When the ARENAS project was launched in 2005, there were no books in Uruguay that were available to environmental education teachers to teach children about the biodiversity of Uruguay's coastal regions. ARENAS tries to fill this gap and was written primarily for teachers, with the aim of teaching children about local, conservation-related topics.

It includes basic knowledge about the biosphere, biodiversity, ecology and ecosystems. In the various chapters, however, the coastal systems of Uruguay, the local flora/fauna and the local nature conservation problems are also dealt with. In addition, examples of practical exercises will be presented on the various topics. The ARENAS project was developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Education from Uruguay and local nature conservation associations and evaluated over the course of a year with teachers from numerous schools. The wishes and suggestions of the teachers were incorporated into the final version.

ARENAS is thus the first environmental education project in Uruguay that not only teaches the local connection to nature conservation, but is also available to teachers on the basis of practical experience in order to teach students the flora and fauna of the country. The aim of ARENAS is to spark children's interest in learning by understanding natural phenomena and to promote the understanding that nature is an important part of their lives.

Together with other companies, YAQU PACHA was not only a source of ideas but also a financier throughout the entire development process.

A total of 1,000 copies were printed, which were distributed free of charge to all teachers of schools in the coastal region of Uruguay.

Book title and PDF:
Proyecto ARENAS – Ecosistemas costeros uruguayos. Una guia para su conocimiento

Proyecto Arenas on the website of the Parliament of Uruguay

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