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Modern ecological education center in a historic building

Organisation: Fundacja Instytut na rzecz Ekorozwoju Website: Added: October 03, 2023
Project start date: August 30, 2018
Project end date: June 30, 2020


The Center for Ecological Education "Arka" (CEE ARKA) operates in the complex of the Agricultural and General Education School in Żywiec. As part of the project, the area along the Moszczanka stream valley was rehabilitated - the degraded area of about 7 hectares was cleaned, invasive plants were removed, trees, shrubs and melliferous plants were planted, bird nesting boxes and insect shelters were installed. The historic stables building from 1907 named "Under the Horse's Head" on the property was modernized and transformed into a modern environmental education center that is accessible to people with disabilities. Educational and sensory trails have been created around the building to enable outdoor activities. The main thematic lines of CEE ARKA's activities are: bees; herbs and honey plants; ecology and the environment; waste separation and recycling. The opening of CEE ARKA took place in September 2020.

Financial data

The value of the project is PLN 4 823135,21 (about EUR 1 131 739,73), with EU funding amounting to PLN 3 921316,68 (about EUR 920 129,69)


Through the modernization of the historic site and the surrounding area, the project combines the need for modern environmental education with the protection of cultural heritage and sustainable use of natural assets. All construction work was carried out under strict conservation supervision using materials and methods approved by the Historic Preservation Office.

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European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.