CoDeS Case Stange Municipality in Norway
Children’s tracks-collaboration between schools and local authorities for sustainable land use planning
The legislated Planning and Building Act in Norway put a priority on children’s interests in local and regional land use planning. “Children’s tracks” is a collaborative method between schools and local authorities in the municipality. The aim is to actively implement children’s right to participate in local land use planning. The collaboration is initiated by the planning department and proceeds through the establishment of a working group with relevant stakeholders. Pupils are invited to report and document how they use their local surroundings. Information is gathered using map drawings and questionnaires detailing experiences and views. The work of the students is presented for local administration, the youth council and local politicians for active use in the planning process. “Children’s tracks” in the region of Mjøsa has resulted in more sustainable land use. The method has strengthened both the local democracy in the region, and the schools’ role as stakeholders for sustainable development in the community. This work shop will present experiences with the method in the region of Mjøsa. Both the system and outcomes of the collaboration will be reflected upon. In addition we will discuss the use of ICT for registering children’s tracks.
Norwegian Centre for Science Education, University of Oslo, Norway