Making Environmental Education Accessible for the People of Bamyan
Bamyan: The first ever Environment Centre has been established in the province of Bamyan. The centre will provide environmental information and resources to civil servants, staff of non-governmental and civil society organisations, students and the local population.
This is an initiative of the Conservation Organization for Afghan Mountains (COAM), supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Global Environmental Facility (GEF)’s Small Grants Programme. The centre was officially inaugurated by representatives of local government, UNDP and COAM on May 26th in Bamyan City.
“It was great to observe the interest demonstrated by visitors to the Bamyan Environment Centre. We believe this initiative could have a tremendous impact in the entire Bamyan Province, positively affecting livelihoods and providing sustainable options for the community in the days to come”, said the Executive Director of COAM, Habiba Amiri.
The Bamyan Environment Centre is a multi-purpose indoor and outdoor space where environmental education is provided in a locally appropriate and didactic way. In addition to providing information through posters, presentations, exhibitions, demonstrations, books and online materials, there will be a strong focus on participation and interaction through workshops, discussions, training events, films and games.
“We hope that these new initiative will have a positive effect in the conservation of the environment of Bamyan province”, said a representative from the National Environmental Protection Agency, Mohammad Basir Amin.
“We hope the centre will become a forum where the people of Bamyan and all those concerned with the environment can work together to conserve and restore the province’s singular ecosystem”, said the National Coordinator of GEF -Small Grants Programme, Aimal Khaurin.
Aimal Khaurin, Small Grants Programme National Coordinator, Sustainable Development Unit, UNDP.
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