Simulation game for the Schatzküste
Development and Testing of a simulation game on biodiversity
The Federal Programm ‚Biologische Vielfalt’ promotes 30 projects in so called hotspots of biodiversity. One of these hotspots is located in Northern Mecklenburg- Hither Pomerania in the region Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft and Rostocker Heide (Hotspot 29). The joint project Schatz an der Küste with the Ostseestiftung as leading partner has a duration of six years and aims to reduce i.e. the conflicts of use between tourism, nature protection, agriculture and forestry and to enlighten both guests and locals about biodiversity in the region. One way of doing so is the simulation game "Schatz.Land.Küste" that will be developed throughout the project.
In the simulation game "Schatz.Land.Küste", the participants will take over the roles of interest groups from the region and will negotiate about different contentious issues that touch upon the use of the bodden waters and the bordering polder landscape. A special feature of the simulation game is that there will be two time lapses: one that has already passed and one of the present. This way, the consequences of political decisions and human activities will be elucidated. For a better clearness, a software will be developed and used that visualizes the consequences that decisions have on nature. The overarching learning objective ist to explain what biodiversity means and why it is important to all of us.
From the second half of the year onwards, we will test the simulation game with youngsters and young adults from the region. Additionally, we will conduct trainings to inform multipliers about the region and the implementation of the simulation game. At the end of the project, suitcases including material that is neccessary fort he simulation game will be available at different learning centers as well as collections of online material for the realisation of simulation games will be provided.
For questions concerning the project, please contact:
multipliers, trainers, educators and teachers
sensitize young people for biodiversity
experience the complex interests in the hotspot 29
understanding the consequences of political decisions and our actions
December 2017 bis December 2018
Naturschutzstiftung Deutsche Ostsee OSTSEESTIFTUNG