Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.
Forest educational institutions are a perfect means for developing environmental consciousness of future generations. The project supports educational institutions in participating in such programs which familiarize children with protected areas such as Natura 2000. Thanks to the project, at least 12’600 children shall have the possibility to participate in such a program.
Protecting the environment
- Forest schools and kindergartens
Educational institutions (kindergarten, schools)
- Children, pupils
- Parents, relatives
- Around 38'800 children increased their knowledge about Natura 2000 sites as consequence of the project
- 10’000 children/ pupils participated in the newly developed educational programs
- 860 institutions use the educational materials elaborated in the course of the project
- 10 workshops and trainings took place to integrate the Natura 2000 related education into the programme at forest kindergartens and schools
- National State Institute North
Forest kindergartens and schools have a long history in Hungary and were very popular in the nineties when governmental support was provided for educational institutions for financing their participation in forest schools / kindergartens programs. Due to financial reasons, this support has decreased lately – despite a huge demand. A recent governmental call (ending in December 2009) financed the infrastructural background of certified forest schools and kindergartens. However, participation in forest schools/kindergarten programs was not supported and is nowadays mostly to be covered by parents and thus restricted to wealthier families.
The goal is to strengthen the environmental consciousness of children and pupils. For this purpose, environmental education with close-to-nature experiences is strengthened resulting in an increased awareness of Natura 2000 areas.
Forest schools and kindergartens receive professional assistance (e.g. workshops, consultancy services) to improve their educational programs. Public educational institutions and their pupils especially from disadvantaged areas are financially supported to participate in such nature conservation related programs. These activities are complemented by a nationwide awareness raising campaign on Natura 2000.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Foreign state institution
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 1’345’238 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 1’142’587|
Phase 1 01.04.2012 - 31.12.2016 (Completed)