The participants at the International Youth Summit addressed questions relating to their personal experience of dependence on biological diversity and the tangible effects of biodiversity loss in their region and in their countries of origin.
Discussion groups focused on the key themes of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): the conservation of biodiversity, its sustainable use and equitable benefit-sharing. The young adults worked on these issues both academically and through art. They formulated messages, proposed solutions and considered how they can be implemented regionally and globally.
Alongside academic exchange, creative workshops provided an opportunity for participants to engage with the emotional and cultural aspects of biodiversity. Under the guidance of professional choreographers, the young people rehearsed a piece of dance theatre. In addition, the group worked with a prominent glass artist to produce glass sculptures on the theme of the “ecological footprint”.
Accommodation for the young adults was provided in the “country cabins” or “topical huts” of the International Wilderness Camp in the natural surroundings of the Bavarian Forest. The different “country cabins” reflect the building styles and living traditions of the countries involved in the International Wilderness Camp’s partner conservation programmes. The six “topical huts” (Forest Tent, House of Light, Water Hut, Tree House, Earth Cave and Meadow Bed let them get a sense for these individual habitats. All of them provided opportunities for an in-depth experience of nature and an insight into different ways of living.
Please find more information about the Wilderness Camp on:
Detailed programme 19.05.08
Extracts from the programme 11.04.08