Requires a collaborative approach from all project partners and some of the connected groups. Each organisation / nation will have evidence from their own country on leadership training along with specific needs and expertise on how environmental education is taking place. It is essential to work collectively to ensure that an appropriate evaluation of tools and standardisation takes place.
The compendium will provide detailed information on the various mechanisms used to effectively develop knowledge on sustainability and environmental education in a range of settings and environments including:
While in WP1 information on leadership training was gathered from a more theoretical point of view, this work package will additionally deliver the practical insight and produce a report or compendium of activities and processes from the partner countries. Therefore, there will be transnational meetings to see practically what happens and to understand the processes in each partner country. Within this exchange programme partners will meet in 5 different destinations and share their methods of good environmental education in leadership training. This will be done “in the field” as well as for theoretical formats that are used in educational practice.
For every exchange meeting, the hosting partners will be allocated 5 days to prepare the working sessions, provide connections to the local providers and to report on the outputs and outcomes. Additionally, every partner will be allocated 2-3 days to attend the exchange and participate in the training.
The toolkit is central to the project and will provide an excellent resource to the outdoor sports sector especially for those involved in leadership training. Training instructors, leaders, and guides on how to communicate and teach sustainability and environmental ethics and etiquettes is of extremely high importance for the outdoor sports sector. Without this there is potential to lose access to sites, to cause friction between users and land/water managers and to bring sports into disrepute with the public. Furthermore, engaging people effectively with nature through education can bring many positive benefits for mental health and well-being, volunteering for protected areas, being watchful of other activities and to carry out elements of citizen science for land / water managers.
In order to produce the toolkit, the partners have identified 6 key activities of work: