Project title:Establishing a regional environment education network in cooperation with national partners and covering five Asian countries


Approved by Environmental Restoration and
               Conservation Agency (ERCA) for Fiscal Year 2009

                                       29 June 2009

Project title: Establishing a regional environment education network in cooperation with 
         national partners and covering five Asian countries

Implementing organization: NPO Corporation Partnership Center, Japan 

 The overall objective of the project is to promote sustainable development in identified
 environmentally-sensitive regions in five Asian countries by promoting public awareness 
 and practical action to encourage local river- side communities to live in harmony with 
 nature. This will be accomplished through a Japan-based regional environment education 
 network covering China, South Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar and Japan, and working in 
 partnership with local civil society organizations in the five countries. The network's 
 activities will be funded by the Japan Fund for Global Environment (JFGE) which supports
 sustainable development initiatives by civil society and the private sector in developing
 countries as part of the Japanese government's international commitment to promote 
 sustainable development globally. The network will be coordinated from Japan by the NPO 
 Corporation Partnership Center which has been involved in promoting environmental 
 education in Asian developing countries at both policy advocacy and grassroots practical
 action levels. 

Project outline
  The goal of the project is to promote sustainable development by developing 
  community-level environmental conservation leadership and capacities for living in 
  harmony with nature. Working with local communities in ecologically- sensitive regions
  in six river basins in China, South Korea, Japan, Mongolia and Myanmar, the project 
  aims to identify and enrol a total of 110 local environmental leaders for capacity 
  building through Earth Colleges to be established in each project location. 
  In its first year, the project has targeted 30 environmental education participants 
  for the Earth College in Japan while 80 participants will join Earth Colleges in 
  other project countries, starting from the second year.

 Project area
  The following regions will be covered:

   1) Japan: Basin of the Asuwa River which flows through Fukui-shi to the
        Sea of Japan.
   2) China: 
    A. Hangchou Yangzi Jiang River delta linking the Qiantang Jiang flowing
      into the East China Sea. 
    B. Inner Mongolia: The middle course of the Yellow River which flows
      into the Bohai Sea. 
   3) Mongolia: Oruhon River flowing north into Lake Baikal in Russia.  
   4) Korea: Hann River which flows through Seoul 
   5) Myanmar: – Ayyerwadi River which flows into the Andaman Sea 

 National partners
    Japan: NPO Corporation Partnership Center 
    China: A. Zhejiang Provincial Peoples Association for Friendship with
         Foreign Countries
       B. Inner Mongolia: Preparatory committee for establishing Eco-school 
  Mongolia: NPO Forester (Ulan Bator city)
    Korea: Social Welfare Corporation Happy Creation 
  Myanmar : Fukui Japan- Friendship Society (Fukui-ken) 

  The project will use the school education system to promote public awareness of the
  importance of living in harmony with nature, focusing on the role of six rivers in 
  the well-being of local communities living near them in the five countries. 
  The project will develop an environmental education curriculum, using the “Earth 
  College” model focusing on the river water cycle and its importance to human and 
  social life.

  The proposed activities will start with a seminar/workshop in Japan in November 
  2009 with 30 participants from Japan to develop the environmental education 
  curriculum. The curriculum will be modified and adapted to local conditions in the 
  other project countries during similar seminars to be organized in the selected 
  countries in collaboration with national partners, starting in 2010. 
  Information about the project activities will be disseminated through the project
  Web site (in Japanese and English) to be developed by NPO Corporation Partnership

  In the first year, it is aimed to have 30 environmental education participants 
  join the Earth College in Japan. Starting from the second year, another 80 
  participants are projected to join Earth Colleges to be established in the other
  project countries.

 Project operation and implementation schedule
  1. 2009 June: Organisation of project planning meeting to establish the 
    regional environment education network

   Seminars/workshops will be organized in the project countries, starting 
   in Japan.

  In Japan, five sessions are to be held in the first year, including an inaugural
  preliminary session. All meetings are to be held in Fukui prefecture near the 
  Asuwa River where the NPO Corporation Partnership Center is located.

  Preliminary session 
   Date : 11/07/2009 
   Place: Fukui Prefecture, near the Asuwa River

  First session
   Date : 12/08/2009 (Saturday)
   Place: Fukui Prefecture, near Asuwa River

  Second session
   Date : 18/10/2009 (Sunday)
   Place: Fukui Prefecture, near Asuwa River

  Third session
   Date : 14/11/2009 (Sunday)
   Place: Fukui Prefecture, near Asuwa River

  Fourth session     
   Date : 19/12/2009 (Sunday)
   Place: Fukui Prefecture, near Asuwa River

 The four sessions will be organized along the upper, middle and lower courses of
 the Asuwa River. Similar seminars will be held in the other project countries 
 starting in 2010. The four sessions in Japan will be followed by a regional 
 project plenary meeting in Japan on 23 and 24 November 2009. Heads of the partner 
 organizations in all project countries will attend the seminar. 
 In case of anyone’s inability to attend, an additional meeting will be organized
 for him or her.

 The regional seminar will discuss: 
  A. Project objectives, modalities and the time frame for establishing a network
    of environment education centres in the five countries focused on the role of
    rivers in the well-being of communities living in their vicinity.
  B. Objectives, modalities, and schedules of establishing Earth Colleges in each
    project country.

 3. Public hearings
  Seminars in the project countries will be followed by public hearings organized
  by the project partners. The first hearing is to be held in Japan in July 2009. 
  Public hearings in other countries are to be held between September 2009 and 
  December 2009. Representatives of the local community and relevant stakeholders 
  will be invited to discuss the proposed project activities. 
  The feedback from the hearings will be used in the development of the curriculum.

 4. Time table for development of Earth College Curriculum
  2009 July: Initiation of work on developing Earth College curriculum
  2009 August: First draft of Earth College curriculum 
  2009 June-December: Visits to project countries to make arrangements for
     preparatory meetings.
  September-December 2009 Information dissemination
              Development of a project Web site which will be updated
              with information on the project’s progress.
  23 and 24 November 2009: project plenary meeting in Japan 
  2010 March: Meeting, preparatory meeting, planning meeting, staff meeting at HQ. 
  December 2009-January 2010 : Draft of general-use of Earth College curriculum. 
  January-February 2010: Preparatory meetings 

 (1). Preparatory meetings will be held between January and February 2010
    (in project countries) to support the national partners in setting up the 
    Earth Colleges. Between 10 to 20 environmental experts from national 
    universities and other institutions will be invited to the preparatory 
    meetings in each project country. The regional project coordinator from Japan
    will attend the preparatory meetings. The draft curriculum of the Earth College
    in each country will be reviewed at these meetings.

 Expected outcome
  1. Better understanding of an effective Earth College curriculum tailored to
    local conditions to promote living in harmony with nature focused on the 
    dynamic ecological interaction between rivers and communities living in 
    their vicinity.
  2. Identification and initial capacity building of 30 environmental leaders
    in Japan and who will assist the Earth Colleges in the five project countries. 
  3. Establishment of a network of 60 people in the five countries committed to
    promoting community-level environment education in the Asian region.

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