Kick-Off Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017 in Cibodas Biosphere Reserve
UNESCO Office Jakarta, in collaboration with UN CC:Learn (The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership) through UNITAR and the Climate Reality Project Indonesia (TCRPI) are organizing the “Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017”. This activity is carried out within the second phase of the UN CC:Learn Project to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development to Address Climate Change, financially supported by the Swiss Government and UN Partners, and supports the implementation of the National Learning Strategy of Indonesia.
The programme is a 3-day youth camp in 3 locations, including a field trip to a UNESCO site in each location, for a total of 150 committed youth (between 17-25 y.o) to provide them with an good understanding of climate change in sectors such as agriculture and energy, marine and fisheries or forestry. The camps will also provide participants with training materials to improve their communication skills and confidence, covering communication and social media strategy (including movie-making workshop), outbound training programme, as well as peer education skills to promote climate change issues among their community. After the camp, the participants are expected to conduct a peer forum where they will share their knowledge on climate change with their peers.
The first camp took place in Cibodas Biosphere Reserve, West Java, on 4-6 February 2017, and was attended by 50 selected youth. Prof Dr Shahbaz Khan, Director of the UNESCO Jakarta, Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, opened the event by welcoming and congratulating the students coming from many areas of Java, who had gone through a tight selection process. Mr Ade Bagja Hidayat, representative from Gunung Gede National Park Authority, further invited the students to jointly take part in the conservation efforts of Cibodas Biosphere Reserve. Mrs Amanda Katili Niode, manager of the Climate Reality Project Indonesia, also welcomed the students and encouraged them to be climate warriors in their community. Ms Christina Rekakavas, UN CC: Learn Secretariat, in her video remarks, encouraged the students to make use of freely available e-courses on climate change developed by UN CC:Learn for their further capacity building.
In the first session, presentations were delivered by Prof Shahbaz Khan and Prof Purwanto, Executive Chair of the Indonesian Man and the Biosphere (MAB) National Committee. Prof Shahbaz introduced UNESCO to the students, and explained the Organization’s climate change initiative and a range of UNESCO programmes which contribute to climate change, environment conservation and sustainable development, including the MAB, the World Heritage Convention and UNESCO Global Geoparks. Prof Shahbaz highlighted the outstanding ecosystems of Indonesia with the many biosphere reserves and natural world heritage sites in the country, noting that accreditation processes take years.
Picture 2. Prof Shahbaz Khan interacting with a student on UNESCO programmes
Prof Purwanto continued by providing examples of how biosphere reserves can contribute to mitigating and adapting to climate change, including through renewable energy programmes and as research. In the Q&A answer, students enquired and discussed about overcoming the challenges of “improperly” managed areas, and how UNESCO tackles this issue.
In the consequent sessions, students were trained by Mrs Amanda Katili Niode and Ms Murni Titi Resdiana, from the office of the President’s Envoy for Climate Change, with the basics of climate change, calculating their own carbon footprint, and the small daily actions that can be implemented by the participants. Discussions on climate change actions and related games completed the first day programme.
Since the beginning of the first day, the students were asked to keep their own waste by separating dry and organic waste under two bags that they would carry over the camp, and in this regards to be responsible of the amount of their waste, including food eaten. The students were also provided with tumblers and asked to reuse it for drinking water, in other to avoid the use of plastic bottles.
Picture 3. Students from Yogyakarta proudly showing their first actions to reduce carbon footprint
Over 800 participants applied for this youth leadership camp programme from all over Indonesia. The selected 50 students for the first camp in Cibodas came from a range of educational backgrounds, including natural sciences and social sciences, from high schools and universities in Bogor, Bandung, Jogjakarta and Semarang.
Contact for further information: Mr. Shahbaz Khan (s.khan(at)unesco.org)
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