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4BsHive - Collaborational Green Mapping across Europe

The '4BsHive' is a transnational project between four river cities: Bristol (UK), Berlin (Germany), Budapest (Hungary) and Bistrita (Romania). The project set in motion a collaborative, green map-making process within and among these four European partners:

The 4BsHive project started right after a Grundtvig Preparatory Visit in early 2009. After two years of numerous adult learners mobilities and green mapping workshops, the 4BsHive project ended in July 2011. You may learn about all common and local results at the European Shared Treasure database.

One of our greatest result is a documentary video, which highlights scenes from the study visits and the workshops in each of the cities involved. We also created an electronic booklet entitled “The 4Bs’ Green Mapping Guide” (find the Chinese edition here!)

A Green Map is a locally-made map that uses the internationally standardized set of icons from Green Map System organization from New York to highlight the ecological, social, cultural, and sustainable resources of a particular geographic area. Green Mapmaking is about exploration, discovery, sharing and supporting these resources.

It involved the creation and improvement of online maps in all 4 cities as well as a paper map in Budapest. You can find these maps under:

All 57 adult learners (16 from Bristol, 16 from Budapest, 6 from Berlin and 19 from Bistrita) were recruited and visited Partner cities on Study Visits (mobilities). A more considerable number of adult learners were involved taking into account local learners not travelling on mobilities. The adult learners were partly from disadvantaged and under-represented social groups including older people, those without basic qualifications and unemployed people. In this informal adult education programme, the participants had the opportunity to learn and practice Green Mapmaking using a variety of methods. These included: online geographical information system (GIS), web mapping using Open Green Map platform, gaining new ICT skills such as blog writing, the skillful use of everyday multimedia tools like mobile phones, the utilization of free multimedia applications on the internet; and learning more about sustainability issues and active citizenship.

The programme included one preparatory meeting, four international Study Visits hosted by each of the partners, one final evaluation meeting, and locally held workshops. The process included photography, film-making, audio recording and editing as well as storytelling, thematic city tours (on foot, biking, by bus or boat), and other cultural activities. In the Study Visits, Adult Learners were able to exchange personal experiences and learn about other European communities and what differences and similarities they have with other Europeans.

Beyond the educational process, the main outcomes of the project are the 4BsHive blog written in a collaborative manner, a film documentary on the project as well as an electronic booklet entitled “The 4Bs’ Green Mapping Guide”.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. EU Lifelong Learning Programme