THE NATURE LAB
Nature, biodiversity and ecosystems are globally under severe threat. Despite of the fact that many people have a positive attitude towards nature and its conservation, we see biodiversity and ecosystem losses at an alarming rate. Seeking innovative solutions for these challenges needs the involvement of new groups of people from a wider range of professions and expertise. There is a rising awareness that a good life and thriving business for all is only sustainable with functioning ecosystem services in a healthy environment – locally and globally. However, there is still a gap between knowing and doing – people are aware of the threat but do not act – so it is time to turn knowledge into action.
Empowerment and participation of youth for urban biodiversity
With these thoughts and fact in mind the German Country Unit developed the innovative concept “Nature Lab” that includes the empowerment and participation of youth for urban biodiversity. The challenge is to tackle the missing sense of responsibility for environmental issues and to sensitize and create awareness for the topic of nature conservation. Within this idea a broad space and spectrum for discovery, enthusiasm and learning with and from nature and sustainability experts in the broadest sense will be provided.
The Country Unit Team aims to enlarge the number of people that are actively involved in nature conservation. They want to build new alliances between the public and the private sector, developing innovative approaches for conservation that are fair, effective and efficient.
The Nature Lab will be an open space for learning and experimenting with innovative ideas on how to do business, use and save ecosystems and achieve biodiversity protection at the same time.
The Nature Lab will provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and the development of innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to conserve nature. The Nature Lab will inject nature conservation issues into an innovative setting. A group of people with diverse professional backgrounds will meet and discuss solutions to nature conservation issues – from very different perspectives. Young interested people are invited as observers or participants in order to learn from the ideas and experiences of the professionals. The main question the Country Unit Team will work on within this project will be “What are the innovations, procedures, and tools from other sectors that can boost nature conservation and eventually start businesses based on it?” The goal is to engage more people in nature conservation by creating green jobs or by showing greening potential in classical employment.
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