Natura 2000! What’s that?
Junior Ranger is an initiative supported by Europac Germany, WWF Germany and NNL (Nationalen Naturlandschaften). It is addressed to children and aims at raising awareness of nature.
During the 13th nationwide Junior Ranger Meeting 2015 in Eifel National Park, the organisations held a 2-day film workshop for children and young people. In the workshop, participants produced a film called ‘Natura 2000! What’s that?’ presenting in a simple, yet vivid way the still relatively unknown Natura 2000 sites in the region and offered their own lively explanation about why nature conservation and protection are so important.
The film is addressed to a wide audience, notably including both young and adult visitors to Eifel National Park. It has also already been shown at several conferences and workshops related to the project and was subtitled in English to increase its reach internationally. In the future, it will also be made available in 13 information centres in and around Eifel National Park that attract more than 300 000 visitors per year.
This short film is part of the public relations work of the larger EU funded LIFE+ project ‘Woodland — Water — Wilderness’ run by the Biologische Station Städte Region Aachen e.V. (Biological Station for the Aachen City Region) in partnership with Nationalparkforstamt Eifel (part of the State Forestry Administration). The project focuses on implementing measures that will restore woodlands and water courses in the area, thus providing better protection for threatened species such as the beaver and wild cat.