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Environmental sustainability is one of the core dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international frameworks. About half of the Sustainable Development Goals are related to the environment or address the sustainability of natural resources. The Paris Agreement recognizes the need to promote environmental integrity as a means to addressing climate change. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction aims to protect environmental assets by managing disaster risks. ASEAN itself has the ASEAN Strategic Plan on Environment (ASPEN),  the Roadmap for ASEAN Community 2015 that stipulates a clean and green environment, and the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan (AEEAP).

The AUN’s Thematic Network on Ecological Education and Culture (AUN-EEC) was created to complement these policies and programs. Ecological education is an extended form of environmental education, which aims to develop a citizenry that can make wise choices regarding the impact of anthropological activities. This involves “examining and altering fundamental cultural beliefs and practices that are contributing to the degradation of the planet’s natural systems… [and] “connotes an emphasis on the inescapable embeddedness of human beings in natural settings and the responsibilities that arise from this relationship” (Smith and Williams, 1999). Ecological culture refers to the way human beings conduct themselves in the natural environment as a result of “knowledge, norms, stereotypes,” and recognizes the tension between the needs of society and the need for nature to preserve its systems and stability (Ridei et al., 2013).


By tapping into ASEAN’s established network of universities, AUN-EEC envisions itself to help develop a generation of Southeast Asians who will have the mindset and competencies to conserve and preserve the environment, even as they face the challenges of social change and economic growth, with the region’s mineral deposits, biodiversity, and mixed cultures.

Key Objectives

We hope that this thematic network can serve as a platform:

  • To serve as a platform to help higher education institutions (HEIs) incorporate formal and informal ecological education in the ASEAN
  • To develop cooperation among HEIs and serve as catalysts toward actions that promote a culture of sustainability among ASEAN stakeholders
  • To contribute to the solution of ASEAN social and environmental problems


Invitation to Help Our Network

Thus, the AUN-EEC invites you to contribute or share your thoughts on how we could

  • Translate our awareness and love of nature to environmentally responsible behavior
  • Raise awareness on critical issues
  • Develop curricula/modules/materials that can be used in ecological education
  • Develop skill sets to find sustainable development solutions in our context and setting
  • Undertake initiatives that encourage our communities to support a sustainable lifestyle

To contribute, kindly contact the AUN-EEC Secretariat aun.eec@ateneo.edu.

Current Members

Brunei Darussalam

Universiti Brunei Darussalam


Royal University of Phnom Penh


Institut Teknologi Bandung - School of Life Sciences and Technology

Universitas Airlangga

Universitas Gadjah Mada

Universitas Indonesia


Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Universiti Malaya


University of Mandalay

University of Yangon

Yangon University of Economics


Ateneo de Manila University

De La Salle University

Department of Environment and Natural Resources - National Capital Region

Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University

Tarlac Agricultural University - College of Agriculture and Forestry

(University of the Philippines System)

University of the Philippines Diliman

University of the Philippines Los Baños

University of the Philippines Manila

University of the Philippines Open University

University of the Philippines Visayas

Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan



National University of Singapore


Burapha University

Chulalongkorn University

Mahidol University


Can Tho University

Van Lang University

Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City

VNU University of Science

AUN-EEC Secretariat

Dr Emmanuel Delocado
Dr Emmanuel Delocado (AUN-EEC Executive Director)
Ms Jean Jardaleza Mijares
Ms Jean Jardaleza Mijares
Mr Raul Javier Baquiran
Mr Raul Javier Baquiran
Dr Maria Assunta Cuyegkeng (Immediate Past Executive Director)
Dr Maria Assunta Cuyegkeng (Immediate Past Executive Director)