. Mainly nature-based offers are based on the goals of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). It promotes skills such as system thinking, participating in decision-making, experiencing self-efficacy, and creating a understanding for the sustainable use of our natural resources.
The Regional Environmental Education Center Emsland in Papenburg is accredited by the state of Lower Saxony and sponsored by the Association RUZ-Emsland in Papenburg. The RUZ Papenburg conveys ecological, economic, cultural as well as social competencies in the context of education for sustainable development (ESD) to children and adolescents as well as to multipliers.
- Waldpädagogikzentrum Göttingen: RUZ Reinhausen und Steinberg
The Forest Education Center Göttingen - RUZ Reinhausen is sponsord by the Lower Saxony State Forestry and is also accredited by the state of Lower Saxony. Our Education for Sustainable Development Program covers the topics of forest education, agriculture & healthy nutrition, orchards, gardening and education about bees. Our events are aimed at kindergartens, schools, colleges and for the general public. Within the Waldpädagogikzentrum (WPZ) Göttingen, there exist two overnight accommodation: Steinberg & Rotenberg.
- RUZ Nationalpark Harz
The Regional Environmental Education Center in the Harz National Park is an out-of-school learning site, offering both pupils and students a variety of complementary education programs in the mountain wilderness of the Harz during school camps. The main focus of the educational work is, in addition to education for sustainable development, the wilderness concept of the Harz National Park under the premise of "letting nature to be nature".
- Biologische Station Osterholz BioS
The Biological Station Osterholz is the environmental and nature conservation center in the district Osterholz with different departments. The Regional Environmental Education Center, which is accredited by the state of Lower Saxony, offers holistic educational programs on the topics of the environment, nature and culture. It provides pupils, students and multipliers with experiences based on current findings as well as their own options for action and reflection. In this way, the offers are taking account of ecological, economic, social and cultural aspects, which fulfills the requirements for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
- RUZ Schortens
The Environmental Education Center in Schortens is accredited by the state of Lower Saxony as an out-of-school learning location for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). We offer programs on many different topics for kids in kindergarten, groups and school classes, seminars, training, lectures, advice on environmental or nature conservation issues as well as support for educational projects on education for sustainable development. We also provide literature, teaching materials and other equipment for teachers. In 2017/2018, we were honored as a learning place for sustainability by the German UNESCO Commission.
- NEST Wolfsburg
The NEST exists since 1988 in the sponsorship of the city of Wolfsburg and is a regional environmental education center accredited by the state of Lower Saxony. Our educational programs for school classes of all ages incorporate the diverse nature of the immediate environment as well as current developments in the city of Wolfsburg, all within the framework of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
- Lernstandort Noller Schlucht
The Regional Environmental Education Center Noller Schlucht has been an information and action center for 30 years in a extracurricular environment, with interesting models and media, discussion and work spaces, laboratories and workshops. The center has his own library and its own kitchen, for education about healthy food.
- SCHUBZ Lüneburg
The Environmental Education Center SCHUBZ is a regional environmental education center accredited by the state of Lower Saxony, sponsored by the Hanseatic City of Lüneburg. It develops educational concepts and educational materials in the context of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The educational offerings focus on all key issues of a ESD. Conferences as well as national and international projects are also part of the portfolio.
Partner in Romania
- ProPark Foundation for Protected Areas
We are the main provider of capacity building programs for protected areas managers and conservationists in Romania, while also having an active role in European and worldwide networks that aim to develop the professional capacity of those working in protected areas and conservation, implicitly through projects, consultancy and mentoring.ProPark Foundation was set up in 2008 to find solutions to problems related to the protected area system in Romania and to meet these challenges.Through our Strategy, our team is committed to complex and challenging tasks that should lead to a well-structured national framework for professional training by 2020, as well as a comprehensive program and quality products and services to help practitioners and stakeholders to improve their professional performance in the management of protected areas and critical natural resources for conservation.
