Geoheritage and climate change opening the secrets of home

2 Participating countries:
Start: 01-09-2015 - End: 31-08-2018
Project Reference: 2015-1-FI01-KA201-009038
EC Grant: 198500 EUR

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for school education


Climate changes have both social and economic consequences and impacts on geodiversity. The project will support high school teaching that will lead to improvements both in the perception of climate and environment changes in Europe and in the appraisal of geoheritage.
The main objectives of the project are developing basic and transversal skills using innovative methods, enhancing digital integration in learning, teaching, training and youth work at various levels and strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation. The main goal is to understand climate change as a multidimensional phenomenon and to recognise both the natural and the human induced aspects of it. The main objective is to utilize the unique geoheritage of the Geopark areas for studying the climate change. The project will reveal the local "secret" values for the students and strengthen the understanding of the geological and human history of their home region and their roots.
The participants are Vaala Municipality/Vaalan kunnan sivistyspalvelut (the coordinator), Vaala Upper Secondary School/Vaalan lukio, Humanpolis Ltd/Rokua Geopark, Verbania City/Provincia del Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, I.I.S. Lorenzo Cobianchi/Vocational and Technical School and the University of Turin/Universita Tegli Studi di Torino. The other organizations that are involved in the project are the University of Oulu (the Department of Geography), Geological Survey of Finland/GTK, LIFEPeatland Use-project coordinated by Natural Resources Institute Finland and Parks and Wildlife of Finland/Metsähallitus, EGN and GGN.
In three years short-term exhanges (7 days) for the groups of pupils (16 students from Vaala, 22 students from Verbania, 4 teachers and professionals) are established every term.
The participants in the exchanges will be students and teachers of the project schools and professionals from the partnership organizations (Rokua Geopark, Sesia Val Grande Geopark and the University of Torino).
The purpose of the project is to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of sustainable development by studying and researching climate change in an international context and special context, such as the one offered by Geoparks. Climate change as a phenomenon is difficult for many students to understand, even if it deeply affects their everyday life.
Transnational exchanges and visits in different geomorfological and cultural environments deepen the fundamental understanding of the climate change, both in a local and global perspective. Transnational exchanges also enable to collect scientifically relevant data series and implement and practice wider range of learning and research methods. Rokua Geopark and Sesia Val Grande Geopark offer two very different but pedagogically outstanding environments to study and explore the climate change. The profit of these two areas is the unique geological and cultural heritage which create a natural laboratory for investigating long and short term climate change as well as for discussing about the effects of climate change for nature and culture.
International exchanges with the hosting of pupils in the families and the cooperation by modern technology support language learning, and strengthen language, learning and social skills. To know other cultures better also assists to understand oneself better, which is one of the key factors for socially sustainable development.
Results benefiting the students:
Learning of research methods (ia. dendrochronological methods, species identification methods, soil profile measurement, climate data analysis, digital modelling, GIS based field exercise methods, peat analysis and mire drilling, archeological methods, georesources exploitation, glaciers retreat study). Among the concepts explored in order to get new knowledge: plate tectonics and Alpine orogenesis, geological time, geomorphology, volcanism, rocks, georesources and local culture.
After the end of the EU funding, the international cooperation between schools and geoparks will continue. The approach of integrated teaching, the curriculum at school, and the educational materials will be maintained. After the project they can be used freely and we hope that we can go on with the project in the future, enlarging the number of the participating countries.


Results for this project are not yet available. They might become available after the project's end date.


Vaalan kunnan sivistyspalvelut

Vaalantie 14, 91700

Organisation type: Local Public body


Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – General education (secondary level)
Humanpolis Oy
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise
Organisation type: Local Public body
Vaalan lukio
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – General education (secondary level)


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