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ROLE OF CONSERVATION EDUCATION IN DEVELOPING YOUNG GREEN CRUSADERS IN SOUTH ASIA

Organizer
Bombay Natural History Society

Date and Time
8 October 2012 13:15 - 14:45

Meeting
Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11)

The BNHS will conduct the Conservation Education Symposium which will address following themes through three seminars; • Status of Environmental Studies in academic institutions with emphasis on inquiry/project method • Role of Nature Interpretation Centres/Nature Education Centres • Leadership skill development among the students for contribution to Nature Conservation The aim of the Symposium is to create opportunities for in-depth discussions on efforts of conservation education in South-east Asia. The focus of the Symposium is on conservation education questions, such as whether environmental studies should be made compulsory in the syllabus? What are the pros and cons? What have been individual experiences in implementing environmental studies? How effectively environmental studies are implemented? Have the educators achieved the desired results by practicing environmental studies? How well the inquiry/project method is used and has it been effective? How important Nature Interpretation Centres and Nature Education Centres are for implementation of environmental studies? How leaderships skills among the students could be developed so that they to contribute to nature conservation? The seminars that comprise the Symposium will consider theoretical, methodological and empirical issues related to Conservation Education, both in academic institutions where environmental studies is treated as an add on subject rather being treated as a multi-disciplinary subject. The aim is to discuss and expand the knowledge base of the field by experience and resource sharing. Seminars may also address on how educators can overcome the challenges encountered in implementing environmental studies in effective manner. Following six presentations will be held during the symposium Seminar 1: Status of Environmental Studies in academic institutions with emphasis on inquiry/project method 1. Masters Programme in Environmental Science: An Overview by Dr. Sughanda Shetye, K.J. Somaiya College of Science and Commerce,Mumbai 2. Environmental Studies in High Schools: Current Status, Challenges and Need of Student Motivation by Sarvesh Karkhanis, Thane 3. Environmental Education as the Hub of Integrated Learning by Prof. Hector Andrade,Associate Professor,Flame School of Liberal Education,Pune Seminar 2: Role of Nature Interpretation Centres/Nature Education Centres 4. EE Initiatives in Rishi Valley Education Centre- an Over view by Dr. Radha Gopalan, Andhra Pradesh 5. Longest Running Global Animal Welfare Education by Rupa Gandhi Chaudhary, Wildlife Trust of India, Gujarat Seminar 3: Leadership skill development among the students for contribution to Nature Conservation 6. Creating the next generation of Environmental Leaders by Devyani Singh, GreenLine,Don Bosco Provincial House, Mumbai.