The Malinau survey provided significant insight into "what is important
to communities living in tropical forest landscapes”. The MLA team wanted to
give back this information to the Malinau communities and help them
communicate their needs to other local stakeholders.
prepared four posters and a set of
playing cards for that purpose
and later produced a film. Our information also contributed to the new
environmental education curriculum for the district.
Environmental education materials
Survey results also contributed to an environmental education curriculum,
which was developed in 2004 by the Education service of Malinau district, with
assistance from WWF Kayan Mentarang.
By way of stories, children are taught about the specific environment they
live in, its resources, use and problems of management there might be.
See here for some sample pages of the books.
The CIFOR-MLA team is grateful for a World Bank grant that
allowed us to develop this website and the above set of dissemination
materials for local stakeholders.
Environmental education booklets for Malinau
Since 2000, the Education Services of district governments, are allowed to
determine the content of education for several subjects. One of these is
environmental education, and WWF-Kayan Mentarang was quick to take the
opportunity to assist local governments with developing a curriculum.
are pages from the environmental education book for grade X. The first chapter
is about water.
The story and the drawing tell about special places in the forest, where salty
water comes to the surface.
attracts wild animals, who are often short of minerals. Local people know this
and if they want to hunt and animal for food, they can come to these places and
wait for an animal to come.
This page comes from the chapter on Water in the 6th
grade book. It tells the story about the Pelian fish (Tor tambra), which
is the fish that people like most in the Malinau area. It is a large
fish, with nice tasting meat and few bones. It also has a cultural
value, especially for the Merap people, who say that a family that has
just had a new baby should cook and decorate the fish with colorful
beans as devotion to their ancestors.