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The Shangri-La Institute attends the International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for the Sustainable Development Goals: Policy and Practice

In 2016, Wande Gomba, a representative from SISC and the Greater Shangri-La RCE, submitted a paper on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for The 2016 International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for the Sustainable Development Goals: Policy and Practice. For more information see here.

This conference, the fifth of its name, held the Sirindhorn International Environmental Park Cha-am, Phetchaburi, Thailand, saw speakers on various aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals. The event was also an opportunity to celebrate the birthday of the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Wande Gomba submitted a paper for this Conference using the case of Bazhu Village on the Tibetan Plateau as a case study. ESD programs in the area have seen communities inspired and engaged to effect environmental changes, and empower themselves to enact sustainable development in the village.

Conferences like this one continue to validate The Shangri-La Institute’s message and allow for cooperation, dissemination of information and a greater understanding of how ESD can be used to empower communities.

2016 Road Safety Workshops a Huge Success

The 2016 Participatory workshop for Road Safety Education in China has been held in the Shangri-La (April 9-10), Wuhan (April 13-14), Chongqing in(April 23-24) April 2016. These workshops promoted road safety in an interactive teacher training forum that will lead t students carrying out special and daily activities in the school develop students’ safety awareness and safety habits, encouraging students to identify and solve local road safety issues, and attract members of the community, parents and the wider groups to concern and enhance public safety awareness to reduce the rate of road injuries.
Every four minutes, a child dies in a car accident somewhere in the world; Every day, more than 2,000 families lose a precious child and become broken due to car-related injury; There are nearly 1.3 million people die from road traffic crashes and 20 million to 50 million are injured. These accidents bring unbearable grief to children themselves or their mother, father, siblings, grandparents and friends. This kind of tragedy could completely transform someone’s life in an instant. Despite the seriousness of these statistics, in many cases these tragedies are avoidable if at risk groups are given the right training.
Road traffic injuries are now said to be the leading cause of death in the 15-29 age group; Even more worrying, 90 percent of these road traffic deaths and injuries occur in low- and middle-income countries. If the current pattern continues, road traffic injuries will become the fifth leading cause of death in 2030, although road traffic injuries comes in ninth of the top ten death causes.
On March 2, 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 2011 to 2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety. Resolution states that the objectives of the Decade of Action are undertaking more activities nationally, regionally and globally to stabilize and reduce global road mortality.
As a partner of the United Nations Road Safety Action for the Decade (2011-2020) , the FIA has launched the “FIA road safety action program,” as a part of the “Decade of Action”.
China Road Safety Education Project launched by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and supported by China Automobile and Motor Sports Federation(CAMF). The Shangri-la Institute is currently executing this project I three areas. The project is part of the FIA Road Safety Action for Decades and represents an opportunity for the Shangri-la Institute to implement sustainable education.

The SISC collaborates with the JUMP! Foundation on water conservation education

On Monday April 18th, 2016, The Shangri-La Institute for Sustainable Communities collaborated with The JUMP! Foundation (for information see their website here) and the Beijing Jintai Museum in Chaoyang Park for a social learning session based on water conservation.

The 9 students from Hangzhou and facilitators from The JUMP! Foundation and the SISC came together with SISC Vice- Director Philip Xie for the session, which saw the lines between educator and student blurred as the students took the stage one by one to explain their knowledge of various topics related to water conservation in China.

Have a look at some photos of the session below!

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We hope that this will be the first on many collaborations with the JUMP! Foundation.

The SISC are grateful to the Beijing Jintai museum for providing their space for this event. The Jintai museum is a fascinating space established by Yuan Xikun, a leading artist and sculptor, and the Museum has held hundreds of events since its opening in 1997.

Resources: River Yangtze Bird Book

Wild birds are in important part of nature, and bird watching is an interesting and enjoyable way for people to come into contact with their local environment. The Yangtze River basin has a complex and varied climate, with abundant water resources & plantlife, it provides a great habitat for birds to breed and winter. To improve bird identification along the river, The Shangri-la Institute has planned and published “Yangtze River Basin Bird Watching Guide” as part of the Swarovski Water School project. This book introduces creative techniques to improve the accuracy of bird watching, including painting and fill-in activities, and is a great resource for both the general public and in youth activities.

Public Event: “Nature and People”

SISC joined up with the Dutch Embassy, Beijing Forestry Society and IUCN  (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) in Honglingjin Park, Beijing, for a public ‘long walk’. This event aimed to raise public knowledge of forest ecology, biodiversity, water resources while bringing the public closer to nature through conservation activities and learning how to enjoy a healthy life.

Nearly 1,000 people attended, including primary school students from the Netherlands and China. SISC’s display featured the Water School for a Living Yangtze project, with project staff briefng participants on the plants and wildlife of the Yangtze River Basin. One game organised was based on the migration pattern of the black-necked crane from Qinghai to Shangri-la and the damaging effects of climate change on their natural habitat, introducing the public to the importance of positive action that contributes to the protection of the environment.

Climate Change Education for China: Chongqing

In this past year altogether some 890 students and 46 teachers took part in a range of activities.

Southwest University volunteers took children and their parents on a tour of Jinyun Mountain Nature Reserve, to participate in a plant identification training. It served as an opportunity for the nature reserve staff to build stronger links with the local community, as well as for the families to have better, direct experience of the nature.

Beyond this, the Haitangxi Primary School worked with students to raise awareness of environmental and climate change issues, to strengthen community links  and promote their connection to nature. Activities included planting of trees, fruits and vegetables in the school campus, leading battery recycling and proper waste disposal drives, displaying environmental-knowledge posters in communities and holding knowledge competitions, and promoting water conservation and traffic safety.

Photos from Haitangxi Primary School activities: