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An Environmental Education Concept for Galtür, Austria

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Abstract:

The Alps have always been of global interest and significance due to their natural and cultural diversity and are presently the number one tourist destination worldwide. Therefore, raising awareness of issues of global change and sustainability is most relevant in this region. Due to its integrative nature, geography can contribute substantially to disseminating knowledge about the Alps. This paper reports on the development of an environmental education concept for the community of Galtür. The concept is based on a thorough analysis of the Alpine environment, the recording of educational interest in the Alps, and the development of implementation strategies for environmental education programmes. The main goal of the concept is to contribute to a sustainable future for the Alps. The paper highlights the role of geographical research and education in promoting public awareness and understanding of sustainability issues.

Keywords: Alps; Galtür; environmental education; global change; sustainability

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098260500030371

Affiliations: 1: alpS—Centre for Natural Hazard Management Innsbruck Austria 2: Institute of Geography University of Innsbruck Austria

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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