This issue marks the third installment of BGCI's new international version of Education E-update. Our goal is to keep you up-to-date with the latest plant-based education news, tools and strategies for success. But we cannot do it without you! We envision Education E-update as a communication tool with which you can share your institution's news and programmes with colleagues around the world. Our online form makes submitting your news a snap! We look forward to hearing from you and sharing your work in an upcoming issue.
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Education News from Around the World
Voice your support for plant-based education! The importance of plant-based education was highlighted by BGCI at a recent meeting in Paris to discuss the Convention on Biological Diversity. A leaflet was also distributed, summarising the results of six national meetings held in 2006 to examine the implementation of Target 14 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. With the Conference of the Parties to the CBD meeting next year in Germany, we urge all educators to print the international review and send it to your national CBD focal point. They have the power to influence decisions affecting plant-based education on a global scale. Find your national CBD focal point.
World Conservation Congress heads to Spain: IUCN members, Commission members, partners and the public are invited to submit ideas for events at the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Oct. 5-14. Visit the Congress website for more information.
New certificate programme in native plants: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia (USA) in cooperation with the Georgia (USA) Plant Conservation Alliance will begin offering a certificate programme in native plants in the autumn of 2007. The programme will offer a series of short courses in identification, cultivation, propagation, ecology and conservation of native Georgia plants. The programme will target home gardeners, as well as green industry professionals, conservationists, and professionals in the land, resource, and park management fields.
Eden Project unveils 70-tonne 'Seed': The arrival of a mammoth stone sculpture marks the official completion of the Eden Project's (UK) £15 million education building. Hewn from a 167-tonne boulder and standing four metres in height by three metres at its widest point, the botanically inspired sculpture is known simply as "Seed". The massive acorn-shaped artwork took a team of sculptors two years to carve. Visit the Eden Project website for images and more information about the Eden Project.
Wildcare conference to focus on working with volunteers: Wildcare announces its 10th-anniversary conference, 'Volunteering for Wild Places, Wildlife and Cultural Heritage', Nov. 23-25 at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. Conference themes will focus on volunteers, volunteer organisations, and organisations that are assisted by volunteers in nature conservation and reserve management. The organisers are particularly interested in participation from the botanic garden education community. Abstracts are due Aug. 1. The conference website has full details.
Send us news from your botanic garden or plant-based education site, and we'll include it in an upcoming issue of Education E-update.
Tools You Can Use
'Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future': Published by UNESCO, this multimedia teacher education programme has 25 modules and more than 100 hours of interactive activities to enhance educator understanding of sustainable development. Download the full programme and toolbox from the UNESCO website.
Strengthen your DESD communication strategy: Need help planning your institution's communication strategy for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development? UNESCO is offering strategy guidelines in order to provide practical and focussed information on ESD issues and to help integrate ESD issues in programmes and services. The guidelines are available in both English and French.
IsaÎl's Dream, a new environmental storybook in French: L'Arbre qui rÍvait (IsaÎl's Dream) is the first book in a series designed to nurture children's relationships with the natural world. The book is accompanied by workshops by the authors and a traveling exhibition. View the book online.
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In the Spotlight
In each issue of Education E-update, we shine the spotlight on an innovative plant conservation education programme or educator. Email us if you would like to be "in the spotlight" in a future issue. This month, we shine the spotlight on the Makiling Botanic Gardens, Laguna, Philippines.
Located on the slopes of Mount Makiling and just a short distance from the capital city of Manila, the Makiling Botanic Gardens is the perfect site for educating about the importance of plants and the need for their conservation. More than 150,000 visitors come to the Gardens each year to explore its collection of native species and plants from around the world.
Conservation education at the Gardens is led by Educators for Nature Tourism (ENTs), students from the University of Philippines, Los BaÒos, who are trained to lead interpretive walks for visitors of all ages. Visitors can choose from themed programmes, including the conservation of tropical plants; plant taxonomy; the economic importance of trees; the world of raptors; and local watersheds. Other education programmes include an annual training course for science teachers and community leaders, a youth eco-camp, summer nature programmes, art classes, and an annual Festival of Trees.
For more information, visit the Makiling Botanic Gardens website or email Roberto Cereno, head of the Gardens.
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