2012 has been proclaimed by the Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia to be the year of Environmental Education in Georgia.
This is also the year when Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development: Tbilisi+35 is to be held in September.
Besides, 2012 is the first year when Environmental Education Week has been taking place and this should be a good start of a new tradition of EEW celebration. The EEW encompasses an array of Environmental Education (EE) activities implemented by different stakeholders on national level. The EEW mobilizes different EE projects under one umbrella.
The Intergovernmental Conference Tbilisi+35:Environmental Education for Sustainable Development will bring together around 300 delegates from all parts of the world to carry forward the global appeal for environmental education as a means for sustainable development set forth by the 1977 Tbilisi Declaration.The Declaration was adopted at the world’s first Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education (EE) organized in Tbilisi,Georgia, by UNESCO in cooperation with UNEP.
The 1977 Tbilisi Declaration established a framework for formal and non-formal EE activities at the local, national, and international levels and provided “fundamental principles for the proposals” in Agenda 21 and a set of other documents and global initiatives that followed. This Declaration marks a key milestone in terms of EE as the first global attempt to promote a far reaching goal for education encompassing learning for economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects of development. Tbilisi+35 shares the same vision of a world in which prosperity, environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, and social equality in all forms coexist and mutually reinforce each other.