APYA stands for Asia Pacific Youth Assembly. It is an assembly to gather the young people from Asia Pacific countries in discussing and generating ideas for solutions to face the current environmental issues.

“Utilizing Young People to Act on the Environmental Issues Solution”


* Youth Initiative on Environmental Issues
* Leadership and Environment
* Managing the Environment: Adaptation and Mitigation


Date : 2-6 August, 2011
Venue : Jakarta (tentative, place will be informed soon)


* Participants will get mutual understanding about the environmental issues they are facing in their own countries
* Participants will propose and formulate an action that can be implemented in their own countries.
* This action can be implemented through the action plan to be conducted and organized by youth, NGO, Governmental and International Organizations.
* A global youth network on developing a sustainable development


1. Australia
2. Bangladesh
3. Brunei Darussalam
4. Cambodia
5. Indonesia
6. Japan
7. Laos
8. Malaysia
9. Myanmar
10. New Zealand
11. Papua New Guinea
12. Philippines
13. Republic of China
14. Singapore
15. South Korea
16. Taiwan
17. Thailand
18. Timor-Leste
19. Vietnam
Dear friends,


THEME: Reshaping Our future through A Green Economy and Sustainable Lifestyle

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia will be organizing its Tunza International Children & Youth Conference on the Environment , from 26 to 30 September 2011. It will bring together 1400 children and youth, to discuss their role and inputs to the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development " Rio+20". Under the slogan 'Reshaping Our future through A Green Economy and Sustainable Lifestyle'.

The conference will also review the contribution of youth to the International Year of Forests and how they can adopt more environment-friendly lifestyles. The conference themes are Rio + 20 (Green Economy) / Green Lifestyles, Forests, Sustainable Consumption and State of the Global Environment from the youth perspective.

Nominations must be submitted to UNEP on or before 30 June 2011*******

To apply, please follow this link  http://bit.ly/jmjZuG

For further information on the conference, please contact:

The Children and Youth / Sport and the Environment Unit Division of Communications and Public Information
Email: children.youth@unep.org
Fax: +254 -20-762 3927

In his recent opinion article in these pages, Agus Purnomo, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s special adviser on climate change, blamed the environmental movement’s attack on the presidential instruction on the logging moratorium, saying the criticism overlooked the many good aspects of the decree, which puts a two-year halt on new permits to clear primary forests and carbon-rich peatland.

We commend the president for taking steps to protect the remaining forests in Indonesia, but as civil society organizations, it is our duty to speak out when the measures are not the right ones.

We agree and appreciate most of Agus’s arguments. The moratorium does indeed provide momentum to begin much-needed reform of the country’s forestry sector. Conceptually, the moratorium has revived long-lasting efforts advocated by the environmental movement to adopt sustainable development principles and to respect human rights. There is now increased awareness of the hazards that deforestation and forest degradation pose to our nation.

However, Agus failed to acknowledge that the substance of the presidential instruction is far below even the most modest expectations, thus failing to fulfill Indonesia’s national and international commitments.

We had expected the moratorium to move beyond business as usual. Environmental organizations and human rights supporters had made a number of recommendations to make this so.

First, we suggested the moratorium cover all existing natural forest and peatlands in Indonesia, including secondary forests that are especially diverse in species and that often contain vast amounts of carbon. Such forest areas are crucial to local peoples’ livelihoods.

Second, we said the moratorium should include a review of existing permits, to assess their compliance with social and environmental requirements.

Third, that there should be a plan for conflict resolution that would help resolve the numerous land feuds around the country.

Fourth, we had expressed a need for a new legal framework that would put an end to the current destruction while also ensuring the rights of marginalized communities that have been denied access to their land and resources.

Fifth, we called for the moratorium to be based on achievements, rather than a pre-set time frame. We hoped it would refer to the real conditions that need immediate and concrete action in order to protect our forests, and last until sustainable and rights-based forest management could be ensured.

