Life Conhabit Andalusia brings its environmental awareness programme A Coast with Roots to the province of Huelva

Yesterday, the Botanical Garden Dunas del Odiel, in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva), hosted the first workshop of the environmental awareness programme A Coast with Roots which the European project Life Conhabit Andalusia is carrying out in this province during this school year 2017/2018. 

An activity that also belongs to the PLEAMAR project of the ALDEA programme, that received the pupils of Molière High School in Huelva, with the aim of raising their awareness about the coastal richness that there is in the Natura 2000 Network spaces of Andalusia that are part of the project, as well as the most important species and habitats in them that need to be protected.

To achieve this, the workshop ‘With a lot of touch' was offered to them, where the participating pupils could observe, only helped by their sense of touch, the adaptions of the coastal plants that have benefitted from Life Conhabit Andalusia, a European project that the Environment and Town and Country Planning Department is carrying out.

Additionally, during the workshop, the participants received calendars made by the European project illustrated with the two winning posters from the first round of the school mural competition ‘Coastal Habitats, so close yet so far', that this awareness initiative held last year. These winning pieces of work were the ones named ‘Conecthábitat’ from the group in the 2nd year of Secondary School, letter B, at El Picacho High School in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cadiz) and ‘Playa de Terreros’ from the class in the 4th year of Primary School at Federico García Lorca Eco-School in the neighbourhood of La Fuente in Pulpí (Almeria).

A Coast with Roots has aroused the interest of 39 schools throughout Andalusia, who have already completed their registration to participate in it during this school year. The response achieved will result in a great outreach for this environmental awareness initiative, since it represents a potential audience which is calculated at around 2.000 Andalusian pupils.

The aim of this programme by Life Conhabit is to raise awareness among school children in order to educate them, from a young age, about the discovery of the coastal areas of the Natura 2000 Network that surround them and allow them to value their benefits, as well as to promote in them the observation and comprehension of the diversity of species and characteristic plant formations, as well as transferring to them socially integrating knowledge and giving the teacher the necessary teaching material for the development of each activity.

The programme carries out different activities, adapted to each level of education and they are carried out at the nearest coastal botanical garden. Therefore, it has the collaboration of the Network of Botanic Gardens in Natural Spaces, -reference centres in the conservation and environmental education of the Andalusian plant heritage-. The intention of these activities in the garden is to bring the pupils closer to the reality of the coastal habitats. They can see the most characteristic plants of the coast through different games and exploration and investigation workshops.



Project Life Conhabit Andalusia

Conhabit Initiative
The Project LIFE CONHABIT ANDALUSIA "Preservation and improvement in priority habitats on the Andalusian coast" (LIFE+13/ES/000586) begun on the 1st of June of 2014, after being approved by the European Commission. With a duration of five years and a budget totalling 2,654,269 euro, it is a LIFE-NATURE project whose main objective is advancing the improvement and preservation of priority habitats found in 15 areas of the Natura 2000 Network on the Andalusian coast, and promoting social awareness of the need to protect these spaces, habitats, and species, some of which are under threat. Read more

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