LIFE BACCATA environmental education reaches hospitalized children in León

The LIFE BACCATA project reaches the youngest children through the environmental education workshops being held in schools in León. As part of this action to disseminate information about the yew tree and the importance of its conservation, for the first time educational workshops will be given to children in the paediatric units of the hospitals of León y El Bierzo. Today, November 18, and Wednesday 20 the project will approach these special units to teach, raise awareness and entertain children about the yew trees and woods.
The development of these workshops in the health centers has been possible thanks to the disposition shown by the Pediatric Units and the facilities offered by the management of both centers.

This environmental education action is developed by the Cesefor Foundation to raise awareness on the project through the company Jurbial Servicios Ambientales, and directed by Noa González, an expert in environmental education and Doctor in Biology from the Doñana Biological Station.

In addition, LIFE BACCATA continues to reach the educational centers in the northern of the province of León. So far, workshops have been held in the schools of the Picos de Europa National Park, the Riaño and Mampodre Mountain Regional Park, the Central Mountain of León and some of the Alto Sil.

Soon they will be held in other centres in Ancares, El Bierzo and the Babia y Luna Natural Park. The objective is to reach the majority of the school population in the areas with a presence of yew trees with the premise of incorporating knowledge to the students of the importance of conserving and appreciating this botanical jewel.

The LIFE BACCATA project works for the conservation and restoration of the priority habitat of the yew tree, currently threatened and in regression, in fifteen sites of the Natura 2000 Network of the Cantabrian Mountain Range and belonging to Galicia, Castilla y León, and the Basque Country.

The LIFE BACCATA project, co-financed by the European Commission within the framework of the LIFE Call, is being developed between 2016 and 2020 in fifteen sites of the Natura 2000 Network in the Cantabrian Mountain Rang,  Galicia, Castilla y Leon, and the Basque Country. The University of Santiago de Compostela participates as coordinator of the project and the Region Castilla y León, Cesefor, Fundación Hazi and Grupo TRAGSA as partners.