Istituto Pangea Onlus – Italy
Pangea Institute: environmental education, interpretation and training
Founded in 1992, the Pangea Institute is an Italian non-governmental organization specialized in environmental education, interpretation and training.
Its mission is to improve the quality of parks’ management through heritage interpretation, education and vocational training programmes, designed mainly for protected areas staff, but also environmental awareness for a wide range of social actors, including public administrators, civil servants, schoolteachers, educators, interpreters, schoolchildren, families.
Based in the Circeo National Park, Pangea works on behalf of public institutions such as Italian Ministries, Protected Areas Authorities, Local Governments and Schools and has been recognised as an official training institution for schoolteachers.
In 22 years of activity, the Institute has carried out almost 60 courses for park rangers, regional and national parks directors, National Forest Corps officers and guards, park interpreters, and courses on Environmental Education for more than 7000 schoolteachers.
Voting member of IUCN since 1997, Pangea has been promoter or leading partner of several international projects funded by the EU, the World Bank and others and, more recently, has contributed to the creation of Interpret Europe, the Association for Heritage Interpretation.
At present, the Institute is partner of two EU funded projects (InHerit and HeriQ) for establishing quality standards for heritage interpretation and for promoting an official recognition of the profession in Europe.
In Italy, the Pangea Institute has important agreements with the Italian Federation of Parks and Protected Areas (also Italian Section of Europarc Federation), the Roffredo Caetani Foundation, the Consortium of Universities CURSA, the National Association of Environmental Guides.
Istituto Pangea Onlus
Dr. Rita De Stefano