Finally, we advised that the moratorium should be based on the achievement of “Social Welfare for All Indonesian People,” as mandated by the nation’s state ideology, Pancasila.

Sadly, none of these recommendations were adopted by the president in his instruction. It can be claimed that the scope of the Ministry of Forestry’s strategic plan for 2010-2014 is more forward-thinking than the moratorium. For instance, the strategy includes bureaucratic reform and accountability measures, as well as community empowerment initiatives. Furthermore, the 2009 Law on Environmental Protection and Management commissions a review of existing permits based on environmental standards.

These crucial steps are not sufficiently covered in the presidential instruction. So how, then, can Agus claim that the moratorium offers a “clean sheet” and “an opportunity to refine regulation of land use permits, establish a database of degraded land, designate land for development and find ways to support companies to move into degraded land?”

Agus is referring to crucial steps if we want to protect our remaining forests, but the moratorium is too weak to ensure any of this. For years, the Ministry of Forestry has been called on to improve governance by creating greater transparency in granting licenses and ensuring the meaningful participation of forest communities in policy-making processes.

But nothing has changed so far. Therefore, we urge the president to be brave and progressive enough to implement the necessary measures to rectify this weak moratorium. Among these steps could be a strong mandate to a new institution, with the power to revise existing concessions and cancel those which are violating our laws, destroying our forests and denying the human rights of our people.

Indonesia’s forest cannot wait any longer. For its sake, and for that of all those who depend on forest areas for their livelihoods, we hope the president will reconsider the nature of the current decree and take the opportunity to implement the reforms needed to solve problems in the forestry sector.

Bernadinus Steni is a member of the Jakarta-based Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for the Rescue of Indonesian Forests and the Global Climate.

Article Source http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/opinion/for-indonesias-forests-a-broken-promise/446266

10 Easy Steps to Green Your Event

  1. Use internet for the invitation & RSVP, more interactive and attractive. Otherwise, print on recycled paper & print with vegetable-based ink.
  2. Provide lots of recycle bins at the venue and frequent visual and verbal reminders to recycle and reduce waste.
  3. For centerpieces and other event decorations, use objects and materials that can be used again for various settings. Potted native plants work well. Encourage participants to take the plants home with them to grow in their yard or garden. If centerpieces or decoration items are not reusable, consider donating them to a local charity.
  4. Use reusable cups or mugs as promotional products. Participants can use these during the event and then take home.
  5. Select venues adjacent to public transportation and with sufficient bicycle racks.
  6. Consider the use of reusable or compostable cutlery, dishware and linens. Do not use disposable dishware, use chinaware or metal flatware. Don't use polysterene products. Provide incentives for attendees to bring reusable items (e.g. mugs, utensils) rather than expect disposable serviceware.
  7. Assure that there are vegetarian meal options, and ensure they are organic & Fair Trade.
  8. Waste management is the reduction of and recovery of natural resources that can be recycled, reused repaired, composted or redirected. With proper planning of events and meetings you can reduce the waste produced by diverting from the landfills and therefore reduce the greenhouse gasses that would be produced.
  9. Save Energy. Coordinate with the event venue to ensure lights, audio visual equipment and air conditioning will be turned off when rooms are empty.
  10. Keep members involved. Ensure sustainability is adapted by the management, contractor and participants at all level.

2011/05/30 By Dharshini Balan andIli Liyana Mokhtar news@nst.com.my

Fomca wants money  from the increase in the revenue channelled towards research on renewable energy and green technology.
Fomca wants money from the increase in the revenue channelled towards research on renewable energy and green technology.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians should make a concerted effort to minimise energy consumption in their homes, Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca) chief executive officer Datuk Paul Selvaraj said."Eventually electricity tariff will reflect market prices, there is no escaping this. As such, consumers should start with low-energy home appliances, switching off electrical items when not in use; small steps that will make a difference," he said yesterday.