"Naturdetektive im Internet" – erlebnisorientierte Umweltbildung über das Internet
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Umweltinformatik ’00 Umweltinformation für Planung, Politik und Öffentlichkeit
Lösungen für die Umweltkommunikation; Solutions for Environmental Communication
"Nature Detectives in the Internet" focuses on students and teachers, groups of students as well as individuals, groups of nature conservation and the public in general. The project combines Internet with practical field observations of various themes ie. plants & animals and local ecosystems. Colored icons, characterizing each theme, are located interactively on a map by simply clicking in the map. With a set of tools, the user can zoom into the map, get a dynamic visualization „migration” of the observations or can open and read the „reports” with text and foto attached by the participants to each single observation. This allows communication and stimulates the exchange of experiences between participants. The project is regarded as a complementary way of how to introduce and handle "nature" using Internet in environmental education how to raise public awareness and stimulate broad public participation on this important issue. The background of the initiation of the „Nature Detectives in the Internet” concept originates in the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) and its article 13 „to raise ... public awareness and environmental education”. The project is further relevant to practically implement the change of the paradigm "Environmental Education" to "Education for Sustainability" formulated at the UNCED Summit in Rio de Janeiro 1992 and is part of Chapter 36 of the AGENDA 21. It supports ie: species recognition; phenological observations; tracking of observations of animals in relation to environmental/climatic changes according to geographical locations and also offers communication and GISpresentation tools to exchange experiences. More than 20 partner organisations support the project.