Biodiversity and campsites in Germany

Sphere of activity
Information appropriate for target group on biodiversity for companies

ECOCAMPING e.V. (coordination)
Global Nature Fund (partner)
At least 30 German camping companies (implementation)
Stakeholder organisations from the camping industry in Germany

Camping involves an overnight stay in tents, caravans, motor homes or rented accommodation in scenically attractive, usually natural surroundings. Unspoilt nature, clean air and pure water are, for many campers, at least as important here as excellent toilet facilities, attractive leisure activities or the friendliness of the staff.

Many camping companies therefore commit to protecting the environment and nature and emphasise this commitment, for example, in their mission statement or in their publicity about national and international environment awards e.g. the ECOCAMPING Award or the European Ecolabel for campsites.

With the exception of individual corporate activities on a national level, the theme “biodiversity on campsites” has, up to now, not had much work done on it or even been established as an idea, despite the considerable potential this issue has not only in terms of how the facilities for each site are designed but for the opportunity it provides of raising awareness with the company, its guests, staff and partners.

The aim of the project is, then, to promote biodiversity on campsites in Germany by offering companies and their staff opportunities to receive advice and qualifications, by creating and consolidating habitats on the sites, by making guests aware of the issue of biodiversity and establishing a national cooperation network for sustainable biodiversity strategies on campsites.

The following steps and methods should be implemented in the project:

  1. A biodiversity check adapted for the camping industry is developed and tested based on experiences with checks from other industries.
  2. Up to 30 campsites are analysed with the biodiversity check adapted for the camping industry and receive documentation for this.
  3. The measures developed in the project are taken up by 15 campsites in their CSR action plans.
  4. “Biodiversity experience zones” are set up on 5 participating campsites.
  5. An industry-specific biodiversity programme, which can be implemented by the 220 German ECOCAMPING partner organisations and potentially other camping companies, is produced and tested by a further 10 organisations.
  6. Owners, tenants, staff and partner organisations from the participating campsites acquire skills in biodiversity with up to 100 people being qualified for this in three biodiversity workshops and at the on-site briefings.
  7. Contact people and other staff from the ECOCAMPING partner organisations are informed about the offer for biodiversity-related backing and are made aware of the issue through circular emails, newsletters, briefings etc.
  8. The camping guests at the participating sites are made aware of species protection, for example, through action days, nature themed breaks, themed gardens, wall charts, and nature trails. Information material that is appropriate for the target group is prepared and distributed.
  9. Lots of information and a whole range of leisure activities involving nature and species protection, or even other aspects of sustainability, is set up at 15 participating campsites.
  10. A cooperation network on the issue of “biodiversity on campsites” is set up and an exchange of experiences actively encouraged.

Project duration: May 2014 to May 2017


An ECOCAMPING e.V. project

Global Nature Fund

Project partner: Global Nature Fund (GNF)

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