E-Book: Life in Streams and their Riparian area
An E-Book gathering information on how to educate youngsters on the importance of preserving and conserving rivers ecosystems will be produced. It will be produced texts on the different aspects of the life in the river from the natural aspects to its social, historical and practical aspects, including case studies and pedagogical and didactic activities.
The E-Book will resort on visual graphic and multimedia materials: 3D and 2D animations, videos, pictures, drawings, etc, in order to better communicate the contents related to biology, ecology, specifically ecosystems and the river memories and regarding scientific researches previously made, industrial, cultural and economic activities related to the river across time, raising awareness of the natural beauty and richness of the cultural and fluvial heritage.
The E-Book will also have video tutorials for field activities. These Tutorials will be used to train students on how to best carry out the field researches. Its content will be totally practical, given them practical instruction and recommendations to facilitate and take the best profit from the field researches.
The E-book will be divided according to the following:
1) Introduction to the project and its themes
2) Stream (functioning and relations with their riparian areas)
3) Rivers & society – Introduction on the history of a transnational timeless relation (Where the river bends – learning about biodiversity and ecology from oral history)
Contributions for the E-Book’s content: Bibliographic review articles with topics relevant for the project
4) Contributions for the E-Book’s content: didactic texts or case studies of good practices
5) Activity sheets and interactive games
- The livingriver.eu platform will gather information related to the whole of the project, give access to pedagogical and other resources and provide a space for all stakeholders interested in the topic of the project — schools, universities, authorities, NGO’s, professionals and others — to share information, resources and ideas. It will also be the main tool for the project’s dissemination.
- Virtual Ecomuseum, which main aim is allowing the involvement of the communities to preserve, interpret and manage their heritage, preserving their biodiversity and cultural heritage. An Ecomuseum is based on a community agreement, developed by a process of collective construction.
- Georeferencing platformpromoting citizen science. This will be a space where any citizen, in particular groups which adopt a river section can introduce information about data related to river monitoring, photographs and documents related to the riparian flora and fauna, images, photos and memories recorded about the history and the river traditions.
- Complete Handbook for Field Activities, including:
- Guide with for training teachers on methodologies for collecting cultural and ecologic data: oral history handbook with inventory instructions, how to relate with local communities; how to develop an accurate and suitable script; recording, validating and editing an interview, how to develop an oral history project within your community, the importance of local knowledge to scientific and historical research, copyright and shared authority, transcription and publication of interviews and personal documentation. Public dissemination of oral history and its importance to local communities.
- Field Guide including identification cards and activity sheets.
- Weed identification and elimination guide for use in volunteering programs.
- Two Electronic Magazines with articles on scientific researches and pedagogic experiences, published by the end of second and third years.
- Five Newsletter will be published and distributed each of the three years of the project.