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A workshop on Biodiversity Curriculum materials was facilitated 4 - 5 April 2014 by YANI in partnership with the Gorontalonese Provincial government (Environment and Education departments). The workshop was opened by the Provincial Government Secretary (Sekda), Professor Winarni Monoarfa and led by Dr. Sri Nurani Kartikasari (PhD on Stakeholder Perceptions of Biodiversity in Gorontalo, University of Lincoln, New Zealand, funded by the UK government’s Darwin Initiative Programme through YANI). 40 participants from Gorontalo Province (teachers, educators and related

government staff) attended, the purpose was to consult with local stakeholders on a 100-page draft of Conservation Curriculum Materials for primary school children in Gorontalo province already prepared by Dr. Kartikasari. YANI plans to integrate these into the Indonesian Environment Ministry’s existing national Adiwiyata Schools Environment Programme. A visit by the workshop group was made to Kabila Primary School Six, which has been ranked first in Gorontalo Province for its Conservation achievements under the Adiwiyata programme.

The workshop group were warmly welcomed at this school by the headmistress and pupils: welcome dances and songs were performed by the children. Participants expressed extremely positive feedback on this whole activity, which was funded by ADMCF and Save Our Species (IUCN). Next steps will include adding all stakeholder feedback into the draft Curriculum Materials followed by colour printing of the Teachers Handbook and Pupils Activity Book, to be disseminated to primary schools throughout Gorontalo Province.

Selected Archive News

A new generation of Indonesian conservationists (IUCN, July 2012)

“My name is Mansur. I waded across the rushing Nantu River.”

Paving the way to the future (Jakarta Post, March 2012)

“Citra and Meldian are both 20 years old and students of English.”

Nantu’s forest facing endless threats (Jakarta Post, March 2012)

“It is always lively and noisy in the forest of Nantu in the morning.”

Distressed place and faded grace in North Sulawesi (Mongabay, October 2011)

“The enormous sizes and broad diversity of Nantu’s trees seemed like the handiwork of special effects engineers.”

Gigantic wasp with long, powerful jaws (University of California, 2011)

“A warrior wasp? A wasp with jaws longer than its front leggs?”

Saving Sulawesi’s ‘pig-deer’ (Mongabay, 2010)

“Since achieving legal protection of the Nantu forest Clayton and local collaborators have set up a number of innovative...”

Pigging silly (Daily Telegraph, 2008)

“But it works. A day’s journey upriver from the nearest settlement, Dr Clayton had held back the threats of illegal logging...”

Curly-tusked boxing pigs rejoice (BBC, 2004)

“The government of Gorontalo province on Sulawesi has increased the size of the animals’ stronghold, Paguyaman forest.”