This week, the SEE project partners will meet for the first time for an exchange meeting. After conducting a number of surveys at the earlier stages of the project in which the challenges with outdoor sports in National Parks and Protected Area's have been inventoried and analyzed, the project is entering a new phase in which several exchange programs will take place.
The first exchange meeting is planned in Serbia. Mountaineering Association Tara will host the program at the Tara National Park.
During the 3 day program, the focus will be on the types of outdoor sports being practices in mountaineous landscapes and habitats. Varying from hiking, mountaineering and kayaking. During these days, the project consortium will exchange methods to educate outdoor participants on responsible behaviour in order to minimize our impacts on the natural environment.
There will be a special focus on land-based sports, especially mountain sports. This will help deal with issues associated with rock-based activities, high altitude and mountain habitats, air-based sports, wild camping, and some water sports such as kayaking. Find out more about the SEE project at https://www.leavenotraceireland.org/the-see-project/ #SEE #LeaveNoTrace
Other relevant topics that will be addressed during the program are 'zero waste in outdoor sports' and workshops about context based learning and how to better understand the outdoor experience and behaviour of various user groups.
The second exchange program will take part in Viana do Castelo, Portugal, in November.
During that exchange, the key focus will be on waterbased outdoor sports.