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Germany: Biomare - experience and protect marine habitats

What is at issue:

For many years, an increasing alienation between humans and nature has been observed. Biologists and nature conservationists have been complaining for a long time about the decreasing interest in nature and the associated decreasing knowledge of the living environment. Nevertheless, a growing awareness of the need for environmental and climate protection measures has emerged, especially among young people, as the Fridays for Future movement impressively demonstrates.

Tourism is very important for Schleswig-Holstein, and the coasts of the North and Baltic Seas are preferred destinations. "Experience the beach" is one of the guests' primary wishes. But the experience usually ends above the water surface. Many people lack not only the knowledge about the different habitats in the sea, but also about the various threats to which this sensitive system is exposed.

Actively experiencing and protecting marine habitats - this takes up the successful learning principle of understanding content emotionally through direct experience and retaining it permanently. Biomare is divided into two parts, a summer and a winter program: active experience in summer, knowledge transfer with dry feet in the cooler seasons.

What's happening now:

Do-it-yourself Box (Zero Waste Box, Green Box, Sustainability Box)

The DIY box contains all the necessary ingredients for the waste-free production of various products, instructions and target group-oriented information on waste and plastic avoidance. The box can be ordered for facilities throughout Schleswig-Holstein, and the project team member is also offered the opportunity to accompany the teaching unit personally.

Baltic Sea Program

The program conveys knowledge and offers the opportunity to actively explore the world beneath the surface. Information about the Baltic Sea as a living and economic area is also conveyed in a playful way to participants of all ages. The focus is on experiencing and exploring nature on the beach. In colder water temperatures, waders are available to help you search with landing nets and push nets.


Every safe swimmer can take a direct look under the surface with the snorkeling equipment provided. During snorkeling tours, a marine biologist provides background information about the Baltic Sea and its inhabitants. However, the focus is on the direct experience of the underwater world with snorkel and fins. Above all humans, who had so far little contact with the sea for social reasons, are to participate in these tours. Pure girl tours are part of the project.

German-Arabic Baltic Sea information booklet

According to the Immigration Report of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, more than 4,400 asylum seekers came to Schleswig-Holstein in 2018 alone, a large number of whom speak Arabic. The Baltic Sea Info Booklet provides information in German and Arabic on the topics of the sea, the Baltic Sea and marine waste. The booklet is available to educational institutions.

The box contains all the necessary ingredients
Waders allow landing nets on the seabed even in colder water temperatures

What we have achieved:

Already in 2018 a transport trailer with complete snorkeling equipment was purchased. Despite the restrictions imposed by the CoVid19 pandemic, numerous courses and workshops were held in 2020.

The required materials were developed and produced and are available.

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