Environmental Governance Programme
The project aims to improve community livelihoods, enhance capacity to participate in development and environmental governance decision-making
The project provides opportunities for community members to enhance their knowledge, skills and values for improved livelihoods including: the development of sustainable eco-communities, sustainable income generation, participation in local sustainable development and environmental governance, and better able to engage in decision-making processes and the broader social structures which impact on their livelihoods. Through learning about science and modern, innovative methods and techniques such as renewable energy use and biodiversity management, alongside the exploration and documentation of valuable indigenous knowledge and traditional practices, new approaches to environmental governance will be born. The documentation of indigenous knowledge and local culture will further support the preservation of minority cultures, and ensure that minority groups have a voice and can participate in the sustainable development of their homeland.
Nature Reserve staff are trained in community empowerment, environmental education methodologies, and government function for environmental governance strengthened.
Nature Reserve (NR) staff have enhanced professional capacity to take on the role of ‘environmental educator’ and to play a key facilitation role in the environmental governance of their region and beyond. Through partnerships with, and study visits to NRs, national parks and biosphere reserves in Europe, Chinese NR staff are able to learn from EU experiences, and exchange ideas and approaches for improved environmental governance. In turn this will help to elevate the status of NR staff; motivating and inspiring them to become better learners and teachers for improved environmental governance.
Outreach programmes are implemented for the involvement of a broad range of stakeholders
The target group and final beneficiaries are communities in their entirety. This includes nature reserve staff, community members, government officials, teachers, scientists and students, civil society organisations, local businesses, visitors and other stakeholders. Stakeholder representatives from different sectors of society are involved in CSR initiatives, the development of educational resources; organisation of trips to nature reserves; and the provision of capacity building workshops to local communities.
For more detailed information on activities implemented, Quarterly Project Reports are available for download.