my report; story of attending the CEPA Workshop in Jakarta

I just would like to share my story when I attend one of UN CBD event, just the pre introduction CBD is one of from three convention which was born during 1st Earth Summit 1992 in Brazil. One of their concern is CEPA or in the other words Communication Education and Public awareness, following is one of my experience and result my attendance in CBD, CEPA event.

CBD Event:

Sub-Regional Capacity Development Workshop for ASEAN Countries on Communication, Education and Public Awareness and Media Relations.

About 60 media practitioners and government information officers from 10 Southeast Asian countries gathered at the opening ceremony of the “Sub-Regional Capacity Development Workshop for ASEAN Countries on Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) and Media Relations” on 30 November 2009 at the Gran Melia Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity(ACB), the workshop run until 03 December and facilitate knowledge exchange and learning among civil servants responsible for CEPA activities on biodiversity and media practitioners who report on biodiversity.

The workshop is hosted by the Government of Indonesia and supported by the Government of the Netherlands and the European Commission. Trainers and resource speakers from the Commission for Education and Communication (CEC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

“In our increasingly urban world, people don’t realise that biodiversity is the foundation for life on earth and for the well-being of people everywhere.  We need to work to further develop our ability to tell the stories of biodiversity and its role in our lives to all citizens from the youngest to the oldest.  As we approach the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010, we need to harness the power and creativity of communicators and the media around the world, to encourage the actions to safeguard biodiversity,” Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity, For his part, Prof. Dr. H. Gusti Muhammad Hatta, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia, highlighted the need to take appropriate measures in order to halt biodiversity loss at the national and global levels.  Indonesia’s commitment, he added, includes CEPA programmes.  “It is expected that change of behavior will take place so people or communities will better understand the importance of biodiversity.”

Also present in the workshop were Mr. Erik Habers, First Counsellor of the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia; and Mr. Peter Bos, Senior Executive Officer of the Directorate for Nature, Netherlands’ Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality.

The Jakarta workshop is the second leg in a series of sub-regional workshops which began in 2008 in response to decision IX/32 by which the Conference of the Parties encouraged the Executive Secretary to implement the Programme of Work (POW) for Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) using the Agenda for Action (INF/3).
Through the workshop, SCBD and ACB seeks to increase the government information officers’ awareness about the importance of the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) 2010; increase knowledge about the CBD’s framework and support for the IYB; improve their skills in strategic planning and organizing national activities for the IYB; and increase awareness of the importance of, and improve skills in, dealing with the media.

In this part of meeting by recommendation letter from State Ministerial of Environment and invitation letter from SCBD, IFSA had been honoured to be the only one student delegation, delegate by Yusuf Bahtimi, head of CBD subcommission attend this workshop. In the workshop learned so many new and the top issue for biodiversity, one of is education for biodiversity. There are the result of discussion, many countries have same problem like biodiversity not the main subject in the curriculum, lack of fund, lack of interest and care by student to biodiversity, less cooperation between government, media and school, and the others. And the main conclusion of the workshop in biodiversity education aspect were:

  • The mainstreaming of biodiversity into education is a complex undertaking involving millions of primary and secondary schools and tens of millions of teacher worldwide in the formal in the formal system, and the further millions of learning in non and informal contexts. Partnership between key organizations from the fields of education and environment form the basis for such national activities to strengthen education for sustainable development; moreover,
  • The mainstreaming of biodiversity into education in all contexts should be framed in terms of its contribution to the messages, competencies and themes of education for sustainable development. It is not recommend that biodiversity education in and of itself be the starting point of work.

Any attempts at mainstreaming should seek to bring together actors ans experts from various ministries, including environment, education and others. The particularities of cross-ministry collaboration in any given context need to be taken into account;

On this basis, participants in this activity will carry out an exercise that identifies the clusters of actors (government, media, civil, society) that could facilitate such a process of mainstreaming and create a model for these action plans.

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