Happy Chinese New Year!
In the Year of the Horse our focus will be on Biodiversity education and awareness. Did you know that in 2014 HK will finish drafting its first Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP)?
HK’s BSAP is due in 2015 under the international Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), signed by a record 193 countries at the time, to stop the global loss of plants, animals and habitat that support all life on earth.
Since early last year we have joined a diverse group of NGOs, universities, businesses and industries, to help the government formulate HK’s future biodiversity strategy and fulfil its obligations under the CBD. With feedback due in June, we are all working hard doing research and testing initiatives, to provide practical, actionable and effective recommendations.
The next stage in helping the BSAP succeed is making biodiversity values visible and mainstream for HK people. To do this we have joined a broad informal alliance of scientists and NGOs to form Hong Kong Biodiversity Action- with shared goals of helping HK people of all walks of life understand the benefits and services provided by nature, and supporting the government’s conservation efforts. So when the BSAP is ready for action next year, everyone will want to join in!
For Tai Tam Tuk Eco Education Centre, supporting HK’s BSAP means helping students and schools understand its background and aims. So we have designed a set of 20 slides for students, teachers and schools, to give a 10 minute presentation about the BSAP (yes, it is possible!).
The slides are supported by detailed notes so that anyone can understand this ambitious global convention, why HK is getting involved and what you as an individual can do.
Participants of our UNESCO-HK ESD 2013/14 Environment workshop received the first run of the slides, with broader delivery to partner schools over 2014 in progress.
Why not give it a go and tell us what you think. After all, how better to learn than by learning to teach others?
Get in touch if you would like to find out more, and join us to spread the word in your school and community!
Learn more about the BSAP from the AFCD’s BSAP webpages.
19 Feb 2014 / We’ve updated the slides with new graphics, and added a “Pechakucha“ version- with less text for snappy delivery, designed to be given in 6 minutes and 40 seconds, with 20 seconds for each slide. Timed script coming soon!