Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is commonly understood as education that encourages changes in knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to enable a more sustainable and just society for all. Education for sustainable development addresses biodiversity by focusing on the interlinking themes of biodiversity and livelihoods, agriculture, livestock, forestry, fisheries, and more. For this reason, ERuDeF is developing an ESD programme that will run in the Deng Dend-Dja Biosphere Reserve Conservation Corridor.
Daily, many plants and animal species are reducing in this landscape due to the continuous fragmentation/destruction of habitats for human activities such as agriculture, fishing, hunting and infrastructural development. All these amount to the fact that locals of Deng Deng are not fully aware of the consequences of their unsustainable management of natural resources.
The ERuDeF’s Education for Sustainable Development programme will be focusing more on raising awareness on the importance of protecting the environment and managing natural resources sustainably. ERuDeF will be organizing workshops to train teachers and other key actors who will participate in awareness raising champagne for environmental protection in schools and communities in and around the Deng Deng landscape. It is hoped that in the few years to come inhabitants of this area must have fully understood the importance of managing natural endowments sustainably, so much so that the future generation will equally have their own share of the endowments.