30 Ideas: Youth Ecological Camp

Category: 30th Anniversary, Asia, Asia regional news, Asia regional news, WLI Asia

Published: December 20th, 2021

In 2021 we are marking 30 years of WLI cooperation by sourcing 30 neat ideas from WLI members. Today we hear from the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands. 

Description: The Youth EcoCamp is one of the strategies of SCPW in its campaign to educate the youth on the need to conserve and protect Laguna de Bay and other wetlands.  It aims to ensure the sustainable conservation and protection of wetlands and to foster a deeper sense of appreciation and commitment especially among the lakeshore communities. It uses a tested experiential learning curriculum that includes learning sessions, field exposure visits and action planning sessions.  The Eco-Campers are being trained to plan, conceptualize and implement pilot projects heavily focused on ecosystem-based approach on wetlands conservation and/or Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. Since 2004, the Youth Eco-Camp has been implemented in 21 lakeshore municipalities in Laguna de Bay.  Outside of Laguna de Bay region, the SCPW has also conducted several Ecocamps in Agusan, Mindoro, and Batangas. A Manual on how to conduct the SCPW Youth Ecological Camps has been published through World Food Programme as part of a project that employed the Eco-Camp as platform for engaging the Youth in disaster preparedness.

 

Learning and conservation outcomes: High school students and teachers have increased awareness on wetland and wetland conservation as well as disaster preparedness.  Youth campers formed the CLEAR (Conservation of Laguna de Bay’s Environment and Resources) Youth Network across more than 100 high schools.  They implement school- and community-based wetland conservation activities. (www.wetlands.ph)

Audience: Youth (particularly high school students), and teachers. Academic institutions. Local government Units.  Each session has an average of about 30 campers to optimize learning.

Cost: USD4,000/session

Key themes: Wetland conservation through experiential learning; Disaster risk preparedness

Equipment/resources required: Resource persons/experts, venue and accommodation, boat and safety equipment ie life vests for field work, equipment for learning sessions (laptop, projector), equipment for field exposure trips (transect ropes, stop watch timer, camera,etc)  and materials for action planning workshops.