Background

The Presidential Estate of Castelporziano is located 25 Km out of the centre of Rome, includes a surface of 59 sq km (5,892 hectares) and extends to the Roman coastline, including approximately 3.1 Km of uncontaminated beaches. Castelporziano englobes most of the coastal ecosystems typical of the Mediterranean and is therefore very important from the biological and ecosystemic point of view. A great variety of vegetation is matched by a correspondingly large variety of wildlife species.

Castelporziano is known among scientists as a unique area of naturalistic value due to the high level of biodiversity, complex forest systems, a wealth of 1082 plant species and of a total of 2918 large animal and bird populations, in addition to the presence of natural pools of water and roughly 162 temporary and permanent wetland areas.

This game takes you through the estate exploring it and traveling into its past and its history; focusing on its artistic and cultural aspects; and visiting its reserve to discover the ecological and biodiversity heritage it safeguards.

 

Learning Objectives

It is expected that, by the end of the game, participants will be better positioned to:

1. Summarize the main aspects of the Presidential Estate of Castelporziano; 

2. Illustrate the artistic, historical, cultural and naturalistic value of Castelporziano; 

3. Present the great diversity of animal and vegetable species of the reserve. 

 

Contents and Structure

To complete the game, you have to reach three objectives that run as themes through the Presidential Estate:

1. exploring it, traveling into its past and its history;

2. focusing on its artistic and cultural aspects;

3. visiting the reserve to discover the ecological and biodiversity heritage it safeguards.

 

Target Audience

This game is intended for all age groups. 

 

Production

LifeWatch Italy

Background

The Presidential Estate of Castelporziano is located 25 Km out of the centre of Rome, includes a surface of 59 sq km (5,892 hectares) and extends to the Roman coastline, including approximately 3.1 Km of uncontaminated beaches. Castelporziano englobes most of the coastal ecosystems typical of the Mediterranean and is therefore very important from the biological and ecosystemic point of view. A great variety of vegetation is matched by a correspondingly large variety of wildlife species.

Castelporziano is known among scientists as a unique area of naturalistic value due to the high level of biodiversity, complex forest systems, a wealth of 1082 plant species and of a total of 2918 large animal and bird populations, in addition to the presence of natural pools of water and roughly 162 temporary and permanent wetland areas.

The game provides a guide to exploring the distinctive ecosystems of Castelporziano, focusing on the characteristic aspects of the dune ecosystems, describing the plants and animals that populate them, and then reaching the wooded ecosystem and pastures of the estate, and investigating the animal and plant diversity of these places.

 

Learning Objectives

It is expected that, by the end of the game, participants will be better positioned to:

1. Summarize the different types of ecosystems in Castelporziano; 

2. Present the characteristics of the sand dune ecosystem (with its plants and animals) in Castelporziano; 

3. Illustrate the animal and vegetable diversity of woods and open fields in Castelporziano.

 

Contents and Structure

To complete the game, you have to reach three objectives that run as themes through the Presidential Estate:

1. The ecosystems in Castelporziano: let’s join hands and go and get to know them;

2. Walk along the dunes in Castelporziano: let’s get to know them so we can love and respect them;

3. Exploring the woods and fields in Castelporziano: let’s discover all the animal and vegetable diversity in these places.

 

Target Audience

This game is intended for children aged six to ten.

 

Production

LifeWatch Italy

Background

The Presidential Estate of Castelporziano is located 25 Km out of the centre of Rome, includes a surface of 59 sq km (5,892 hectares) and extends to the Roman coastline, including approximately 3.1 Km of uncontaminated beaches. Castelporziano englobes most of the coastal ecosystems typical of the Mediterranean and is therefore very important from the biological and ecosystemic point of view. A great variety of vegetation is matched by a correspondingly large variety of wildlife species.

Castelporziano is known among scientists as a unique area of naturalistic value due to the high level of biodiversity, complex forest systems, a wealth of 1082 plant species and of a total of 2918 large animal and bird populations, in addition to the presence of natural pools of water and roughly 162 temporary and permanent wetland areas.

This game focuses on the management and conservation of resources at the Presidential Estate of Castelporziano, through an overview on habitats and species of high naturalistic value that populate the estate, including some endangered species. It also examine the EU laws aimed at the protection of ecosystems.

