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International Eco-Schools Conference




Water, the Source of Life

About IESC - International Eco-Schools Conference

How is Eco-Schools and IESC related?

The Eco-Schools Programme (ESP) aims to support participating schools to implement a whole-school approach towards educating students and the public on sustainability and environmental conservation. The programme also promotes sustainable development through environmental education (including formal school education, training of staff and general awareness raising). IESC came about as a platform used to achieve these goals.

What is the International Eco-Schools Conference?

An annual conference that allows participants across Malaysia and from abroad to meet, share and exchange their school’s sustainability initiatives in a conducive environment. Held each year in a unique and significant location within Malaysia, the conference offers eye-opening experiences for students and teachers with talks, hands-on workshops and field visits.


It instills a sense of environmental stewardship among students and urges them to care for the planet. Participants will form a strong network of informed and engaged agents of change for a sustainable world while having fun and making friends. The conference consists of talks by subject experts, hands-on learning workshops and field trips in order to expose the participants to different focus of conservation. Participants also learn how to collaborate together towards a common goal, protecting the environment through peer learning (brainstorming and sharing sessions). 

IESC 2017 participants. Last year's IESC was held in Melaka.

About IESC

The Conference - International Eco-Schools Conference 2018

What is it?

The IESC 2018 Conference is a 5-day conference & will be held in Sungkai, Perak. Conference participants will be able to enhance their knowledge & be agents of change through sharing sessions, hands-on activities, workshops, educational outings & more!

Paid conference participants will be entitled to receive the following* :

1. Accommodation & transportation during the conference
2. Complete daily meal
3. Conference kit 


Why is the theme this year 'Water, the Source of Life' ?

Themed "Water, the Source of Life", the conference is set to take place in Perak. Partnered with the long-time Eco-Schools participant SMK Sungkai, WWF-Malaysia is also working with SK Bandar Behrang 2020, the first primary school in Peninsular Malaysia awarded the Green Flag Award in 2017. Perak is also home for the North Banjaran Titiwangsa, where it supplies most of the freshwater for Peninsular Malaysia, as well as home to the Malayan Tigers. 


Water, the Source of Life

Water, especially freshwater, is essential for humans and all other living organisms on our planet. While we are aware and know the importance of water, we might not realise how our actions in daily life regardless living in the city or rural impacts availability of water. Clean water is critical to all for survival where without it, health and food security are in danger. Although water bodies are abundant in Earth, only 1% is drinkable water source. 

Our natural environment e.g. forest, soils and wetlands contribute to the healthy condition of water. Mangrove for example, filter and trap sediments, metals, pollutants at upstream and preventing them from entering downstream. Highland forest in Peninsula act as water catchment where it provides freshwater to Kelantan, Perak, Pahang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan. River is important to us as a source of water, food, transport, and eco-tourism or even as power source. Hence, it is not surprising for town or cities to be situated along river. However, as developments increases rapidly, it also means it is easier for a bigger chunk of waste to end up in river and ocean. Water pollution is also a serious problem in Malaysia. Malaysia is at number eight in the list of countries that are polluting the ocean the most. 80% of mismanaged waste on land ends up in our ocean through rivers.

Without access to clean water, many aspects of a daily life gets affected. Poor quality of water causes diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, typhoid and others. Can you imagine not being able to go to school, or carry out daily activities because you do not have clean water to drink?  Without proper management and poor infrastructure, water supply might not be accessible for everyone. There are countries across the world that had faced terrible droughts which leads to hunger and malnutrition. Increasing number of population also means higher consumption of water and water treatment. This is unsustainable as higher demands of water causes more dams and water treatment plant to be built which uses other natural resources, like land.

Do you know where your water comes from?


Water Footprint

How many of you have heard the term “water footprint”? We need water to make all our food, clothes, or any products at all. Water footprint calculates the amount of water needed or used in our products, meals or services. For example, water needed to make a cup coffee or to grow rice, to wash your car or even to make that beautiful dark blue jeans. Hence, choose wisely before you buy a product. We need to make ensure our water resources are protected and available for future generations as well

"No water, no life. No blue, no green." - Sylvia Earle

Why attend?

This is the seventh International Eco-Schools Conference organised by WWF-Malaysia, & will be bigger & better! Not only will the science & policy be at the cutting edge; the conference will be carried out by Eco-warriors with many years of valuable experience & knowledge on sustainability. IESC 2018 will host participants, aged between 10 to 17 years old, throughout Malaysia. Thus, we urge interested Eco-Schools to participate in the conference. Alas, space is limited, but we’ll pack in all that we can!

Who are the speakers?

IESC 2018 brings together expert speakers from the private sector, academia, & Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) with many years of valuable experience & knowledge on sustainable development. 

When and where is the conference?

IESC 2018 conference is a 5 days 4 nights conference. It will be held from 9 to 13 December 2018 in Perak.

Registered conference participants are required to attend the entire 5-day IESC 2018 conference.

Conference Schedule

Note: Activities may differ during the conference.

The Conference

The Speakers - International Eco-Schools Conference 2018

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How do I sign-up ?

Note : If you require supporting documents to participate IESC 2018, please find the documents in the IESC 2018 Online Application Form via the link above.

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Jessie Chew

Eco-Schools Programme Manager 


Tel: 03-7450 3773 Ext 6320



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