| Strengthening Civil Society Networks and Leadership Skills
The UNEP Eco-Peace Leadership Centre, a joint initiative of the Eco-Peace Leadership Centre Foundation (EPLCF) and UNEP, was inaugurated in August 2006.
The UNEP-EPLC aims develop and provide environmental education programmes to strengthen research, technical and managerial skills of civil society in developing countries in the region. The Centre supports environment projects, conferences and workshops, scholarships as well as research and demonstration projects. In addition, the Centre serves as a domestic and regional hub for training, scientific research and information exchange. It provides a platform where civil society in Asia Pacific can constructively engage in dialogue and exchange information and foster greater knowledge and leadership skills to encourage environmentally sustainable development, a much needed focus in a region with some of the fastest-growing economies in the world.