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The logo of our project consists of three words: Nature without Barriers.

5 May 2021 is the European Day of Protest for Equality for People with Disabilities. On this occasion, we would like to present the first results of our project to all interested parties and invite you to our online event:

When?  Wednesday, 5 May 2021, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Where? Online via Zoom

Click here to register (in English or German): www.globalnature.org/en/ideas-nature-without-barrieres

Get inspired by new ideas, find like-minded people and share your knowledge: for more Nature without Barriers. We will send the programme and the Zoom access link to all registered participants shortly.

The party to the protest

5 May - 18:00 to 20:45.

The online party for the protest

With live music by Woodman Jam
With music, disco and dance to join in with
With disco balls, painted signs, disguises....

We look forward to seeing you!!!

Free registration (in German only): www.handiclapped-berlin.de

Inclusion rocks! Music for All.

A mountain lake surrounded by mountains and forest in summer. Villages stand along the shore. A 6km long barrier-free path is being built on the western shore of Lake Weissensee.
© Mayerhofer

Robert Heuberger is active for various nature parks in the canton of Carinthia, Austria. Since 2009, he has been a board member of Arge Naturerlebnis Kärnten, an association of 11 protected areas, 10 tourism regions and Kärnten Werbung. Arge Naturerlebnis develops and implements sustainable, innovative nature tourism programmes in protected areas, which have received several awards. Read about the long road to more inclusion in the mountains in our interview.

More about the programme: www.kaernten.at/barrierefrei

„Nature without Barriers“ at the Accessible Tourism Day online

On Friday, 12 March 2021, in addition to the ITB NOW Congress, the "9th Accessible Tourism Day" will take place online via ZOOM from 10:20 a.m. to approx. 3:30 p.m. We are pleased to present our project "Nature without Barriers" and the developed guidelines.

In a panel discussion and several presentations, experts from different sectors will discuss how tourism offers can be adapted to the different needs of holidaymakers with disabilities. Join us!

Registration and further information for interested visitors as well as an accessible PDF file with the programme can be found at www.germany.travel/tdbt.

We got to know Hans-Peter Matt in a seminar in the Black Forest region in Germany. He has been in a wheelchair since an accident thirty years ago - and knows, what he is talking about, when it comes to accessibility. As a visionary and cross-thinker, he works with his consulting office on design of solutions that are not only inclusive, but also economically and esthetically appealing. Matt's motto: “Accessibility is attractive for everyone!”

"Nature without Barriers” at the third regional conference of the InitiativeSozialraumInklusiv (ISI)

sceduled for the 29 September in Rostock, Germany: we will present our project and discuss together with other participants about barrier-free travel within the forum "Think Tank: Where is the journey going? A reality check". Join us! More about the conference (in German only) at dritte Regionalkonferenz ISI.

The 37th Congress for Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired on 03.08.2020 - 07.08.2020 in Marburg, Germany

From 03.08. to 07.08.2020 our project partner the German Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBSV) is at the 37th Congress for Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Marburg an der Lahn, Germany. DBSV presents the Nature without Barriers project. More about the event at: https://vbs2020.de/wp/.

This is the logo of the special competition "Social Nature - Nature for All". The UN Decade thus honours exemplary projects that combine nature and social issues. It shows a smiling woman hugging a tree.

"Nature without Barriers" becomes official project of the UN Decade on Biodiversity

Just in time for Europe Day on 9 May, the project "Nature without Barriers" receives the title as an official project of the UN Decade on Biodiversity in the special competition "Social Nature - Nature for All". The award has been handed over by Dr. Rüdiger Leidner, Member of the Board of Directors of the European Network on Accessible Tourism r.a.

With its special competition „Social Nature – Nature for all“, the UN Decade honours exemplary projects that connect nature and social issues. The awarded projects highlight the opportunities that nature and biological diversity hold for social cohesion.

To the awarding video with Dr. Rüdiger Leidner (in German): Laudatio

More on the UN-award and the winner-projects (in German and English): https://www.undekade-biologischevielfalt.de/

People with disabilities continuously accompany us in our project work as experts in their fields. In October 2019, our international project team went on a barrier detection trip to the Donau-Auen National Park near Vienna, Austria. For two hours all participants were allowed to explore a nature trail in a wheelchair or with the help of a blind cane. Under the guidance of the Austrian federal association of impaired people ÖZIV (Austria-wide Future-oriented Representation of Interests), we checked where barriers were hidden on the nature trail on the castle island in Orth. This nature trail will soon be redesigned to get barrier-free.

We spoke with Isabella Aigner and Peter Noflatscher working for ÖZIV ACCESS about the work of the ÖZIV, its current challenges and a new view on barriers.

The picture shows Lake Balaton in Hungary, which is one of the project areas of "Nature without Barriers". The sun is shining, many ships sail on the lake.
© By Line Kft

Save the Date: Nature without barriers at the 9th Day of Accessible Tourism at the ITB

planned for the 6 March 2020 at the CityCube Berlin, Germany, POSTPONED to 2021:

In a panel discussion and several presentations, experts from various sectors look into how tourism offers can be adapted to the various needs of disabled holidaymakers. Global Nature Fund presents the project Nature without Barriers and explains the special features of the barrier-free nature experience. Be a part of it!

More about the event at: here (in German)