Climate changes have become a fact, that has bigger and bigger impact on our lives, and therefore, a change in thinking and lifestyle towards sustainable development is necessary. The LUTRA Institute, which was an applicant and manager of LIFE AQUALUTRA project, already envisaged that Otter Centre would not only be intended for the research of inland aquatic ecosystems and the otter as an umbrella and charismatic species, but would be a carrier of various educational and awareness-raising activities for nature conservation and environmental protection in the wider geographical and social environment of the entire Őrség-Raab-Goričko Landscape Park.
We already upgraded the equipment and content of the AQUALUTRA centre in several projects (Vidrology with the support of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism, LIFE AQUAVIVA), but with limited financial resources we have not yet achieved all the objectives set in the design of the center. Nature conservation activities of the centre will be supplemented with environmental protection, as both areas are closely linked. Therefore, we are planning to set up an educational platform for informing and raising visitors’ awareness on climate change and how to adapt to them, and to show measures for everybody to every day contribute to reducing the carbon footprint. We want to show a few simple solutions for a sustainable way of building with natural materials, for renewable energy sources (wind, solar), for economical use of water (rainwater harvesting) and cleaning of urban waste water (plant treatment plant).
Title: All shades of green
Applicant: Lutra, Institute for Conservation of Natural Heritage
Co-financiers: Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning
Funding program: Funds for environmental projects of non-governmental organizations for 2018 and 2019
Duration: from August 2018 to October 2019