- Societatea Română de Sălbăticie (SRS)
Romanian Society of Wilderness (Societatea Romana de Salbaticie) was founded in late 2016 to help conserve, promote and recognize areas of wilderness in Romania as part of the development of Romanian society that respects the balance between the principles of environmental, social and economic and other activities specific to nature conservation.
- Parcul Naţional Piatra
Piatra Craiului National Park is a protected area established in 1990 for conservation of biodiversity and landscape, of valuable species, to promote and encourage tourism, and for public awareness and education in the spirit of protecting nature and its values.
The Administration of the Piatra Craiului National Park is responsible for managing the Piatra Craiului National Park's territory in accordance with the approved Management Plan, having as main objective the protection and conservation of some representative ecosystems in the national biogeographical space, offering the possibility to visit it for recreational, educational and touristical purposes.
The Association for Biological Diversity Conservation (ACDB) has been active in preserving wildlife species and their habitat since 2003. ACDB works for:
- Preserving healthy populations of bears, wolves, lynxes, otters and wildcats in the wilderness;
- Educating people about the beneficial role of large carnivores in the wilderness;
- Preserving key protected areas for species and local communities;
- Creating sustainable tourism based on natural heritage and nature conservation;
- Saving and treating injured wild animals and reintegrating them into their natural habitat
Asociația Zarand / Zarand Association (AZ) was set up and registered in 2011 as a non-governmental and non-for-profit organization (NGO), with a clear defined thematic and geographic focus: to develop conservation, socio-economic and cultural projects within one of the most important ecological corridor in Europe – the link between Apuseni Mountains and Southern Carpathians in Romania – in order to ensure the functionality of the corridor for large carnivores as umbrella-species and sustainable development of local communities.
- SCHUBZ Romania
SCHUBZ brings interactive and experiential educational methods to Romania developed and tested in Germany and other countries, where the contact of pupils with the environment is essential for education at all ages.Our vision is to lead children and teenagers in developing a new attitude and way of living, bringing sustainability to their life and to the whole society in the future. At the same time we value the local heritage and traditions connecting local communities to nature and its resources.We work with schools, families, universities and non-governmental organizations to share knowledge and experience about education for sustainable development in Romania and abroad.
Who is active?
The project is supported and carried out by the SCHUBZ Umweltbildungszentrum Lüneburg. The coordination in Romania is carried out by Mioritics Association. The two institutions are supported by numerous project partners in Lower Saxony and Romania.
Romania: SCHUBZ Romania, Pro Park Foundation, Nationalpark Piatra Cranuilui, Babeş-Bolyai University – Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Zarand, Asociaţia pentru Conservarea Diversităţii Biologice (ACDB), Societatea Romana de Salbaticie (Romanian Wildlife Society)
Germany: Leuphana Universität – Institut für Umweltkommunikation, Landkreis Lüneburg, Landesjägerschaft Niedersachsen (LJN), Universität Osnabrück – Abteilung Biodidaktik, explainity Lüneburg, Waldpädagogikzentrum Göttingen – Regionales Umweltzentrum (RUZ) Reinhausen und RUZ Steinberg, RUZ Nationalpark Harz, Lernstandort Noller Schlucht gGmbH, Alfred Toepfer Akademie für Naturschutz (NNA), NEST Wolfsburg, Historisch-Ökologische Bildungsstätte Papenburg (HOEB), RUZ Hollen, RUZ Schortens, RUZ Biologische Station Osterholz e. V. (BioS), Universität Bamberg – Didaktik der Naturwissenschaften
Dr. Alexander Bittner, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU
Prof. Dr. Daniel Fischer, Institut für Umweltkommunikation, Leuphana Universität
Prof. Dr. Jorge Groß, Didaktik der Naturwissenschaften, Universität Bamberg
Konstantin Knorr, Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Umwelt, Energie und Klimaschutz
Dr. Eick von Ruschkowski, Alfred Toepfer Akademie für Naturschutz, NNA
Eliana Sevianu, Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca/Rumänien
Birte Eilenbecker, Nds. Landesschulbehörde, Fachberatung BNE (Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung)
German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), Bingo Environmental Foundation in Lower Saxony, Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection in Lower Saxony