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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

The Nature House awaits you in Espoo

August 22, 2007

The Nature House Villa Elfvik in Espoo (Finland) is an environmental education center that provides activities and information for all residents.

Open to the public practically every day of the year, the House provides a wide range of information on nature and the environment to help visitors become aware of their responsibility for the future of the environment.

It also serves as a nature school for schools in Espoo, where classes can come for a whole day for field studies, and teachers and day care staff can get further environmental education.

Located on the Laajalahti Nature Reserve, the House also includes a nature path and a bird watching tower, the Laajalahti Nature Reserve being one of the best areas for studying water fowl in southern Finland.  The area was put under protection to preserve places for water fowl to nest and rest.  To ensure this, bird watchers are asked to keep to the paths and be careful not to harm animals or plants.

Because local government is tasked with service provision and ensuring that social and economic development needs within the carrying capacity of the biological resource base, local government is an important manager of global biodiversity. ICLEI has established the Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) project to explore the best ways for local governments to engage in effective biodiversity protection, utilization and management. For more information on LAB, please visit www.iclei.org/biodiversity.

Espoo is one of 16 local governments in Finland that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Europe, please visit www.iclei.org/europe.

Source:  “The Nature House Villa Elfvik”, City of Espoo at http://english.espoo.fi.

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