education for Sustainable Development

As a nature conservation zoo, ESD is very important in our daily work. In addition to various formal zoo-educational offers, the project "Sustainable Agriculture in Tibet and Germany" was also created, which was funded by the scholarship program of the German Federal Environmental Foundation. "It shows impressively what future-oriented education can look like. The jury's vote honors the project because it clearly explains how people act sustainably," said Prof. Dr. Gerhard de Haan, chairman of the National Committee and the jury of the UN Decade in Germany.

With the comparison between Germany and Tibet, we would like to convey to our visitors knowledge on the following aspects:

  • Pets and agriculture 
  • Way of life and culture of the farmers
  • Poverty and wealth (material as well as ideal)
  • Climate, nature and the environment
  • Consumption and production
  • political conflicts and the resulting problems for the farmers

Because of the intercultural comparison of rural life in Tibet and Germany, the playground is unique. The importance of agrobiodiversity becomes clear in the areas of animal husbandry, breeding and conservation of old pet breeds.
Interdisciplinary knowledge can be experienced through the overlapping topics in many different ways. The handling of cattle and milk-based food in Germany and Tibet can be assessed and conclusions drawn for one's own life. On this basis, openness to the world is created, personal behavior is reflected and the consequences of one's own actions are recognized. As a result, changes in the sense of nature conservation and fair and sustainable action are conceivable and possible. Because in the end it becomes clear that every single person bears responsibility and can act in the sense of sustainability.

Further information as download:

ESD project - final report