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Experiential Nature-based Training

GRID-Arendal has expertise in nature-based experiential trainings for policy makers, organizational officials and government representatives.

Experiential nature-based trainings promote scientific communication. Transformative learning builds the capacity to communicate good science and develops environmental knowledge for change.

The following are some examples of nature-based trainings designed and implemented by GRID-Arendal.

The Svalbard Experiential Nature-based Training 2011

Participants viewing a Polar Bear in its natural habitat, Svalbard. Photo: Peter Prokosch

In partnership with the British Council, GRID-Arendal has designed and implemented a training programme intended for young professionals between the ages of 20 and 30 years who have a proven commitment to climate change. GRID-Arendal shared its scientific and social expertise in the areas of climate change, polar environments, green economy and sustainable tourism while utilizing the environment of Svalbard as a powerful training arena.

Svalbard is a prime example of LT&C and sustainable tourism development globally.  Svalbard holds twenty-one nature reserves, seven national parks, one protected geotope and in fact 62% of the area is protected. Communicating environmental knowledge through experiential trainings supports the understanding of the positive role that sustainable tourism can play in greening the economy.

A video created by the participants at the 2011 training:

 

A GRID-Arendal video from the 2011 training:

 

The Wadden Sea Experiential Nature-based Training 2012

Tidal flats, Wadden Sea National Park, Germany. Photo: Peter Prokosch

From 23 to 28 April, 21 young people from 15 European countries participated in the Wadden Sea Climate Training, and got the opportunity to experience first-hand the world’s most important inter-tidal zone on the frontline of climate change. The training, organised by the British Council in collaboration with experts from GRID-Arendal and with the support of Youth in Action, took place on Langeness, a low-lying island in the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer National Park (Germany).

The region is an important testing ground for policies and measures to adapt to climate change, the effects of which are already being felt in the ecosystem. The participants, aged between 18 and 30 years, examined the environmental, cultural and socio-economic impacts of climate change on the Wadden Sea ecosystem. They were also encouraged to develop projects under the EU’s Youth in Action programme, which will be implemented locally after their return.

GRID-Arendal has expertise in nature-based experiential trainings for policy makers, organizational officials and government representatives. Experiential nature-based trainings promote scientific communication. Transformative learning builds the capacity to communicate good science and develops environmental knowledge for change. These trainings use sustainable tourism as a means for inspiring and educating people about issues affecting a particular region and the linkages to the rest of the world.

Please read the article Connecting Youth and Nature to Act on Climate Change for further information about our Experiental Nature-based Trainings.

For more information about our sustainable tourism activities, please visit http://www.grida.no/tourism/ or contact Peter Prokosch or Christina Cavaliere.