At Vienna International School (VIS) the project "Building Eco-Bridges" is aiming to support the biodiversity near school.
Due to the fact that urban pollinators are in decline, it is a first step to develop a small area at school to support urban pollinators and engage with neighbor schools to develop "Eco Bridges" in support of the living organisms near schools.
The idea is that each school that participate will plant or develop a small pollinator garden patch at school. The aim is to protect biodiversity and support local urban pollinators. Plants should be local to the area and preferably perennials. Once the patch is settled, the second step is to identify the pollinators that visit the plants, and develop a chart that could be shared among students of the same school or in the same location, promoting the development of patches for pollinators in any home of the students. Monitoring of the patches at VIS have provided evidence that diverse pollinators, mainly insects are provided with nectar.
In this project, at VIS around 45 students are directly involved. As the new schools are joining, the numbers will be increasing, but are not jet recorded. However, an estimate number of 200 students is expected. An important output of the project at VIS has been the understanding of pollinators and their relationship with food crops has been a driving force to support them.
Students have learn the relationship between soil-water-pollinators and food production. They are aware of the need to protect them. Students find this to be an action they can implement even at home, they develop investigation skills, learn to create correlations between topics and the impacts one action may have on another thing. They learn to find cycles in nature that are relevant, like the role of decomposers in soil production, the water cycle and effect of pollution, and the requirements for food production.