Youth for Clean Air

“Youth for Clean Air (YCA) ” is published by the South Asian Youth Environment Network and the Malé Declaration to encourage various stakeholders, especially the young people, to contribute towards the control and prevention of air pollution in South Asia . 

YCA publication was launched by Hon'able Minister of Environment and Natural Resource , Sri Lanka , Mr. Patali Champika Ranawaka on 20th August, 2008 at the Fifth Malé Declaration Stake Holders's Meeting in Colombo , Sri Lanka . Other dignitaries at the launch included the Chairman, Central Environment Authority ( CEA ), Sri Lanka ; DG, CEA, Sri Lanka ; Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Sri Lanka ; DG, SACEP; and Director, SEI, Sweden . 

This publication, targeted to the youth, plays an essential role, as the world gears up to face the biggest challenge of our time: Climate Change. The publication also underlines the multiple environmental, economic and social benefits of tackling the twin challenges of climate change and air quality and thus promotes measures for climate change mitigation, alongside measures to control and prevent air pollution. It inspires the youth with creative and innovative ways of promoting a low-emission society and a transition to a low carbon one, not only in South Asia but around the globe.


Sub-regional Sustainable Development Strategy (SSDS)

The Sub-regional Sustainable Development Strategy (SSDS), South Asia Youth, " We Hold Our Future " - publication and the film was launched on March 5 th , 2009 at the 9th Annual Collaborative Action Network (CAN) meeting at AIT , Bangkok by Dr. Young Woo Park, Regional Director, UNEP ROAP; Mr. Surendra Shrestha, Representative, UNEP H.Q. and UNEP Regional Advisors in the presence of the CAN members.

The first of its kind, “ We Hold Our Future ” is unique as it provides new light for the youth to be a part of the Sustainable Development (SD) activities in South Asia . Written by youth themselves, eight goals and 23 targets for SD in South Asia have been identified in the publication to address the transboundary environmental issues, emphasizing the need to develop strong cultural ties among all nations in the South Asian sub-region. The publication shares some of the best practices from the sub-region and mentions some key actions/ project ideas that youth could undertake/ proposes to be undertaken for SD in South Asia .


Lessons from Asian Tsunami- 2004

As part of the project, Learnings from Tsunami, conducted by CEE and SAYEN with support from Oxfam America , a study was conducted by youth in four countries India , Indonesia , Sri Lanka and Maldives . Based on the inputs from the study, three publications were developed as “Lessons from the Asian Tsunami- 2004”. These are: 

1. Spirit of Survival: Stories from the Depths of a Tsunami 
2. Threads of Disaster Management: Weaving Youth Insights from Tsunami Response into a Learning      Document
3. Nurturing Humanitarianism: Documentation and Training as a way of Preparing Youth for Disaster      Management 

The first document is a compilation of stories of survival and restoration, the second is an analytical report based on the documentation from the field that was brought together by youth in each country and the third document is a case study of how youth have been involved by CEE, SAYEN and other organisations in disaster management and other issues. The document focuses on youth within the Learnings from Tsunami project and highlights some of their experiences and how this has further helped them in building career. 

The publications were launched by Prof. N. Vinod C. Menon, Honourable Member, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at the Valediction function of the SAYEN India National Youth Meet on 4 th October, 2009 .


South Asian Regional Initiative (SARI)/ Energy

A USAID supported initiative, SARI/ Energy, a small grants project helped SAYEN to involve youth in water conservation for energy conservation. The initiative was undertaken by SAYEN members in India and Sri Lanka . Case examples from the two countries were documented and published as a Best Practices Document.




Internship Series

The Internship Modules have been created as a three part series. Volume 1 covers the subject of Sustainable Development. Volume 2, gives the reader an insight into the various kinds of Field Methods that can be used in projects and community work. The third volume is based on the theme of the Internship, which for the year 2006-07 was Disaster Management; this volume covers the basic ground of the subject and also delves into the aspect of Learning, Myths and types of approaches to study a disaster. 


Green Curriculum

“Green Curriculum” is a report on the analysis of primary school curriculum in Maldives with recommendations on Greening. 

The Maldives Green Curriculum Report was officially launched on 30th April, 2009 along with the Maldives National Sustainable Development Strategy and the Third National Action Plan by Dr. Mohamed Shareef, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Housing, Transport and Environment, Maldives ; Dr. Young Woo Park, Regional Director, UNEP and Mr. Amjad Abdulla, Director General. The report was well appreciated.


Children of the Monsoon

"Children of the Monsoon: State of the Environment 2002," is a colourful collection of stories written by youth from South Asia . The stories are written according to how youth at that time perceived the environment and the development issues. Stories and poems express the concern that youth have for polluted air, congested cities and principles and culture and so on. The publication was created by UNEP in collaboration with South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and Development Alternatives.


MDGs Background

The document is part of a number of pre-conference documents developed for the participants of the Tunza International Conference 2005. The document orients youth on the MDGs and what is expected after the successful achievement of these goals. It also provides information about the some of the important national and international strategies- Decade for Sustainable Development (DESD), Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Education for All (EFA) and United National Literacy Decade (UNLD). It highlights the opportunities that DESD provides youth and orients to the current statues of the MDGs in a few countries.


MDG Youth Action Cases Papers by Youth

The case studies document was developed as another pre-conference document for the participants of the Tunza International Youth Conference 2005. The Conference oriented youth to the MDGs and their roles. The case study document was created by young people to share ideas to undertake “action” or link up with movement already happening in their respective countries.