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 Youth 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 22-24 June 2011, the Youth Ecological Camp for Agusan Marsh was conducted at the Provincial Training Center of Agusan del Sur. Thirty-three (33) high school students from various schools of Banawan and San Francisco participated in the 3-day eco-camp. Participating schools were Bunawan National High School, Agusan del Sur National High School, Buenasuerte National High School, New Visayas National High School and Mount Carmel College.