Communication, Education & Public Awareness

CEPA Best Practices Database Project

The project below was submitted by the organization below in response to the notification issued by the Executive Secretary in December 2003. The Secretariat does not assume responsibility for the accuracy of the information it contains. Any questions about the project should be addressed to the organization which reported the project

General Description
Title "BioDets" - Biodiversity Nature Detectives - Internet-based Nature and Biodiversity Observation Platform
Status Ongoing
From 16/02/2004
To 15/10/2004
Country(ies) Germany
Russian Federation
Region(s) Africa
Central and Eastern Europe
Latin America and the Caribbean
Western Europe and Others
Participating Organization(s)
Lead Organization(s) German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
Type of Implementing Agency(ies) Governments
Other Collaborating Organizations Russian Children's Telecommunication Project (EcoCoop) and UNESCO/MAB
Main Target Groups or Audience
Contact Details
Contact Person Dr. Horst Freiberg
Job Title Project Manager
Organization Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
Address Konstantinstrasse 110
City Bonn
Country Germany
Telephone +49-228-8491-232
Fax +49-228-8491-200
E-mail Address
Web Site
Source of Funding Bilateral
Funding Agency German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
Amount EUR 50000
Goals and Objectives
Overall Goal To contribute to raising awareness on biodiversity and nature as well as facilitating intercultural communication on biodiversity. Promote an exchange of experiences and the creation of partnerships both between Germany and Russia as well as on the global level
Specific Objectives
  • Offer a concrete and practical internet-based tool which combines practical and direct work, including field observations, with the interactivity made possible by the Internet.
  • Facilitate online publishing of these observations including interactive localizations of field observations on a world map.
  • Further facilitate experience exchange and transfer of know-how by building contacts among participants.
  • Provide an opportunity to raise awareness on biodiversity related issues thay may be relevant in other countries and regions of the world.
  • Demonstrate concrete examples of how BioDets could be used for advertising and the promotion of participation in CBD relevant activities ( i.e. Biodiversity Day and/or launches for specific CBD thematic programmes)
    Scope and Activities
    National Level Activities

    Organised two workshops - the first managed to attract participating schools, a total of four pilot-schools became first contributors and users. These were invited to a second workshop, for which all costs were covered by BfN.

    Project also promoted cooperation with a national UNESCO project- for the development of a school network, as well as other school networks.

    Radio and other media were used to) to advertise the platform

    Regions and Sub-Regional Level Activities Public awareness raising through a side event at COP7 and posting on the CEPA Portal, as well as through Russian partner organisations and CHM National Focal Points (i.e. NL and SF)
    International-Level Activities Advertising has begun and is being further proposed/developed by CEPA/CBD and the Ramsar Convention (because of the use of the pilot-theme WATER and UNESCO/MAB)
    Outcomes and Lessons Learned
  • experience on the practicality of the use of the Internet as a communication platform for biodiversity projects on the national, regional and global level.
  • experience on the use of language as the basis for communication between remote locations and different cultures
  • experience on the future focus of such platforms in the context of the CBD CEPA programme
  • experience on the possible shape of such platforms for CEPA/CBD goals to raise awareness on the Convention
  • experience on the amount of resources (personnel, time ,money) required to manage such platforms
  • Lessons Learned
  • usability
  • practicability
  • amount of coordination to manage such platforms
  • intercultural communication pros & cons
  • global network building
  • References