About the project
Over the last few decades, the Czech Republic has experienced a strong decline in native species and biotope diversity. The Republic is, however, committed to halting this loss of biodiversity and has joined the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. Nature conservation education at the local level is a crucial element in saving biodiversity as environmental and biodiversity protection is only possible through an increase in awareness as regards their importance in everyday life issues and the influence individuals can have.
The BIOM project (16. 1. 2015 to 30. 4. 2016), is focused on increasing the level of biodiversity education and improving networking between scientific research, nature protection and legislative bodies. The Institute of Vertebrate Biology of the Czech Academy of Sciences will facilitate such networking activities through its extensive experience in research and education, and putting scientific results into conservation practice. What is more, the National Animal Genetic Bank that is being created within the framework of this project relies on cooperation between a number of zoological and conservational organisations. Most of the project activities will be held at the Mohelský Mill Field Station (GPS: 49.1030767N, 16.1897403E). This site is ideal for hosting a wide range of educational programs, which will be individually prepared for different target groups in accordance with the Strategy for Sustainable Development and the Concept of Environmental Education and Enlightenment of the Vysočina Region.