Education for Sustainable Future (ESF)

Venue: Centre for Environment Education

Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Event Date/Time: Jan 18, 2005 End Date/Time: Jan 20, 2005
Registration Date: Jan 17, 2005
Early Registration Date: Nov 30, 2004
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The importance of environment, and its link to development and the quality of
human life, were first addressed on a global level at the Stockholm Conference
on Human Environment in 1972. It was the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs.
Indira Gandhi who focussed attention of the Conference on this link, stating
"environment cannot be improved in conditions of poverty".

This concern underpins the challenge of all the developing countries. A rich
diversity of approaches responding to this challenge has developed in Asia.
Education and communication are key among these.

India recognizes in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development,
an opportunity to not only take stock of what has been done so far, but also
set the course for the future. The Decade is an opportunity not only for those
closely associated with environmental issues to discuss these concerns and initiatives,
but also to reach out and bring the concept of sustainable development to the
consciousness of society at large.

'Education for a Sustainable Future' (ESF) is planned as a forum that will draw
on the rich experience from Asia and the world over. The Conference will help
focus much needed attention on the integral role of Education and Communication
(E&C) in the success of any strategy towards attaining a sustainable future.
It will work towards making this Decade truly effective in leveraging support
for E&C and its strategic use, taking stock of the experiences in this area
and discuss a concrete plan of action for governments, educators, NGOs and other
stakeholders towards a sustainable future.

Thematic Workshops

  1. Education to
    Enhance Livelihood Security

    Focussing on livelihood related issues including agriculture, livestock, rural
    development and finance, poverty alleviation etc.

  2. Information
    Servicing for Cleaner Solutions

    Focussing on cleaner technology options in industrial production and treatment
    of effluents and waste.

  3. Education and
    Communication for Biodiversity Conservation

    Focussing on conservation issues related to wildlife, people and protected
    areas, as well as domesticated and agro-biodiversity.

  4. Strengthening
    Participation for Natural Resource Management

    Focussing on capacity and institutional building for land, water and forest
    resource management.

  5. Education and
    Communication for Waterand Sanitation

    Focussing on drinking water and sanitation linking to health and hygiene.

  6. Education and
    Communication to Support Sustainable Habitats

    Focussing on human settlements, including both rural and urban habitats.

  7. Communication
    to support MEAs

    Focussing on local, regional and international processes to strengthen Multilateral

  8. Environmental
    Agreements (MEA).

    Capacity Building for Waste Management

    Focussing on solid waste management issues including hospital waste management.

  9. Energy Education

    Focussing on issues related to renewable and non-renewable energy sources
    and future options.

  10. Education for
    Ocean Conservation

    Focussing on conserving the marine environment and coasts.

  11. Fragile Ecosystems

    Focussing on strategies for communication and participation needed for protection
    and conservation of fragile ecosystems.

  12. Formal Education

    Focussing on EE in schools, colleges and university education through curricular
    and extracurricular approaches; monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, teacher
    training, etc.; as well as policies to support ESD.

  13. Capacity Building
    for ESD

    Focussing on trends, approaches, needs and priorities for capacity-building
    of different stakeholders.

  14. Enabling Mechanisms

    Focussing on education and communication for strengthening governance and
    institutional mechanisms to support SD; partnerships enabling SD; gender and
    socially equitable participatory processes; conflict resolution.

  15. Information
    and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

    Focussing on emerging information and communication technologies (ICT) and
    their role in ESD.

  16. Media and Communication

    Focussing on the role of mass media and innovative communication tools and
    approaches for ESD.

  17. Reaching out
    to Youth

    Focussing on central role of youth in enabling SD processes, from local to
    the global level.

The earth has enough for everyone’s need but not for anyone’s
.” - Mahatma Gandhi


'Education for a
Sustainable Future' is planned as a forum that will help to:

  • Share the understanding,
    current status and needs of ESD

  • Showcase best practices
    for ESD from differentparts of the world.

  • Strengthen networking
    and active participation of all stakeholders for ESD for the next decade.

  • Develop a Strategy and
    a blueprint of action for the Decade,including India's strategy and its role
    in the Decade.

  • Work towards developing
    guiding principles, roadmaps and priorities for Education for Sustainable
    Development in the Decade.


The environmental movement
in India is based on traditions that date back several centuries. The movement
blends concerns of development and environment while reflecting a broad spectrum
of perspectives and, in its innovativeness, the vibrancy of India. Both government
and non-government organizations (NGOs) have taken significant initiatives as
active partners in this movement.

Following the Stockholm Conference, India set up a separate Ministry of Environment
and Forests. Recognizing the need for specialized institutions in various fields
of environment and development the Ministry created Centres of Excellence in
partnership with NGOs and academic institutions. The Centre for Environment
Education, established in 1984, was one of the first such institutions.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development, entrusted with the overall responsibility
of education at all levels, has seen environmental education as a key input
to the education system. The Ministry supports several initiatives, both through
government institutions and NGOs.

CEE, over the past twenty years, has been working in the field of environmental
education and communication in the country. It has developed innovative programmes,
educational materials, undertaken demonstration projects, and built capacities
in the field of environmental education. Recognizing the complexity and vastness
of the task, CEE has worked in partnership with a range of organizations at
the national, regional and international level. The strategy has been to collaborate
with others to build synergies, achieve a multiplier effect, enhance effectiveness
and widen the range of programmes.


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