ASEAN Working Group on Environmental Education (AWGEE)

Ms. Elenida Basug, EMB-EEID Chief, makes a report to the 8th AWGEE Meeting, 11 April 2016 (Photo credit: ASEAN Secretariat)

The ASEAN Working Group on Environmental Education (AWGEE) oversees and coordinates the implementation of the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan (AEEAP) 2014–2018. The working group is also guided by the ASCC Blueprint 2009-2015 which aims to "establish a clean and green ASEAN, rich in cultural traditions where the values and practices of the people are in accordance with the rhythm and harmony of nature, with citizens who are environmentally literate, imbued with the environmental ethic, and willing and capable to ensure the sustainable development of the region through environmental education and public participation efforts."
Focal Office:
Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)
Focal Persons:
DENR Chair
       Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 927 6726 / 926 1084

DENR Co-Chair
       Assistant Secretary for Field Operations - Luzon
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. No. 925-2328 / 929-6626 local 2287

National Focal Point
       Environmental Education and Information Division
       DENR - Environmental Management Bureau
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 928 4674

Alternate Focal Point
       DENR - Strategic Communications and Initiatives Services 
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 426 3850 / 926 7460
Goals in four target areas:
Target Area 1: Formal Sector 
Environmental education (EE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) are integrated at all levels of the formal sector (relative to national capacity and directives) in each AMS.
Target Area 2: Non-Formal Sector 
Non-formal sector in AMS enhanced through the integration of socio-cultural, economic and ecological knowledge through EE/ESD to address local, regional and international environmental issues and challenges. 
Target Area 3: Institutional and Human Resources Capacity Building 
Strengthened institutional capacity in EE & ESD and trained human resource pool on EE and ESD in AMS.
Target Area 4: Networking, Collaboration and Communication
Improved exchange of environmental information, skills and resources in the region and increased support and commitment for EE and ESD and capacity building through formal and non formal networks at local/national, regional and international levels.

Activities of the working groups include the ASEAN Eco-schools Award Programme, ASEAN Plus Three Youth Environment Forum, ASEAN Plus Three Leadership Programme on Sustainable Production and Consumption, ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Development Film Festival, and ASEAN Environment Year (AEY) celebration held once every three years. The last AEY was held in 2015.
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At the 8th Meeting of the AWGEE, the Philippines presented a proposal on "Baseline Assessment on Environmental Education (EE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Content in National Curricula of ASEAN Countries." The project aims to assess EE and ESD content of AMS’ respective curricula in elementary and secondary education. The project was initially undertaken in the Philippines with its national funding support during the first year and is proposed to be replicated in other AMS in the following years, subject to availability of funding support. In view of the proposed AWGEE Action Plan 2016-2025, the Philippines will integrate the proposed activity "Building Enabling Capacity for Environmental Education Integration in National Curricula among ASEAN Member States," as one of the components under this proposed project. 
    The Philippines with Thailand also presented the concept note on the proposal for an "ASEAN Green Higher Education Programme" for educators from the Ministries of Higher Education and Ministries of Environment of AMS. AMS representatives were requested to provide information on the status of respective national Green Higher Education.

At the 7th Meeting of the AWGEE, the participants agreed to regularly submit relevant data and information to the ASEAN Environmental Education Inventory Database (AEEID) to populate the database. New database entries should be verified by the National Focal Point (NFP).
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