Harnessing the Youth for Conservation:
The Youth Ecological Camp
A strategy for promoting stewardship for Agusan Marsh is through the informed participation of its young generation. The continued awareness campaign and participation of the youth can offer a sustainable approach in the conservation of the lakes biodiversity and culture in the years to come. This could create wider partnerships that will complement the management efforts of the communities with the local government units in the area.
Through the Ecological Camp, the youth were taught about conservation concepts and plan and implement school- or community-based projects. These plans are then presented to their respective schools or communities in a Community Forum to solicit their support.
On 04 October 2011, Community Fora were held at Bunawan National High School and Agusan National High School (Bunawan and San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, respectively). Attending the event were school authorities, students and teachers, local government authorities, and parents. The eco-campers presented their projects to solicit support from the audience. The Forum also gave the eco-campers the opportunity to share their learnings to the community as they echoed the lectures and presentations they learned from the 3-day eco-camp.
Community Forum at Bunawan National High School
Community Forum at Agusan National High School