We want to digitally process information that regulates interaction with nature and make it freely available as open data. This is an important prerequisite for establishing information on proper conduct whilst in nature and the outdoors.
The association has no financial goals. It will operate as a charity.
Outdoor activities are proving to be very popular, with more and more people being drawn to nature. Various online portals are providing digital information on routes and opportunities for experience and people are then using these trails for a variety of different activities. Conflicts arise when suggested routes are not compatible with existing regulations such as, for example, nature conservation.
The need for action became clear during the course of three round tables organized by BTE and Outdooractive. Data is required that represents both information on conservation and its legal foundations. This data must be structured in a geo-referenced form, compiled in a machine-readable manner, digitized and processed. This Open Data this could then be made available across all internet portals as a means of distributing it to users.
The task of making all this digital information available in the future will be taken over by our non-profit association. The aim is to create common standards whilst establishing partnerships with DMOs and protected areas to compile the urgently needed data. A full-time position was created for this purpose from 01.05.2020. The association is to be financed through membership fees, donations and funding, with Outdooractive also donating 1% of its earnings from its Pro / Pro+ memberships. Additional sponsorship should be created through participation in the „One Percent for the Planet“ initiative.
The five key aims of the organisation are
1. Examine Regulatory Frameworks:
Which framework is created by the EU, the national government and the federal states?
- What are the differences between administrative units?
- How is legislation organised?
2. Define a Format:
- How should the data be structured?
- How detailed should the data be?
- The first regulations and laws will be collected and structured
3. Producing Data:
- How can the data best be compiled and managed in the future?
- What are the user requirements?
4. Data Distribution
Provide free to use data and ensure that it is published on the „right“ channels.
- Which format?
- Which interfaces?
- Type of documentation
- How do we motivate popular platforms to use the data set?
5. Educate the Public:
Informing experts and the public press about our standard, the problems we solve, the data provided and its possible uses.
We would like to:
- Identify the specific problems experienced locally/regionally
- Find and present solutions together with all stakeholders
- Present our work and contribution
- Explain its benefits and applications
The first model regions
„The pressure of tourism on our natural and cultivated landscape has intensified in recent years. We see a large part of the future of visitor management in the digital domain. In addition to the rangers‘ work in the field, they are also on the Internet as „digital rangers“. Publishing information on protected areas in all of the tour portals would be a great help for us!“
„Many people come to the Bavarian Forest National Park to discover wild nature. However, rules for visitors are needed to ensure the harmonious coexistence of recreational use and effective nature conservation. These rules must be distributed through various channels and digital media play an important role nowadays. The digitalization of rules, regulations, decrees and their distribution as open data is important to reach as many visitors as possible and to raise awareness for the special characteristics of the national park“.
With 3 million visitors per year, the Sächsische Schweiz National Park is one of the large-scale protected areas in Germany with the highest visitor pressure.
Only when all guests are informed about and follow the regulations can we continue to fulfill the protective purpose of the national park, „Let nature be nature“ and preserve the beauty of our unique rocky landscape with its unique flora and fauna for future generations.