en.v is launching a nine-month pilot, funded by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), that aims to build the capacity of local educators and civil society leaders to engage Kuwait’s youth in participatory research projects aimed at environmental protection and sustainability.
Kuwait is currently facing a number of important threats to the environment including in the areas of waste management, biodiversity monitoring and assessment, air quality, and climate change. Although a number of actors are increasingly trying to tackle these issues, their impact to date has been limited due to a lack of coordination, collaboration and knowledge sharing among key stakeholders; a lack of consistent and reliable data on local ecosystems and pollution levels, and a general lack of awareness and responsiveness on the part of the public and institutions. Specifically, we have found that there isn’t enough data available to civil society leaders and educators who wish to generate greater awareness about the country’s environmental challenges and engage the wider community, particularly the country’s large youth population, in addressing them.
For this reason, our Educating for Sustainability program will focus on increasing the capacity and providing funding and support to local educators and environmental activists interested in developing research projects that would generate the kind of data needed to promote environmental action. The training will highlight the use of innovative and community-based methodologies in research and conservation efforts.
The pilot’s activities will kick off with a three-day workshop taking place in late September. Following their participation in the workshop, local educators, activists and researchers will be able to apply for small grants to support their participative research and action projects addressing Kuwait’s most pressing environmental challenges whilst engaging youth.
A final “lessons learned” workshop will also take place to allow participants to share their findings, challenges faced, and explore further opportunities for collaboration.
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