Two Students Selected to Represent Indonesia in International Environmental Forum in Germany
After going through a rigorous screening process, two Indonesian students are selected to represent the country as Bayer Young Environmental Envoy (BYEE) 2013. Both will take a field trip to Germany on November 11-15, 2013 where they will have opportunity to learn about trends and perspectives in the fields of environmental protection and sustainability.
“Bayer recognizes that the involvement of youth in providing solutions for environmental issues will play a significant role in determining the future of communities from which they come. These young generations are still fired up by their passion, enthusiasm and ideals and want to make a difference. Through their environmental projects, they are set off to give greater contribution and we are very proud of them,” says Dr. Thomas-Peter Hausner, President Director of PT Bayer Indonesia.
“For years, Bayer has placed great emphasis on promoting youth environmental programs. In cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Bayer organizes and promotes a number of specific projects which aim to improve knowledge about the environment among young people and support them in their environmental commitment.” he added.
Dr. Noviar Andayani, the Executive Director of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), one of implementation partner for BYEE in Indonesia, expresses her optimism. “BYEE introduced numerous alumni who remain active in their project, albeit their absence from the program. This has proven that the program is far from a mere contest but a process of embedding commitments of young generations to apply the value of sustainable development in daily life, wherever they are.” Alongside RARE, WCS has given solid support in carrying out BYEE program in Indonesia by continuously becoming BYEE’s partner for the past three years.
Atika Putri Astrini from Padjajaran University Bandung and Saiful Syadir from Hasanuddin University, Makassar have been selected to represent Indonesia on the international environmental forum in Leverkusen, Germany, following a convincing project presentation before the panel of judges. Atika introduced her project in changing community behavior on using plastic bag, through a smart shopping bag system–Vertesac. Saiful, on the other hand, was selected with his mangrove rehabilitation program to conserve coastal ecosystem and conducting community development in Tanakeke Island, Takalar, South Sulawesi. Saiful works first-hand with the community, while offering an alternative economy. Atika won “The Best Project” of BYEE Indonesia 2013 and will represent Indonesia in the global BYEE competition.
Bayer Young Environmental Envoy is a collaboration of Bayer and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to educate young generation in environmental topics. At first, BYEE program was held in Asia in 1998 and was particularly focused on new emerging economy countries. Initiated in Thailand, BYEE program has expanded into Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Venezuela, Vietnam and Argentina. Costa Rica joined for the first time in 2012.