Tuesday, 16 February 2016 00:00

Further Dissemination of Eco-mapping in Yogya

The Environment Agency of Yogyakarta City is collaborating with GIZ PAKLIM WA3 to disseminate eco-mapping in three schools, as well as in waste bank communities, where people can exchange recyclable trash for money.   Eco-mapping, which raises environmental awareness through practical activities, is implemented in five steps over an initial timeline of 9-12 months. The five steps are Introduction, Environmental Audit, Action Plan Follow-up, Performance Check, and Internal Audit.   At the launch of the eco-mapping on 20 November 2015, Mrs Ika, Head of Capacity Development at Yogyakarta Environment Agency, explained how the activity can support the Adiwiyata (Green Schools) program by enabling communities to develop environmental assessments and action plans.   “By implementing the eco-mapping process, it is expected that participating schools and waste bank communities will come up with reasonable and measureable environmental action,” she said.   Representatives of Yogyakarta’s Junior High School 7, Senior High School 1, and Senior High School 7, as well as a waste bank group called Miggunani, attended the Introduction, which explained top management’s commitment to the entire cycle, which is crucial for the process.   Environmental audits were conducted over 9-14 January 2016 with assistance from staff of a former eco-mapping pilot school, Senior High School 6 Bekasi. The schools and waste bank communities are now equipped with skills to identify environmental problems and find solutions. Such participative action should foster a sense of environmental stewardship among the young participants, enabling them to tackle environmental issues related to energy, waste, water, land, air pollution and risk.   A peer-to-peer workshop opened up opportunities for insight and collaboration through sharing and evaluating action plans among the schools.   When the fifth step of the eco-mapping process concludes, it does not mark the end. Instead, it’s the start of a challenging journey for the selected schools and waste bank group to continue efforts to improve local environmental awareness and management.