Monday, January 12, 2009

Mika Vanhanen - ENO GURU

Activities For 2009

1.Climate Fun Run,15.01.2009

2.ENO Cilamte Change Campaign,19-25.01.2009

3.Climate Change Tree Planting Campaign,29-31.01.2009

4.World Wetlands Day,2.02.2009
5.Cameron Highlands Water Watch,19-21.02.2009

6.World Water Day 2009

Climate Change

5R Projects

Green School Garden

Water Monitoring


Have you given much thought to the quality of water around you? Perhaps not, but thousands of others throughout the world have.
This important annual outreach invites citizens throughout the world to monitor the quality of local streams, rivers, lakes, ponds and other water resources anytime from 18 September to 18 October and report the results to an international database. This event is part of a month-long monitoring window prior to the day of celebration that provides opportunities to educate the world’s citizens and students about the importance of water quality monitoring and personal stewardship of our water resources.
World Water Monitoring Day 2008 Coordinator for Malaysia, Kalaimani Supramaniam believes that more and more students are leading the efforts to protect their local environment with a world shrunken by Internet. They have a better understanding of the interdependence of the important natural resources in a larger global setting.
Since 2005, many students have demonstrated knowledge while participating in the World Water Monitoring Day held on 18 September which is similar to the girl scouts of America whom are committed in this event yearly. World Water Monitoring Day presents an important opportunity for young people to become involved on a local, national and international scale.
Students test four basic indicators of water quality; sampling for dissolved oxygen (DO), acidity (pH), temperature and turbidity (clarity) are important, yet basic indicators of the water quality. The monitoring activities help the students to gain first-hand experience in assessing the health of their local watershed in which they live, how watersheds work and how protecting their waters can have beneficial impacts downstream. They can use their data to discuss impacts in their local watershed and compare their finding with others. This is a great way to learn on how monitoring helps to protect our waters. The monitoring activities are easy and fun to carry out.
ENO Environment , Global Environment Centre (GEC-through the River Ranger Programme), Department of Irrigation and Drainage Kedah (DID),Water Environment Federation of USA and International Water Association United Kingdom serve as the primary coordinators for the program according to Kalaimani Supramaniam, ENO Asia Network Coordinator. All the stakeholders will be collaborating with the Students and River Rangers Nation Wide and other interested environmental organizations as they prepare to take part in the month of monitoring activities kicking off this year. All parties concern is committed to sharing and protecting our community’s water ecosystem. They have agreed to join with thousands of volunteers across the globe to sample water quality and report findings on this specific day.
Northern Region GEC Programme Coordinator, Balu Perumal has high aspirations for the Students and RIVER Rangers, saying he hoped the programme would eventually go nationwide. “The younger generation have an integral role to play in water quality monitoring,” he maintains. It is vital to foster environmental awareness and responsibility at a young age. To accomplish this important task, the DID Kedah staff will be on-hand to help test the waters and serve as guides for others who join this effort according to Ir. Mohd Nasir Bin Biding, Kedah DID Director.
While comprehensive monitoring goes on all year, the World Water Monitoring Day unites volunteers and water professionals to highlight the important role that monitoring plays in protecting water quality.
SMK Teloi Kanan of Kedah would be the main coordinator for this worldwide event for the Malaysian Chapter according to Pn Nooriah Bahari, school principal and coordinator for River Care Education Centre based in her school. Some 100 schools nation wide and scout groups would be participating along 1000 schools in more than 100 countries this year.
World Water Monitoring Day 2008 would be launched on 18 Spetember 2008 at SMK Teloi Kanan and a River Camp would be held from 16 to 18 October 2008 where students would be able to share their findings of their month long monitoring.
All participating schools would be given free water monitoring kits this year to conduct water quality test. Every kit can be used for 50 measurements. Information about the Stockholm Junior Water Prize is included in the kit, which is an international competition for young people less than 20 years of age. It is a project based engagement, and suits an individual or a group who want to carry out this as part of their school curriculum
This year the programme is cooperating with UN-water to spread the word about the importance of hand washing by including a brochure with a hand washing instruction and a bar of soap, which can be used for demonstration. 2008 is the International Year of Sanitation, which aims to speed up the provision of improved sanitation services to the world’s population. Improving sanitation and protecting the river quality should go hand in hand. In many countries drinking water is fetched directly from the local river, and open defecation affects the river quality. If people are not healthy due to a lack of good sanitation, it is difficult to be stewards of the water environment.
In 2007, about 46,000 people took part from 45 countries. As for 2008, it is hoped to have even more participants and by 2010, 1 million people would be able to join World Water Monitoring Day.