Youth Took Part in Biodiversity Conservation Efforts for Final Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017 in Lampung
The “Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017” (the third in a 3-series camp) took place in Lampung from 24-26 February 2017. The 3-day event was attended by 50 students and young professionals coming from a range of higher-educational backgrounds (chemistry, electrical engineering, medical study, marine biology, animal husbandry, economics, tourism, English literature, accounting) and deriving from different islands in Indonesia such as Sumatra (Lampung, Bengkulu, Riau), Java (Bogor, Depok, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Sidoarjo, Surabaya), Kalimantan (East Kalimantan), and Sulawesi (Palu).
All participants were within the 17-25 years old youth category. Opening remarks marking the start of the event were delivered by Mr Shahbaz Khan, UNESCO Office Jakarta, Ms Cristina Rekakavas, UN CC: Learn, and Mrs Amanda Katili Niode, the Climate Reality Project Indonesia and aimed to increase the youth’s awareness on climate change.
As part of the camp agenda, in addition to being provided with climate change training materials, information about UNESCO’s works and programs, Bukit Barisan Selatan (BBS) program by the Head of the BBS National Park, Mr Timbul Batubara, and having their communication skills enhanced, the youth participants also undertook a fieldtrip to BBS National Park, a national park designated as a cluster site under the natural World Heritage Site. There, participants were welcomed by the BBS National Park Authority, Mr Ismanto as Head of Sub-division of Conservation who represented the Head of the National Park.
The participants took part in tree-planting and the release of 25 animals organised by BBS National Park (Balai Besar TN BBS) and Bengkulu Nature Conservation Agency (Balai KSDA Bengkulu) officials. Four of the animals released: 2 eagle Brontok (spizaetus cirrhatus) and 2 kukang (nycticebus coucang) are protected by the Indonesian Law. The other animals include pyton reticulatus exotic birds including zosterops sp, geopelia striata, pycnonotus aurigaster, and pycnonotus goiavier. These species were raided by officials found inside suspicious packages at Bakauheni harbour, with the exception of 1 kukang which was voluntarily handed over by the community. After rehabilitation program, these animals were finally ready for release.
Picture 1. Youth Leadership Camp participants took part in the release of exotic birds, witnessed by representatives of BBS National Park Authority, Regional Lampung Police, local community, and UNESCO Office Jakarta.
Picture 2. The release of Eagle Brontok (spizaetus cirrhatus) protected under the Indonesian Law.
Picture 3. The release of the second Eagle Brontok (spizaetus cirrhatus) protected under the Indonesian Law
Picture 4. Kukang (Nycticebus coucang) shortly after its release by the Youth Leadership Camp participants
Picture 5. Tree-planting by the youth participants at BBS National Park.
Furthermore, the participants were also engaged in dialogue sessions with the local community which are official partners of BBS National Park. Quizzes were brought forward by the community to test the participants’ awareness of the national park and of the animal’s release. Interviews by the participants with National Park guides, rangers and authorities were also done as part of their video campaign, a required activity to be conducted as one of the post-camp activities. The event was closed by the Climate Reality Project Indonesia and UNESCO Office Jakarta.
This event is the last series of camp organised by UNESCO Office Jakarta and its partners. This event was attended by participants of the widest geographical distribution throughout Indonesia and range of professional background out of the 3 camps. Over 500 applicants applied to join this event. Young professionals selected for this camp include Women Affiliation for Protection of World Heritage Site initiated by Bengkulu Kerinci Seblat National Park (facilitated by LIFE as local NGO), National Geographic, Greenpeace Indonesia, Green School Bali, Sahabat Bumi East Kalimantan. Motivations behind joining this camp were also brought up by the participants, one of them is the desire network and gain new knowledge in order to keep women affiliation for protection of World Heritage Site for Kerinci Seblat National Park (part of TRHS) going, acknowledging that the impacts will be experienced more by women due to their vulnerability and their domestic role for ensuring water availability for cooking and for their family.
Picture 6. Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017 participants at BBS National Park.
Contact for further information: Mr. Shahbaz Khan (s.khan(at)unesco.org)
Facebook: Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change Indonesia (@ylcccid)
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