Personell and info

1. Key contributors

The Gardarsholm Project will become a world centre for environmental discussion and research, linking national and international learning institutions, by:

  • Supporting debate, innovation and research
  • Hosting lectures, seminars and debate forums
  • Offering training and practice for nature guides
  • Providing a unique, cross-disciplinary perspective

The following leaders in environmental regeneration are key to the development of the Gardarsholm Project:

  • University of Iceland, Institute for Sustainability Studies
  • National Museums of Iceland
  • Soil Conservation Service of Iceland
  • Agricultural University of Iceland, Faculty of Environmental Sciences
  • United Nations University, Land Restoration Training Programme, Iceland
  • Institute of Archaeology, Iceland
  • Icelandic Forest Service
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre
  • The Swedish National Heritage Board
  • The Museum of National Antiquities in Sweden
  • The Question of Resilience, Institute for Anthropology, University of Copenhagen

Generously declared patrons of the Gardarsholm Project are:

  • HM Karl Gustav XVI, King of Sweden
  • HE Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland

2. Key beneficiaries

The most important beneficiaries are our future generations. The decisions and actions we take now will shape the world we want our children to live in.

The Gardarsholm Project´s immediate beneficaries are international and national visitors of all ages and education. For all groups, the core message — that positive change is needed and achievable — is reached in the following ways:

Foreign tourists

  • Renewed perception of Iceland
  • Solidarity in shared environmental understanding and goals
  • Challenge the commonly held belief that Iceland is ‘prisitine and untouched’

Academics and scientists

  • A shared environment for knowledge and expertise
  • Residential nature guide trainees

Local and national

  • Pride in local heritage
  • Understanding positive futures and the steps to take in their realisation
  • Present a positive alternative to current uncertainty

Schools

  • Links between schools
  • Becoming a much-needed alternative activity centre in an under-populated area
  • Presenting exciting areas of interest and contacts for further study
  • Provide a living laboratory for strengthening environmental literacy and citizen science

3. Gardarsholm project base

Site and thematic placement

The Gardarsholm Project’s centre is ideally located at the heart of Husavik, a moment’s walk from the harbour and with views across the whale-frequented waters to the mountains.

Here, the core educational themes are placed in the site’s plan. They are conceived as a series of steps that inform, entertain and empower visitors.

At each side are the Gardarsholm Project’s two core perspectives — the past and present. They are interlocked by a central zone that focuses visitors on the

Project’s central aim — visualising the future.

Seizing upon visitors’ excitement for change, the final zone impels them to go outside, explore the landscape and become involved in its nurture

4. PHASES AND NEXT STEPS

PHASE 1 — 2011

The Gardarsholm Project launch

— Temporary exhibition to coincide with Sail Husavik

PHASE 2 — 2013

The Gardarsholm Project headquarters opens

— Visitor centre and permanent exhibition

PHASE 3 — 2014

The Gardarsholm International Project launches

— Accommodation, conferencing and research facilities The Gardarsholm Project

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Personell and info

The Gardarsholm Project will become a world centre for environmental discussion and research, linking national and international learning institutions by:

  • Supporting debate, innovation and research
  • Hosting lectures, seminars and debate forums
  • Offering training and practice for nature guides
  • Providing a unique, cross-disciplinary perspective

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