Education for Sustainable Development in China

2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress

Taking place on the island of Jeju, South Korea, the congress lasted from 6th – 15th September starting off with the Forum which brought people together from all corners of the world to participate in a wide range of exciting events and discuss, share and learn about issues regarding conservation. (more…)

New publication: Learning for Sustainability

Shangri-la Institute’s experiences of ESD are showcased in ‘Learning for Sustainability in Times of Accelerated Change’; a book recently published by Wageningen University. The chapter, entitled “Re-connecting with traditional knowledge: the experience of the Shangri-la Institute for Sustainable Communities in China” examines the value of the three main traditional Chinese philosophies of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism and assesses the role that traditional knowledge can play in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

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International ESD Workshop “Horizon 2015”

The Shangri-la Institute recently attended the International Education for Sustainable Development Workshop, held in Bonn. The event was organised by the German Commission for UNESCO over February 27th and 28th and focused on the development of recommendations for activities beyond the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014). A total of 50 participants from 30 countries attended including: Gerhard de Haan – Chairperson of the German National Committee for DESD; Charles Hopkins – UNESCO Chair in Education for Sustainable Development; Olivier Laboulle – Head Secretariat, UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development; Alexander Leicht – Chief, Section of Education for Sustainable Development and Daniella Tilbury – University Director (Sustainability). Shangri-la Institute contributed to the discussion on international ESD development, in particular sharing our experience from China and the role of our newly established Regional Centre of Expertise.

The Bonn Recommendations on ESD can be downloaded here.