Who we are ...

NABU is the leading member based organisation for nature conservation in Germany with more than 30,000 volunteers in 1,500 local groups. Around 5,000 private nature reserves with a total area of approximately 100,000 hectares are in ownership of the organisation. Most of them are still located in the still socially and economically disadvantaged eastern part of Germany (mainly in Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania). In accordance with NABU's 110 years of tradition in nature conservation these sites are mainly managed by self-educated volunteers. So until now it was an exception if these volunteers got trained for the job.

In 2009 NABU started a pilot project to recruit new wardens and to give them the chance to participate in a certified vocational training (70 hours) which enables them to become leaders of volunteer warden teams. The regular team members then get trained by peer learning.

In the project, NABU shared its know-how and experience in the development of the educational concepts for training courses, the realisation of such courses (vocational and peer learning) and the implementation of a certificate with the other organisations involved.



NABU – Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V.
Charitéstraße 3
10117 Berlin
Tel. ++49 30-28 49 84-0
Fax ++49 30-28 49 84-20 00
Email: NABU@NABU.de

The project was funded from a Leonardo da Vinci grant.
The project started in 2010 and was finished in 2012.