Indonesia is the pilot country representing Asia and the Pacific for the “Institutional Strengthening of Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) - Advancing ESC Policy and Implementation Strategies” project. Indonesia is located in Southeastern Asia, an archipelago between the Indian and the Pacific Ocean. It has a population of 248,216,193 (July 2011 est.), of which 44 per cent live in urban centres. The literacy rate in Indonesia is 90.4 percent of the total population. Indonesia, an archipelago consisting of 17,508 islands, of which 6,000 are inhabited, faces numerous environmental challenges including deforestation, water pollution from industrial wastes, sewage, air pollution in urban areas and smoke and haze from forest fires.

The project’s duration in Indonesia is October 2011 to November 2013. The local implementing partner is Yayasan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan (YPB) or Foundation for Sustainable Development. The project is implemented by YPB, with the UNEP’s support, guidance and technical assistance, and the involvement of other key partners such as the Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). Various Indonesian government ministries are actively involved in the project’s development, including the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Education and Culture

Project progress

  1. The Review and Analysis of existing national policy frameworks and initiatives in Indonesia relevant to ESC, sustainable development, sustainable consumption and production and education strategies/plans was completed in March 2012. This document is available in English.
  2. The multi-stakeholder national roundtable discussion with policy-makers and education experts, and other stakeholders, to develop best approaches and tools for ESC, took place on 16-17 March 2012, in Jakarta, Indonesia, bringing together relevant ministries (e.g. environment, education), education experts and civil society to discuss how to adapt Here and Now! ESC Recommendations and Guidelines to national contexts, priorities and needs. The report of the meeting is available in English. Click here for pictures of the meeting.
  3. The development and dissemination of national guidelines and recommendations on ESC takes place following the multi-stakeholder national roundtable discussion. The development guidelines and recommendations on ESC for Indonesia was finalized in December 2013. The Introduction to Education for Sustainable Consumption in Indonesia: Recommendations and Guidelines for Policymakers and Educators are available for download in English and Bahasa Indonesian
  4. Monitoring and Evaluation: YPB tested the recommendations and guidelines throughout 2013, to gather feedback and input from key organizations in the country on the guidelines and how they can be improved. The final draft of the guidelines takes this feedback into account. From July - December 2014, UNEP will follow up with key government ministries and civil society to monitor the use of the guidelines as well as gather lessons learned from the project. These results will be available online by December 2014.

For more information on the project, please contact:
Ms. Darwina Widjajanti, YPB: or