The environmental awareness programme A Coast with Roots by Life Conhabit Andalusia comes to the province of Almeria

This morning, the Botanical Garden El Albardinal in Níjar (Almeria) hosted the first workshop of the environmental awareness programme A Coast with Roots which the European project Life Conhabit Andalucía is carrying out in this province during this school year 2017/2018.

The pupils of Algazul High School, in the town of Roquetas de Mar in Almeria, were the first in the province to launch this activity -which also belongs to the PLEAMAR project of the ALDEA programme-, with the aim of raising their awareness about the coastal richness of Andalusia, as well as the most important species and habitats to protect.

Therefore, the sense of touch has played the largest role in the workshop, with the workshop ‘With a lot of touch’, to help the participating pupils to discover, only using their hands, the adaptions of the coastal plants that have benefitted from Life Conhabit Andalucía, a European project that the Environment and Town and Country Planning Department is carrying out.
Up to 36 schools throughout Andalusia have submitted applications for ‘A Coast with Roots’ to participate in it during the school year 2017/2018. This interest 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. The aim is for them to 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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