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Challenges of Biodiversity Education: A Review of Education Strategies for Biodiversity Education

Author(s): Moramay Navarro-Perez | Keith G. Tidball

Journal: International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education
ISSN 2146-0329

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 13;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Biodiversity education | environmental education | education for sustainable development | biodiversity awareness | biodiversity communication

Biodiversity conservation has increasingly gained recognition in national and international agendas. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has positioned biodiversity as a key asset to be protected to ensure our well-being and that of future generations. Nearly 20 years after its inception, results are not as expected, as shown in the latest revision of the 2010 CBD target. Various factors may affect the implementation of the CBD, including lack of public education and awareness on biodiversity-related issues. This paper explores how biodiversity education has been carried out and documents successes and failures in the field. Based on a comprehensive literature review, we identified four main challenges: the need to define an approach for biodiversity education, biodiversity as an ill-defined concept, appropriate communication, and the disconnection between people and nature. These represent obstacles to the achievement of educational targets, and therefore, to accomplishing conservation goals as set forth by the CBD.
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