Update on Innner Mongolia project activity
||Establishing a regional environment education network in cooperation with
national partners and covering five Asian countries
||NPO Corporation Partnership Center, Japan
Report of NPO representativefs mission to Inner Mongolia
NPO Corporation Partnership Center representative (Youhei Ueno) visited the East Ujimqin administrative
division of Xilingol prefecture in Chinafs Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region from 17 to 19 hours on
2 nd August 2009 to meet with representatives of the partner organization and discuss modalities for
establishing the Earth College in Inner Mongolia and the practical environment education curriculum.
List of participants at the preparatory meeting
A total of 12 people attended the meeting
EHasugowa, Head of the partner organization, gPreparatory Committee for Establishing the Eco-schoolh
EA government official
ELocal business representative
EChildren from local school
EYouhei Ueno, Representative of NPO Partnership Corporation Center
Content of discussions
There was much support for the NPOfs initiative in promoting environmental awareness among children.
The representative of the partner organization said the Earth College should be located in a convenient
place, preferably a town as Inner Mongolia has a vast and difficult terrain. It was mentioned that at
present not enough attention is being given to the river ecology. Inner Mongolia has problems of
over-grazing and land erosion and desertification is increasing in many areas. This has reduced ground
water levels and contributed to water pollution. All this highlights the importance of promoting the
importance of environmental conservation among the young generation, starting from childhood. It would
be a cause for concern if local leadership capacities were not developed to guide efforts towards
restoring the ecological health. Another cause for worry is the growing pollution of the Neringoru
River and the Orugai River in East Ujimquin in Xilingol, because of rapid industrial development
in the area in recent years. Environmental regulations for industries prepared by the central
government are being disregarded.
The head of Preparatory Committee for Establishing the Eco-school, the partner organization, is
working for the enterprise in Dalian The enterprise had expressed keen interest in the outcome of
the meeting to establish the Earth College and wants to support the endeavour. It was mentioned that
the Earth College would benefit from the participation and cooperation of local people.
The children present also showed keen interest in the initiative.
It was mentioned that Earth College would have to be organized by the Eco-School which itself is still
to be established by the Preparatory Committee.@
First meeting on Inner Mongolia project
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