Measuring the Effects of Nature Projects

I am currently working with fundraising tasks for Geopark Vestjylland as well as working with them to meet the criteria to be UNESCO certified through EGN/GGN. It’s extremely interesting to learn about geomorphology and geotourism, as well as having the opportunity to get to know people so engaged in the heritage of exactly my region.

I have to create a project for my University College also this spring, and with my boss I have decided that I’m going to be working on an effect measuring model specifically designed for this Geopark. It will include determining the baseline for several parameters, both some that are very important with regards to the EGN application but also economic development, level of awareness, synergies with other nature areas, infrastructure improvements and local pride.

It will be interesting to see what is possible to measure directly as well as how these measurements can be designed. It’s also going to be necessary to make qualified predictions and project some short-term effects into the future.

I can’t wait to get started!

I will leave you with a picture of the coastline at Bovbjerg, an up to 35 metres high cliff with Elster, Saale and Weichsel deposits where especially the exposed cross section in the Weichselian stationary line is of interest.

The differences or similarities of Ecotourism-vs-Geotourism

Brilliant post by Not A Clue Adventures!

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Crowley CreekEcotourism – The Definition

Ecotourism is now defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015).  Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests.

Principles of Ecotourism

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement, participate in and market ecotourism activities should adopt the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry.
  • Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climates.
  • Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities.
  • Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and…

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A walk

Here is the impressions from today when I was out and about seeing the little nature path that I will be trying to get upgraded as part of my next project.

Play with me, begs the wind,
and tugs at the copper,
pushes the golden,
orange and green
into a clay-grey puddle
of captured autumn sky.

Time-lapsed clouds
race over molten lead
above the capony.

Catkins and nuts
burst like campfire
under my feet.

Puffballs spiky white,
Oysters clammed up beneath bridges,
Jew’s ear listening for the sound of elderberries
swaying in the wind
and 3 pheasant torpedos,
offset over rows of ditches.

Deer at dusk…

Dusk at midday in the drizzly
airborne dampness
of late October,
bridges leaning –
compartmentalised compartments
at Wounded Tree.

Scented Sitka.
Sudden reminders of
chainsaws, stuck trailers,
sore backs and silent rain
just like this.

The warm smell of oily
tangible fumes,
wood chips warm to the touch.
The first snow
melting down my back
and caught in dad’s eyebrows.

Accending, under sizeable oaks,
fields lie narrow
with borders of blue-deep
coniferous mystery.

Fire. Light.

Darkness wraps around me,
a blanket knitted with stars.
Hands curl
around mugs of hot chocolate.

Mind calms
restless senses
sitting beneath the ticke-ti-tick
of rain on leaves
behind me.

The Relief

First day today at U-CrAc and it’s quite a challenge because we are so many different professions involved. Some are very used to design processes and doing very abstract work in the beginning of the process, others are more used to having to provide feasible solutions within budget and closely relating to existing problems.

It seems our case deals with voids. Or maybe rather a relief – things that stand out on a background which can seem like a blur. We need to carve away the bits that are not essential and deal with many influencing forces – groups and their interests, conflicting levels of engagement and maybe there is an irony in the task – that to the untrained eye, the area we are going to promote is barely noticable, and the biodiversity of the area is very low – but very distinct – if you know what you are looking for. Which no one seems to do, so we have to make them some glasses, provide a filter.

We have been asked to do an app but it seems the main communication need is to create this relief function as well as provide a medium which is flexible enough to buffer around changes in the business landscape that we need to somehow promote on the background of this nature area.

Maybe the idea of a relief will last for a few hours – it’s helping me think about the problem anyway. See what the rest of my group say tomorrow. It’s certainly an interesting project.

I need to see if I can get them to explain how they think abstract thoughts, though, as they seem to think I am too concrete thinking. I’d like to understand where they stand – if they can verbalise it.