Prior to the TEEA, government agencies duplicated efforts in environmental education due to lack of an integration mechanism. In addition, there was no stable financial support and there were no specific environmental education research centers for EE development. Contact personnel in charge of environmental education in each government agency had few opportunities to enhance or improve their abilities in EE, which limited EE achievement and the efficient promotion of EE.
TEEA could be regarded as a solution to many of the problems that environmental education in Taiwan had been facing over the preceding 10 to 20 years. It was necessary to have a national act to integrate all the resources; certify EE personnel, facilities and places, and institutes; and build up a funding system. Some lessons learned from TEEA include:
The development of environmental education should be sustainable and efficient. If there are only volunteers to work on EE events or activities, it will not be sustainable. EE should be a career. Young people need opportunities to strengthen their environmental protection awareness by devoting themselves to paid careers in EE.
EE is crucial for national sustainable development and environmental protection. A national EE act helped to guarantee stable EE funding and personnel that could help advance national sustainable development and environmental protection goals.
Certification processes help support the efficient and effective implementation of EE. The TEEA’s mechanism of certifying Environmental Education Personnel, Environmental Education Facilities and Places, and Environmental Education Institutes is a good design to ensure quality EE implementation. Certified EE professionals are prepared to help cultivate environmental literacy, including understanding of sustainable development and diverse environmental conservation issues, positive attitudes to protect the environment, and responsible environmental actions.