- Environmental Education (EE) has been defined as the process of helping people, through formal and non-formal/informal education, to acquire understanding, skills and values that will enable them to participate as active and informed citizens in the development of an ecologicallysustainable and socially-just society.
- ASEAN developed and implemented the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan 2000 – 2005 (AEEAP) which ended in 2005. The ASEAN Environment Ministers at their 10th Informal Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand endorsed the AEEAP 2008 – 2012 as the successor plan to the AEEAP 2000 – 2005 and in particular as ASEAN’s contribution to UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
- The AEEAP 2008 – 2012 serves to realise a clean and green ASEAN, rich in cultural traditions, with citizens who are environmentally literate, imbued with environmental ethic, willing and capable to ensure the sustainable development of the region through environmental education and public participation efforts. The AEEAP 2008 – 2012 focuses on the formal sector; non-formal sector; human resources capacity building; and networking, collaboration and communication.
- The ASEAN Environment Ministers also approved the establishment of an ASEAN Working Group on Environmental Education to oversee and coordinate the implementation of AEEAP 2008 – 2012. The Working Group is also guided by the ASCC Blueprint 2009-2015.
|ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2009-2015|
|Section D.3: Promoting sustainable development through environmental education and public participation|
|Strategic Objective: Establish a clean and green ASEAN, rich in cultural traditions where the values and practices of the people are in accordance with the rhythm and harmony of nature, with citizens who are environmentally literate, imbued with the environmental ethic, and willing and capable to ensure the sustainable development of the region through environmental education and public participation efforts.|
- Activities carried out under the purview of the AWGEE include ASEAN Eco-schools Award Programme, ASEAN Plus Three Youth Environment Forum, ASEAN Plus Three Leadership Programme on Sustainable Production and Consumption, ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Development Film Festival, and ASEAN Environment Year.
- The ASEAN Environment Year (AEY) celebration is held once every three years as a part of ASEAN’s efforts in promoting environmental awareness at all levels of society, highlighting ASEAN’s environmental achievements, and strengthening partnerships among AMS as well as with ASEAN Dialogue Partners, private sector, civil society and non-governmental organisations, in addressing environmental challenges in the region. The first AEY was held in 1995, followed by AEY 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009.