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Heritage Interpretation

Natural and cultural interpretation (also called heritage interpretation) is a non-formal educational approach towards protected areas, monuments, museums and historically important places. It is used for guided tours, theme and adventure trails, as well as in exhibitions, visitor centers and museums - anywhere where places, objects and phenomena can be directly experienced. Interpreters animate visitors to explore how the natural and cultural heritage, from different perspectives, is meaningful. Often these subjects give food for thought to questions of the present and the design of the future.
Freiburg geographers deal with questions of the theoretical foundation of interpretive approaches and their potential for lifelong learning, for example to overcome stereotypes and clichés. A guiding question is how multi-perspective interpretation can contribute to social cohesion in culturally diverse societies. In research and development projects, we develop and test quality criteria for practical application. Fields of application are education for sustainable development, quality improvements in the field of environmentally and socially sustainable tourism, and sensitizing people for nature conservation and heritage protection.

Research Interests related to Heritage Interpretation

  • NATOUR: Entwicklung eines Weiterbildungsmasters "Ecotourism and Nature Guiding"
    Project Manager
    Glaser R, Nethe M, Chatel A
    Start/End of Project
    01.03.2021 until 01.03.2024
    Das NATOUR-Projekt geht auf die Bedürfnisse, den Tourismus in brasilianischen, kolumbianischen und chilenischen Ländern auf nachhaltige Weise zu managen und umzusetzen ein, indem ein gemeinsames Studienprogramm für Ökotourismus und Naturführung entwickelt und umgesetzt wird. Die Entwicklung eines solchen Programms durch einzelne Hochschuleinrichtungen führt zu einem hohen Maß an Übernahme von etablierten Praktiken und vorhandenem Wissen im Bereich des Ökotourismus und Heritage Interpretation. Die Arbeitsgruppe Heritage Interpretation ist federführend in der Modulausarbeitung des "Natur Guiding" und steht für die "Qualitiy Assurance" der Studiengangentwicklung.
    Contact Person
    Nethe M, , Chatel A
    Phone: 0761 203-9129