|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 Proposal 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 Goal 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) Modalities 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 Center. 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 2.Seminars 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.
Schedules 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.
NPO Corporation Partnership Center
Copyright (C) 2002, NPO Partnership Center. All Rights Reserved。