 

Learning Objectives

It is expected that, by the end of the game, participants will be better positioned to:

1. Illustrate actions aimed at the management and conservation of resources at the Presidential Estate of Castelporziano;

2. Present habitats and species of high naturalistic value and endangered species of the Estate;

3. Discuss the legislative measures at the European level for the protection of ecosystems.

 

Contents and Structure

To complete the game, you have to reach three objectives that run as themes through the Presidential Estate:

1. At the European level, there are various legal instruments that provide for the protection of ecosystems, deepen your knowledge;

2. Castelporziano includes habitats and species of great naturalistic value, learn more about their management and conservation;

3. Castelporziano has a great wealth of fauna and flora, deepen your knowledge on the species that call the estate home and which are considered endangered species.

 

Target Audience

This game is intended for students aged from ten to thirteen.


Production 

LifeWatch Italy

Background

The Presidential Estate of Castelporziano is located 25 Km out of the centre of Rome, includes a surface of 59 sq km (5,892 hectares) and extends to the Roman coastline, including approximately 3.1 Km of uncontaminated beaches. Castelporziano englobes most of the coastal ecosystems typical of the Mediterranean and is therefore very important from the biological and ecosystemic point of view. A great variety of vegetation is matched by a correspondingly large variety of wildlife species.

Castelporziano is known among scientists as a unique area of naturalistic value due to the high level of biodiversity, complex forest systems, a wealth of 1082 plant species and of a total of 2918 large animal and bird populations, in addition to the presence of natural pools of water and roughly 162 temporary and permanent wetland areas.

Playing with Ecology in Castelporziano you you will explore the ecosystems and species that inhabit them, digging down into the factors that influence their distribution. You will discover the biodiversity heritage of Castelporziano, and why it requires constant monitoring and conscientious conservation.

 

Learning Objectives

It is expected that, by the end of the game, participants will be better positioned to:

1. Discuss the specific characteristics of the ecosystems in Castelporziano and why they provide habitats for some species of high ecological interest;

2. Examine the factors that influence the distribution of animal species in Castelporziano and the interactions between species;

3. Illustrate the constant monitoring and conservation measures required to preserve the enormous heritage of biodiversity of Castelporziano.

 

Contents and Structure

To complete the game, you have to reach three objectives that run as themes through the Presidential Estate:

1. Species and ecosystems in Castelporziano; discover how much you know;

2. Space and territory for animal species; learn more with some examples;

3. Management and conservation of biodiversity; explore and learn.

 

Target Audience

This game is intended for players between fourteen and eighteen years of age.

 

Production

LifeWatch Italy

Background

The European eel is one of the most mysterious species of fish in the world. Their migration and spawning life cycles are one of nature's greatest unsolved mysteries. After growing in freshwater and coastal ecosystems in Europe, eels travel back over the Atlantic to the Sargasso Sea to spawn and die. This epic migration is hampered however, due to numerous obstacles blocking their journey. Commercial fishing, pumping plants, dams, weirs, hydropower stations and habitat pollution pose the biggest threat to the eel survival. This is attributing to the 98% decline in the European eel population, making it a critically endangered species. To better understand these migration barriers, Belgian scientists are tagging eels and tracking their journey. This provides information of when eels migrate and what triggers them (precipitation, temperature and discharge) and can aid environmental management to act more effectively when protecting eels during peak migration periods, and working to preserve the eel population.

 

Learning Objectives

It is expected that, by the end of the game, participants will be better positioned to:

1. Present the main scientific characteristics and behavioral aspects of the European eel;

2. Illustrate the eels migration and spawning life cycles;

3. Examine the obstacles eels face during their seaward migration.

 

Contents and Structure

In this game, you dive under water to help Angie the eel into the sea so she can go reproduce in the Sargasso Sea, an area ca. 7000 km west of Europe. 

1. Help Angie to build up fat reserves to have enough energy for her journey; 

2. Follow Angie in journey and you will learn more about the obstacles eels need to pass. 


Target Audience

This game is intended for all age groups and can be played in English or Dutch, both on desktop and mobile devices.

 

Production

LifeWatch Belgium