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Peterborough sets agenda for 'sustainable future' seminar


The Peterborough area's reputation for carrying out leading-edge work in promoting environmental sustainability for the benefit of future generations will be examined by more than 150 education specialists from the UK and overseas next January.

The city has been selected to host the 33rd annual conference of the National Association of Field Studies Officers (NAFSO) who spearhead environmental education and field studies work for schools and colleges throughout the UK.

NAFSO chairman Rosie Edwards, who is also head of the Cambridgeshire Environmental Education Service, said: "As one of the UK's four Environment Cities, Peterborough has an excellent reputation for the enormous amount of work being done on environmental sustainability.

"This NAFSO conference is designed to help field studies officers make a positive response to the growing national concern over the twin issues of raising educational achievement and promoting a sustainable future.

"Field studies officers have a unique role in being able to make a valuable contribution towards achieving both of these goals through the education they provide for the up-coming generation."

The three-day conference, being held at the Swallow Hotel in Peterborough on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 3, 4 and 5 January, includes a mixture of presentations, seminars, workshops and a wide selection of environmental activities.

The final day will feature presentations from high-ranking government officials. Jacqui Smith MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, will discuss the government's agenda for sustainable development education; and Diane Simmonds, senior education adviser in the Standards and Effectiveness Unit at the Department for Education and Employment, will talk about raising achievement through field studies.

Among the environmental activities available to delegates will be a tour of Peterborough's 11 million Millennium Green Wheel cycle route; visits to Rutland Water, Barnwell country park, Grafham Water, Stibbington Eco-Centre, Ferry Meadows, a proposed 700-hectare wetland site at Needingworth, sites of geological importance and environmental projects at local primary schools.

In keeping with the conference's environmental theme, delegates are being encouraged to travel to Peterborough by train and cycle from the station to the hotel.

The conference is being supported by a wide range of national and local organisations, including the Environment Agency, National Grid, Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, Peterborough Environment City Trust, the Department for Education and Employment, Council for Environmental Education, Perkins Engines, Anglian Water, Posford Duvivier and many wildlife and environmental organisations.

July 2000

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