Synthesis Workshop of the project “Sustainability Transformation Across the Region (STAR)” and the project “Science Harnessed for ASEAN Regional Policy (SHARP)"
In order to demonstrate the sustainability science approach by testing existing frameworks and models developed through a multilevel (community, pilot area and national level) participatory process, involving several regional institutions, universities, research institutes and other governmental institutions, UNESCO Jakarta, in its capacity as the Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, is organizing the Synthesis Workshop of the project “Sustainability Transformation across the Region (STAR)” and “Science Harnessed for ASEAN Regional Policy (SHARP)" from 3 - 4 November 2016 in Langkawi, Malaysia. The workshop aims to synthesize information based on activities and studies conducted; share challenges encountered during the phase as well as the solutions adopted to solve the issues. The workshop is generously supported by both the Japan Funds-in-Trust and Malaysia Funds-in-Trust
These projects are under implementation and demonstration sites are under establishment in countries across the region, including:
• Siem Reap, Cambodia: “Establishment of Sustainable Science Demonstration Project on Restoring and Enhancing Angkor World Heritage Site and Siem Reap City Water Systems”.
• Ifugao Rice Terraces, Philippines: “Establishment of Sustainable Science Demonstration Project on Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras”.
• Langat River Basin, Malaysia: “Establishment of Sustainable Science Demonstration Project on Restoring and Managing Langat River, Malaysia for Future”.
• Langkawi Geopark, Malaysia: “Establishment of Sustainability Science Demonstration Site on Water and Environmental Sustainability Education Linked With Ecotourism in Langkawi Geopark”.
• Davao, Philippines: Demonstration site on “Enhancing Resilience to Disasters of Urban Water Systems of Mindanao”.
The synthesis workshop will bring the partners which have been involved in the implementation of the project to share with each other the results of their activities and studies. These stakeholders will also share the challenges and difficulties encountered during the implementation phase, as well as the solutions adopted to solve the issues. All the information collected will be useful tools that will guide UNESCO in the design and development of future project proposals as well as in the selection of the implementation partners. The workshop will also be used as an opportunity to create a network of sustainability science experts from the region and to encourage them to work and collaborate together in their future activities.