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Science outreach and dissemination

Goal: Scientific dissemination of ecotechnologies and nature based solutions within society.
. constructed wetlands
. green roofs
. garden vegetables

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Cristina Sousa Coutinho Calheiros
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This Book presents innovative and state of the art studies developed in Environmental Education in different countries to highlight this theme and promote its implementation all over the world. It will give a scientific perspective of Nature-based solutions to promote environmental education in all citizens and a more educational perspective as to how this approach can be implemented at schools and universities. Not less important is that includes science communication as a key factor for training and disseminating about the environment. The invited authors are recognized experts with excellent work developed in Environmental Education. This contributed volume presents innovative and creative work in the area giving a step forward in the implementation of Environmental Education, namely as a target of 2020 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development. The invitation of authors from many different countries allows the creation of a network and subsequently the book will bring concrete ideas as to how to develop operational capacities to bring added values to Environmental Education at an international level.
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An important output from scientific research is the outreach towards citizens and public engagement at different levels. A collaborative research environment that is open to extend knowledge with schools, civil associations and other entities, will have a broader network towards scientific dissemination. In this context CIIMAR - Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research of the University of Porto is engaged with the development of inclusive participatory practices, acknowledging the importance of education, involvement and empowerment for future ecosystems sustainability. Having this in consideration an opportunity was launched to CIIMAR by OPE-Organização para a Promoção dos Ecoclubes (Portugal), under the umbrella of the “Environmental Challenge Accepted” project, to recover a polluted and degraded water stream. The “Environmental Challenge Accepted” project is developed by YEE member organisation BALTA DABA-Latvia, jointly with other partners (Estonian Fund for Nature-Estonia, Organização para a Promoção dos Ecoclubes-Portugal, Youth and Environment Europe-Czech Republic, and Lithuanian Fund for Nature-Lithuania), aiming to promote direct youth involvement in solving local environmental problems, being funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The possibility of CIIMAR to collaborate with the OPE, enabling science outreach, was a perfect arrangement to put in practice science based solutions for environmental protection and this way connect science to communities. As previously mentioned the aim of this collaboration was to develop a collaborative project to recover a polluted and degraded water stream. For that a strategic methodology was followed to identify the problems and make a diagnosis to outline the solutions and afterwards proceed with the implementation. The solution encompassed the implementation of a pond, a constructed wetland and stream rehabilitation, promoting water quality enhancement and boosting local biodiversity. Specifically in the pond design, Charcos com Vida Project (that is running under the responsibility of CIIMAR), had an important input based on 6 years’ experience. The practical collaborative alignments between entities are thus a vehicle for science outreach and dissemination where the information is leveraged. With this work we intended to show a successful example of a collaborative project between CIIMAR and OPE, with international repercussion.
Cristina Sousa Coutinho Calheiros
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Sustainable Water Management urges for the use and treatment of water and/or wastewater in an efficient way. The use of ecotechnologies with the later purpose arise as promising solutions, requiring understanding of the structures and processes of ecosystems and societies. They intent to address an issue from a holistic point of view. Green roofs and planted beds, or also called constructed wetlands, are two ecothecnologies that in an urban context play important roles in order to mitigate, for example, heat island effects, biodiversity loss, stormwater and flooding events, besides the aesthetic importance. Guidelines are still scarce, although great effort in research and development is being carried out in order to support good practices towards application of these systems.
O papel da Universidade é plural e diverso, transcendente à geração e transmissão de conhecimento ao nível do ensino superior. Uma aproximação entre as Universidades e as Escolas e a comunidade em geral estimula a curiosidade e inquietude científica, o espírito crítico e o processo criativo quer de alunos quer do cidadão comum. Ao nível universitário, com o intuito de potenciar a divulgação do conhecimento e inovações científicas, existem vários canais ou meios de comunicação que podem ser explorados. Na área da biotecnologia a utilização do trabalho experimental, através de maquetes e modelos como forma de comunicar ciência, é muitas vezes tida em consideração em exposições, divulgação científica nas escolas e demonstração nas respetivas instituições. Os modelos têm um papel fulcral como ferramentas de trabalho e facilitadores do processo de criação científica, funcionando como representações da realidade e dando uma perceção conceptual a três dimensões. O desenvolvimento de modelos estabelece a mediação entre o real e o imaginário, potenciando a construção e evolução do conhecimento assim como a reconstrução de modelos mentais. Para além de por si só serem veículos de divulgação, como anteriormente referido, o próprio processo de construção e concepção de modelos em grupo facilita a colaboração entre estudantes, investigadores, professores e alunos. Modelos concretos são especialmente úteis na educação da ciência entre alunos mais jovens. Numa outra vertente, a possibilidade de se promover o ensino das ciências em contexto de laboratório escolar de paisagem complementa o conhecimento adquirido tendo um caracter de continuidade e melhoria da aprendizagem dos alunos para o desenvolvimento sustentável. Estes laboratórios propiciam a investigação escolar num ambiente multifacetado em contexto real, tirando partido da multifuncionalidade da paisagem. O presente trabalho pretende dar a conhecer dois projetos universitários em que a divulgação científica e o trabalho experimental na área da biotecnologia ambiental conjugam uma abordagem de ensino-aprendizagem das ciências. Estes projetos - leitos de plantas e telhados verdes (ecotecnologias) - através da sua interação sequencial com i) modelos deles mesmos à escala laboratorial, e ii) com uma visita a projetos-piloto, à escala real, estabelecidos e em funcionamento, no formato de laboratório escolar da paisagem, permitem que haja uma perceção multidisciplinar e holística destes sistemas com aplicação prática e funcional, enfatizando princípios de sustentabilidade.
Cristina Sousa Coutinho Calheiros
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Scientific dissemination of ecotechnologies and nature based solutions within society.
. constructed wetlands
. green roofs
. garden vegetables