VU Regreening research exhibited at the Museon
The VU research on Regreening features in the new permanent exhibition of the Museon in The Hague. The exhibition interactively visualizes the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. As content partner of the Museon, the W4RA programme of VU has contributed ideas, visuals and texts for the exposition related to SDG No. 15, entitled Plant in het Zand – Regreening.
W4RA is the Web alliance for Regreening in Africa. It is a community-service research and education programme at VU Amsterdam, established as an interdisciplinary collaboration of the Network Institute, VU Informatics Department, the International Office – CIS-VU, and other parties. It supports information, communication, and knowledge sharing activities concerning Regreening in the West Africa Sahel countries (Mali, Burkina Faso, northern Ghana). It does so by R&D to field deploy local ICT web and mobile app innovations, and by associated PhD research, master student projects, Network Institute Academy assistants, and an ICT4D (ICT for Development) master-level course.
Museon is the interactive museum for culture and science in The Hague, dedicated in particular to 6-12 year old school children and their parents. It attracts over 200,000 visitors every year. On 29 October 2016, the Museon opens its new permanent exhibition One Planet for the public. The United Nations have formulated 17 Sustainable Development Goals as solutions to tackle the greatest global challenges such as poverty, inequality and climate change. The Museon has used these 17 goals as the starting point for its new permanent exhibition. One Planet is an exciting and fun-filled educational exhibition for the whole family with many interactive elements offering visitors an entertaining way to find out how one can work together to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for the planet.
Booth No. 15 entitled Plant in het Zand – Regreening is dedicated to SDG goal 15, Life on Land. Land degradation and desertification are increasing due to both natural and human causes, including climate change and population pressures. Areas can no longer meet the needs of their populations, with famine and poverty as a result. There are various solutions, but regreening – the natural (re)generation and protection of trees by local farmers themselves – is a highly successful one. Belts of trees act as windbreaks, helping to stop soil blowing away, keeping it moist for longer, and providing a micro-climate that is better for people, animals and plants. Trees also provide food and many other economically useful products. W4RA has contributed ideas, visuals and texts for this part of the Museon exhibition.