Pilot study on educational innovation around nature-based solutions
Nature-based solutions (NBS) are solutions that are inspired and supported by nature, which are cost-effective, simultaneously provide environmental, social, and economic benefits and help build resilience. Such solutions bring more, and more diverse, nature and natural features and processes into cities, landscapes, and seascapes, through locally adapted, resource-efficient and systemic interventions. NBS must therefore benefit biodiversity and support the delivery of a range of ecosystem services. What makes the case for NBS interesting and different from the previous ecosystem-based approach is the additional focus on social outcome indicators. An initiative to mainstream the best NBS innovations in European curricula is one way to make sure that students and teachers learn about the challenges the continent faces, e.g., loss of biodiversity and rising sea-level, and to boost interest in solutions to these challenges. Thus, the objective of this project is to make sure that the evidence collected on the usefulness of NBS in this regard is brought into the curricula and teaching practices across Europe.
The PILOT Study on Educational Innovation around Nature-Based Solutions – Phase 1 is a DG RTD project coordinated by PPMI Group in collaboration with European School net. This project is the first in PPMI for the new commission and, overall, one of the first to integrate NBS in education. Whereas PPMI Group will be responsible for the creation of a repository of learning scenarios on NBS, another contractor will be responsible for dissemination and evaluation of the project.
PPMI has reviewed an extensive amount of NBS initiatives in order to select the most effective solutions with educational potential. The main outputs for the year 2020 will be a repository of NBS resources, translation of learning materials created by teachers, post-implementation stories and a final study report. The final study report will be published in March 2021, and was warmly welcome by the client.