At a press event on 10 June 2021 in the Fasanerie Wiesbaden, the Rhine-Taunus Nature Park adopted its concept for education for sustainable development (in short: ESD concept), which was developed in a six-month process together with the IfLS. The ESD concept is to serve as a guideline for high-quality ESD offers in the nature park area for the next few years. In this way, the Rhine-Taunus Nature Park fulfils its mandate, anchored in the Federal Nature Conservation Act, to further develop and expand its existing educational work in the sense of ESD. Numerous regional stakeholders have made a decisive contribution to the development of the ESD concept through their participation in two workshops and an online survey. The concept will also serve as a guide for them in future cooperation with the Rhine-Taunus Nature Park in the field of ESD.
The concept defines the regional role and the goals of the Rhine-Taunus Nature Park in the field of ESD, which were developed on the basis of a detailed analysis of the current situation. In addition, it contains ESD quality standards developed together with the regional stakeholders and three initial ESD flagship projects.
One of these exemplary flagship projects is "Naturpark Rhein-Taunus - nachhaltig engagiert!" (Rhine-Taunus Nature Park - sustainably committed!), which is aimed at companies in the region and is intended to raise their awareness of climate protection and social sustainability, among other things.
In a next step, with the help of the ESD concept, certification of the Rhine-Taunus Nature Park as an educational institution for sustainable development by the state of Hesse will be sought. In this way, the high quality of the local educational offers can be ensured in the future.
Further information on the development process and the final ESD concept can be found here (in german).
Contact persons at IfLS: Svea Thietje (thietje[at]ifls.de) and Dr Ulrich Gehrlein (gehrlein[at]ifls.de)