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Hear the trees of Grumsin whisper

Today and tomorrow, the 5th and 6th November, our next Citizens Engagement Activity, in cooperation with Interreg Volunteer Youth, will take place in the Grumsin forest, Germany.

During the event, we will take students of the nearby Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and other interested locals to one of the most valuable forests in Germany. The Grumsin beech forest is part of the UNESCO world heritage ‘Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe’. During an excursion and workshop, the participants will get to know this unique forest. In addition, representatives of BEECH POWER and other Interreg projects will be present to inform participants about European Cohesion Policy. They will show that cooperation on a regional and local level is crucial to protect this forest for the future. Hence, bringing together representatives of projects and students will raise awareness for this necessity.

Cross-border cooperation helps humans and wildlife

Eberswalde and Grumsin are situated in the north-eastern corner of Germany. The surrounding state of Brandenburg is struggling to get on its feet economically, even 30 years after the re-unification of Germany. Therefore, the European Cohesion Policy is trying to close the gap to other regions in Germany. Especially bordering Poland, a big chance for the region is cross-border cooperation to improve lifes in both countries.

One of the areas, in which massive potential is still untapped, is ecotourism. With animals like wolf, moose and bison returning to the area from Poland, East Germany is getting wilder again and can become a destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

In Whispering of the trees we invite students to workshops and a field trip into one of the most valuable UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany, the Grumsin forest. Participants will delve deep into how to open all their senses and be present in nature and how to develop a story based upon personal impressions in this ancient forest.

Helena Hieke
Organizer, IVY volunteer at the European Wilderness Society

The event starts with an introduction evening tonight (5th November) including a film screening and free dinner.

Afterwards, on the second day is going to consist of an excursion to the UNESCO world heritage Grumsin Beech Forest. Part of the excursion will be a workshop about story telling. Its participants will use all their senses to experience the forest and turn this experience into a story.

Tuesday 5th of November 2019

  • 16:00-16:30 Wilderness movie, Mensa Eberswalde University
  • 16:30-18:00 Free dinner + presentations, Mensa Eberswalde University

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

  • 09:00 Departure from bus stop Waldcampus, Eberswalde
  • 09:45 Meeting at Altkünkendorf for Field workshop
  • 14:00 Departure back to Eberswalde for finalising works
  • 16:00 Final words and closing of event

Everybody is welcome!

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