Organised and run by Gobabeb Research & Training Centre with support from the Ministry of Environment (MET) and Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz), this year marked the seventh YES training. The educational programme focused on familiarising the learners with the
scientific process through a week of intensive fieldwork that addresses specific environmental topics whilst promoting the overall objective of establishing environmental leadership amongst young people.
This year, the YES was constructed around the 2016 International Day for Biological Diversity theme, “Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Sustaining people and their livelihoods”. The United Nations Environment Programme’s Convention on Biological Diversity sets this theme for the annual celebration, held this year on May 22nd, to honour the world’s flora and fauna.
Within a world of dramatically increasing human population and the issues surrounding this such as climate change, sustainable living is becoming an evermore-popular topic. Linking these global environmental challenges to the biodiversity of Etosha National Park proved a great way to introduce the young learners to the environmental sciences in a quintessentially Namibian context.
Namutoni Environmental Education Centre (EEC) was the perfect place to host the 2016 YES. With its abundant and varied wildlife, learners witnessed an array of impressive animals from elephants, rhinos and lions to the black-faced impala, endemic to Namibia and a local conservation recovery
For the week-long training of the YES, learners were split into three separate groups. Each would undertake different research topics and fieldwork, but all were connected by themes of biodiversity conservation and learning the structure of the scientific method.
For more information:
- Gobabeb Research & Training Centre
- Gobabeb Research & Training Centre Facebook page
- Youth Environmental Summit
Ms Gillian Maggs-Kölling
Gobabeb Research and Training Centre
P.O. Box 953
Namib Naukluft National Park