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Youth Agenda for the Seas of East Asia

Last modified August 11, 2008

The Youth Agenda is a product of the First East Asian Seas (EAS) Youth Forum which was held December 11-16, 2006 at Haikou City, Hainan, PR China as one of the highlights of the EAS Congress 2006. The Youth Agenda was formed with the hope of providing the participants with a chance to implement and share what was learned during the forum. It comprises the youth's Vision and Mission for the East Asian Seas as well as their recommendations and corresponding plan of action. The framework of the Youth Agenda is embedded in the formula I3 = E; Inform x Inspire x Involve = Youth Empowerment, which signifies the participants' commitment to uphold the protection and management of the environment especially the Seas of East Asia.

Following is the full text of the Youth Agenda. To download a PDF version, click here.

You can also watch as the participants of the First EAS Youth Forum personally express the content of the Youth Agenda for the East Asian Seas. A video was shot and prepared during the Youth Forum in 2006 in Haikou City, Hainan Province, PR China, and can be watch here.

Vision

We envision the seas of East Asia with healthy marine life and abundant resources, where there is harmonious co-existence between the environment and every sector of society and where people of every generation work hand in hand to secure the sustainability of the East Asian seas.

Recommendations

I3 = E
Inform × Inspire × Involve = Empower

Inform

  • Provide education to bring about positive change for the environment
  • Exchange and share information among various stakeholders on sustainable
    development strategies
  • Develop more opportunities for youth to learn how to protect and preserve our marine resources for the future generations
  • Intensify research efforts to develop eco-friendly technologies and to use new
    information technologies such as internet, GoogleEarth

Inspire

  • Increase appreciation of the value of the environment
  • Promote protection of the environment as an integral part of each person’s culture
  • Incorporate education for sustainable development as a compulsory element starting from preschool through all educational levels

Involve

  • Encourage public, civil society, private companies and government involvement to reduce land-based pollution, practice sustainable ecotourism and green consumerism
  • Increase youth involvement in environmental issues including outreach activities for out-of-school youth
  • Create opportunities such as research grants and competitions to encourage youth to apply science & technology in marine conservation

Plan of Action

Inform

Short-term

  • Conduct information dissemination drives (IDD) such as room-to-room discussions on marine environmental issues
  • Use GoogleEarth to input data on local environmental problems for sharing on the World Wide Web
  • Inform young people on the importance of keeping the environment clean by using pictures, simple illustrations, newspaper articles, internet (blogs, online resources)
  • Appeal to colleges/universities to integrate issues relating to marine conservation in their curriculum

Medium-term

  • Organize seminars and training courses for fisherfolks and farmers about sustainable fishing or farming such as nondestructive fishing methods and organic farming
  • Publish consumer guides to encourage consumers to purchase only products from sustainable farming or fishing
  • Set up exhibitions in campuses, town centers and streets to provide easy access to information on environmental protection
  • Translate the useful information materials into local languages

Inspire

Short-term

  • Promote green consumerisms at local households
  • Adopt eco-friendly practices in our homes and campuses such as by using reusable bags instead of plastic bags, saving electricity, taking public transportation and not littering
  • Submit articles on environmental activities and success stories to local newspapers, magazines and the internet

Medium-term

  • Approach companies and encourage them to participate in various environmental events or campaigns

Long-term

  • Voice out to local government units to adopt environmental sustainability when
    creating and/or updating local development plans
  • Report any incidents of illegal and destructive practices on the marine environment to the authorities
  • Promote corporate social responsibility within the private sector by encouraging corporate firms to adopt green technologies (request diving companies to adopt ecofriendly practices; educate pet owners)
  • Organize international exchange programs among the youth to celebrate the cultural diversity in the region

Involve

Short-term

  • Organize expeditions and field trips for young people
  • Join environmental groups
  • Conduct open discussions about environmental issues with friends and/or families
  • Practice the 3Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle

Medium-term

  • Organize fun-filled environmental activities and events such as competitions
    and concerts featuring celebrities who advocate environmental causes
  • Establish and expand a youth network to connect environmental groups from different countries to exchange information and best practices
  • Conduct grassroots donation programs for environmental research such as by placing cash donation boxes in public areas
  • Help train out-of-school youth to work in the ecotourism industry (tour guides, service providers)
  • Continue to organize the EAS Youth Forum

Long-term

  • Network with concerned government agencies, NGOs and POs in conceptualizing and implementing mechanisms to bring national policies to the community level
  • Involve youth as volunteers in creating an inventory of available resources
  • Set up an integrated network to ensure sustainability of forums and conferences
  • Contribute ideas to experts and policymakers in developing and implementing effective monitoring that will ensure compliance to sustainable resource use
  • Volunteer to replant and restore coastal forests and mangroves
  • Volunteer to control forest fires