ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND CAMPAIGNING
Increasing the public’s awareness of biodiversity in the South Caucasus is key to changing people's attitude and practice towards the environment.
Together with our partners we design and implement comprehensive awareness raising campaigns, involving local media. By teaching schoolchildren about the importance of biodiversity, they will grow up with a better understanding of how important their natural surroundings are.
We qualify lecturers of education and training institutions to teach topics related to biodiversity and ecosystem services in the framework of their curricula. At times we advise our partners to establish new trining courses, e.g. vocational training in forest works in Georgia.
We support the relevant authorities in developing national education standards.
NEW STANDARDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS
The Environmental Education Network is an exchange platform of more than 30 local and international organizations in Armenia. IBiS is advising the network and the National Institute of Education on incorporating elements of environmental education into secondary school curricula. This will help the next generation of Armenians better understand the country’s biodiversity and how to preserve it.
In Azerbaijan, there are over 50 environmental education centres. They teach around 11,000 young people how to take responsibility for their natural surroundings. IBiS is supporting the Ministry of education in reforming and restructuring these education centres.
SHOWCASE: PROTECTING GEORGIA’S BIODIVERSITY IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC GROWTH
Can Georgia afford Economic Growth without Taking Care of its Nature? That was the question discussed during the TEON (The Economics of Nature) Event (www.teon.ge), a high-level panel discussion in Tbilisi in May of 2017 organised by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
Following a keynote speech by the environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev, the panel discussion featured Georgian government representatives, the German ambassador and several environmental experts and representatives of the Georgian economy. The intention was to reach out to business leaders and decision makers and highlight the economic importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The discussion was built on the findings of the Economy of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Scoping Study for Georgia. IBiS’ precursor programme, Sustainable Management of Biodiversity South Caucasus contributed to the study.