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 first work package of the SEE Project (WP1) analysed the challenges of sport in nature and the current developments in environmental education for outdoor professionals. The final report from WP1 provides information on how visible environmental and sustainability issues are on federations’ websites and as to how well these are communicated. To determine best practice examples, the partners agreed to analyse websites and information (within their countries and other countries) that tend to use the natural environment.
The 4th SEE Project partner exchange took place in the Achill Outdoor Education Centre (OEC), Ireland's oldest Outdoor Education Centre, established on Achill Island for over 50 years. For the Ireland Exchange, an overarching theme of the exchange was a review and further development of the SEE Project toolkit. Building on this, each day of the exchange had one dedicated theme: Inclusion, Environmental Ethics, and Community Engagement. The exchange deployed a range of engagement tools, including interactive exercises and discussion sessions, versatile presentations from partners and experts, and several sports activities which gave participants a better understanding of these topics.
The first published report from the SEE project partners - BeActive…BeOutdoors…BeResponsible- was centred on the results from a survey to managers of protected areas across Europe to see what issues they faced in relation to outdoor sports and also to gauge how outdoor sports were perceived.