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The 37th Congress for Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired on 03.08.2020 - 07.08.2020 in Marburg, Germany

From 03.08. to 07.08.2020 our project partner the German Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBSV) is at the 37th Congress for Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Marburg an der Lahn, Germany. DBSV presents the Nature without Barriers project. More about the event at: https://vbs2020.de/wp/.

This is the logo of the special competition "Social Nature - Nature for All". The UN Decade thus honours exemplary projects that combine nature and social issues. It shows a smiling woman hugging a tree.

"Nature without Barriers" becomes official project of the UN Decade on Biodiversity

Just in time for Europe Day on 9 May, the project "Nature without Barriers" receives the title as an official project of the UN Decade on Biodiversity in the special competition "Social Nature - Nature for All". The award has been handed over by Dr. Rüdiger Leidner, Member of the Board of Directors of the European Network on Accessible Tourism r.a.

With its special competition „Social Nature – Nature for all“, the UN Decade honours exemplary projects that connect nature and social issues. The awarded projects highlight the opportunities that nature and biological diversity hold for social cohesion.

To the awarding video with Dr. Rüdiger Leidner (in German): Laudatio

More on the UN-award and the winner-projects (in German and English): https://www.undekade-biologischevielfalt.de/

"Nature without Barriers” at the third regional conference of the InitiativeSozialraumInklusiv (ISI)

sceduled for the 28 April in Rostock, Germany, POSTPONED: we will present our project and discuss together with other participants about barrier-free travel within the forum "Think Tank: Where is the journey going? A reality check". Join us! More about the conference (in German only) at dritte Regionalkonferenz ISI.

People with disabilities continuously accompany us in our project work as experts in their fields. In October 2019, our international project team went on a barrier detection trip to the Donau-Auen National Park near Vienna, Austria. For two hours all participants were allowed to explore a nature trail in a wheelchair or with the help of a blind cane. Under the guidance of the Austrian federal association of impaired people ÖZIV (Austria-wide Future-oriented Representation of Interests), we checked where barriers were hidden on the nature trail on the castle island in Orth. This nature trail will soon be redesigned to get barrier-free.

We spoke with Isabella Aigner and Peter Noflatscher working for ÖZIV ACCESS about the work of the ÖZIV, its current challenges and a new view on barriers.

The picture shows Lake Balaton in Hungary, which is one of the project areas of "Nature without Barriers". The sun is shining, many ships sail on the lake.
© By Line Kft

Save the Date: Nature without barriers at the 9th Day of Accessible Tourism at the ITB

planned for the 6 March 2020 at the CityCube Berlin, Germany, POSTPONED to 2021:

In a panel discussion and several presentations, experts from various sectors look into how tourism offers can be adapted to the various needs of disabled holidaymakers. Global Nature Fund presents the project Nature without Barriers and explains the special features of the barrier-free nature experience. Be a part of it!

More about the event at: here (in German)

This picture shows members of the project team trying out what it feels like to experience nature in a wheelchair or with a cane for the blind. The guide in the wheelchair leads the group.
© Umweltdachverband

October 2019: Hunting the Barriers in the Donau-Auen National Park

None of us would have thought that a 2 cm high edge on the bridge passage would leave the wheelchair stuck!  On the 22nd of October, our international project team of "Nature without Barriers" went on a barrier exploration in the National Park Donau-Auen near Vienna, Austria. For two hours, all participants were allowed to experience a nature trail in a wheelchair or blindfolded with the help of a cane. Together we checked where there were barriers hiding on the castle island in Orth. Here, the nature trail is going to be redesigned in a barrier-free way in the near future.. The exciting excursion was part of the Erasmus+ project meeting and became possible thanks to great organization by ÖZIV and Umweltdachverband. Together working for more Nature without Barriers!