The Sustainability and Outdoor Education (SEE) project aims to enhance the protection of natural landscapes through education on responsible outdoor behaviour across Europe. This will be achieved through collaboration between outdoor sports professionals and conservation organisations across Europe.
The third and final report- BeActive…BeOutdoors…BeEducated- from Work Package One was for partners to identity current good practices from within the outdoor sporting sector. The partners to the project agreed on a list of 26 sports and activities that could be encompassed within the ENOS definition of outdoor sports. The next step was to investigate each of these sports in their own country to gather information on their leaders’, guides’, or instructors’ training programmes. Nine partner countries were involved in looking for information on the number of courses available, and whether environmental education was offered in their leadership training programmes.
It is recognised that as individuals and as a society, we have an impact on the natural environment. Our day-to-day activities in and around our sporting practices can contribute to greenhouse emissions. Decisions we make on how we travel, what we eat, the equipment we use all has an accumulative effect on the environment. Therefore, we must seek to reduce and if possible, eliminate these. Where it is not possible to do this, we must look at ways to mitigate these as effectively as possible.
The SEE project partners created a survey to collect information from Protected Areas across Europe to learn about the various impacts of outdoor sports in nature and to identify innovative practices to effectively manage them. The outcomes of the data analysis will contribute to the preparation of a toolkit for outdoor sports trainers and educators in order to effectively educate practitioners into more sustainable, respectful and enjoyable experiences of being active in nature.