Multimedia Environment Information Centre for Children to Open in Zagreb

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Croatian Environment Agency will get a new information centre.

The project of the Croatian Environment Agency has the goal to provide education in the field of environmental protection, climate change, nature and biodiversity protection, and sustainable development.

The project, worth 270,000 euros, will result next year with a concept for the information centre of the Croatian Environment Agency. The centre itself will be primarily focused on pre-school and school age children, but it will also serve all interested visitors regardless of their age. It will present biodiversity which exists in Croatia, dangers that threaten us as a consequence of climate change and lack of care for the environment, but also the potential that Croatia has in the field of sustainable development.

The concept of the future information centre is being developed by a consortium of five companies which are among the best in their sectors (Span, Novena, Ekonerg, IMAGINATION: FIRST and Manjgura), while the project itself will be designed similar to the current leading examples in other countries (Experimentarium in Denmark, Nemo Science Museum in the Netherlands, and Deutsches Museum: Environment in Germany).

The information centre will be a modular space made up of several rooms, each with a separate theme. The idea is to provide visitors with a first-hand unusual experience, such as a very strong earthquake or an illustration of their own carbon footprint.

A special feature of the future information centre will be its mobile component (“virtual museum”). Thanks to the use of the latest technologies, representatives of the Croatian Environment Agency will visit kindergartens and schools all over the country and present to the students some of the contents of the information centre, which will be located in Zagreb.

The project worth 270,000 euros (including the 10 percent national participation share) is being implemented on the basis of a service provision contract within the Transition Facility programme of the European Union for Croatia. The implementation itself will last for 12 months, until January 2018.

During the implementation period, the contractors and experts will prepare the presentation and educational programme of the future information centre, develop appropriate educational applications from the relevant topics, and define presentation techniques using state of the art presentation tools, equipment and technology. With the application of such technologies, the information centre will be a step forward in the current practice of interpretation of these topics.

In addition to schoolchildren, the project will be of interest for tourist tours, since it is one of few, if not the only, such projects in the region.


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