ASEAN working group discusses environmental progress

THE two-day 11th ASEAN Working Group on Environmental Education (AWGEE) Meeting convened at The Rizqun International Hotel yesterday.

Acting Director of the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation Martinah binti Haji Tamit chaired the meeting.

The meeting was attended by ASEAN member states except for the Philippines and Vietnam.

Working group partners from the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and Ministry of Environment, Japan were also present.

The AWGEE oversees and coordinates the implementation of the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan (AEEAP) guided by the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint which aims to establish a clean and green ASEAN with environmentally literate citizens, ensuring the region’s sustainable development through environmental education and public participation.

The meeting discussed the progress of projects and activities under the working group outlined in the AEEAP and the ASEAN Strategic Plan on Environment (ASPEN), which include regional activities and efforts involving the youth of ASEAN.

Brunei Darussalam is the lead country for the ASEAN Youth Eco-Champion Award (AYECA) alongside Singapore. The newly introduced ASEAN Community Award aims to recognise outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to protecting the environment.

Nominations are open at environment.asean.org/ayea-2019 and forms must be submitted by July 15. The champions will receive awards from the ASEAN Environment Ministers and will participate in an ASEAN-wide youth event in Cambodia in the final quarter of 2019.

Acting Director of the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation Martinah binti Haji Tamit in a group photo with members of the 11th ASEAN Working Group on Environmental Education (AWGEE) Meeting. – JASTRE