Enacting Biodiversity Education and Transformative Learning within Communities: Lessons and Actions from the Global RCE Network

UNU-IAS will host an online session of the Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2022 on biodiversity education and conservation initiatives.

- Asia/Tokyo

UNU-IAS will organise an online session of the Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa, focusing on innovative solutions developed by Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs). It will explore how the RCE model of multi-stakeholder networks has been utilised to work with communities on biodiversity education and conservation initiatives.

The session will offer both insights on individual conservation projects and a comprehensive analysis of the projects conducted within the entire RCE network. It will detail how working together with a variety of partners, individual RCEs have implemented projects focusing on the protection and restoration of ecosystems, habitats, and species, underscoring the transformative role that education can play in realizing biodiversity conservation. RCE members will reflect on working in the field, providing insights into responses taken in the face of local biodiversity issues, and reflecting on how projects can be modified and improved upon. It will also provide recommendations on how similar projects can be replicated and upscaled across other regions and communities.


To participate in this online event, please register in advance.


This session will be conducted in English.


18:00 Opening Remarks

  • Nancy Pham (Senior Communications Associate, UNU-IAS)

18:10–18:20 Overview of ESD for 2030 and trend analysis of projects from the Global RCE Network 

18:20–18:50 Presentations 

  • Adamu Ahmed (RCE Zaria, Nigeria)

Enhancing understanding of vegetation change within an ecosystem in the Zaria region

  • Brian Waswala (RCE South Rift, Kenya)

Habitat rehabilitation through community engagement and action

  • Anna Liza Santilana (RCE Cebu, Philippines)

Climate action through preservation of indigenous knowledge for mangrove protection and conservation

18:50–19:20 Q&A

Moderator: Jonghwi Park (Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS)

19:20 Closing Remarks

Further details are available on the session page.


The global network of RCEs is dedicated to translating the global agenda of sustainable development into local action. It comprises over 170 RCEs, each of which operates a local multi-stakeholder partnership for ESD.

To learn more about the RCE Network, please visit the RCE Portal.

UNU-IAS at Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2022

UNU-IAS will hold another session at the same conference, as part of its Governance for Sustainable Development research project.


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