Friday, 02 September 2016 00:00

Training of Trainers on Eco-mapping in Yogyakarta

Efforts to improve environmental management in the ancient temple city of Yogyakarta have received a boost with additional training for selected schools and a wastebank community conducting eco-mapping.   GIZ PAKLIM Work Area 3 on Climate Change Awareness and Education, together with the Yogyakarta City Environmental Agency, had in late 2015 commenced a multi-tiered eco-mapping process for a wastebank community and seven schools, including state junior high schools (SMPN), senior high schools (SMAN) and vocational high schools. The process had reached the second stage, an environmental audit, and was considered in need of reinforcement.   Over February 16-18, 2016, the Yogyakarta Education Office and Environmental Agency joined forces with GIZ PAKLIM to hold a training workshop on eco-mapping. The training was led by two experienced facilitators from other GIZ PAKLIM WA3 pilot schools, Mrs Dwi Iriani (SMAN 7 Malang) and Mrs Luci Christiyanti (SMAN 6 Bekasi).   The training provided participants with skills in eco-mapping implementation at a more advanced level to ensure the process can be expanded and sustained. Attendees discussed lessons learned and best practices from their experience in managing the green movement.   During the three-day workshop, participants received technical training in climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as managerial training such as leadership skills, organizational culture and action plan creation. They also broadened their understanding of environmental and climate change issues and learned how to improve their creative and strategic thinking.   The training marked the start of a journey toward providing communities with higher environmental awareness and environmental management. By sharing their initiatives, the teachers, principals and wastebank representatives gained new insights into managing environmental issues.   Waste management, energy conservation and school-wastebank collaboration were the top three issues in the action plan formulated by participants. It is expected that a strong relationship and joint cooperation will result from the workshop. The wastebank community’s skills in managing waste will be useful to schools, while in return, the schools’ creative human resources can help the wastebank to popularize environmental management.   Budi Nugroho, a teacher of SMAN 1 Yogyakarta, said the reinforcement, especially the leadership training, would enable the schools and communities to better protect their local environment. “Having trained in climate change adaptation and mitigation, leadership, organizational culture and action plan creation within these three days, I’m sure we will able to create an impactful action plan,” he said.