Biodiversity conservation for sustainining Life and livelihoods
A preparatory step towards the International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv in India in October 2012
To provide basic information on biodiversity and its contribution to sustaining coastal and marine life and livelihoods, for the youth messengers of Go4BioDiv 2012 in order to prepare them for the discussions, declaration and activities during the International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv in parallel to CBD COP 11 in India.
Duration of E-coaching:
May 30- September 30, 2012
The E-Coaching consists of basic information on coastal and marine biodiversity, in the form of resource material . The resource material has been broken down into following eight modules:
Module 1: Basics of Biodiversity Resource material available
Module 2: Ecosystem services and livelihood security Resource material available
Module 3: Global environmental governance: Biodiversity related conventions Resource material available
Module 4: Magnitude and Distribution of Marine and Coastal ecosystems Resource material available
Module 5: Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the Development Agenda Resource material available
Module 6: Conservation challenges in coastal and marine ecosystems Resource material available
Module 7: Marine protected areas, extent and management, good practices from around the World Resource material available
Module 8: What are World Heritage Sites? Resource material available
Mode of delivery:
The resource material posted in this section of the website is open to be accessed by anyone visiting this website.
The E-coaching including discussion on individual topics, skype chat and other forms of guidance were available only for the selected Go4BioDiv participants.
The Messengers posted their questions/comments related to the contents of resource material, and discussed relevant issues with the resource persons at the E-Coaching Discussion Forum .
Participants were encouraged to take up broader issues related to coastal and marine biodiversity at the Facebook Discussion Forum so as to interact with a wider group, including coastal marine experts, media professionals and representative of youth initiatives.
Dr. K. Sivakumar, Scientist E, Wildlife Institute of India was awarded doctoral degree for his study on the Nicobar Megapode by the Bharathiyar University. He joined the Wildlife Institute of India as a Scientist. Since then, he has been involving in teaching and training of Post graduate students, in-service forest officers and Ph.D scholars in wildlife techniques, ornithology, fish biology and conservation biology. He has been conducting research on coastal and marine biodiversity and their management. His is a member various International bodies including ‘World Commission on Protected Areas’. So far, he has published more than 100 research articles/reports and supervised more than 10 Post Graduate and Ph. D students. KS ksivakumar(at)wii.gov.in
Dr. Thora Amend (GIZ), has a PhD on joint management approaches for coastal and marine National Parks of Venezuela. She coordinates the contributions of GIZ to Go4BioDiv. Together with Lukas Laux from the German National Park of the Bavarian Forest, she has initiated Go4BioDiv in 2008 and was also responsible for Go4BioDiv Japan. In the context of development cooperation, Thora has been involved in biodiversity conservation, the management of protected areas, environmental communication and community involvement for many years. She also carries out a lot of trainings, seminars, and evaluations around the world. At present, Thora lives and works in Peru and supports Go4BioDiv with conceptual inputs and her international contacts in the field of biodiversity conservation. TA thora.amend(at)giz.de
Mr. Gunnar Finke (GIZ), studied Forest and Landscape Management in Freiburg (Germany) and World Heritage Management in Dublin (Ireland). Prior to joining GIZ, Gunnar has gathered working experience with management authorities of protected areas, including Biosphere reserves and World Heritage Sites. Gunnar is based at GIZ headquarters in Germany, where he works on biodiversity conservation with a focus on marine and coastal protected areas and ecosystem-based management approaches to oceans and coasts.
Dr. Neeraj Khera (GIZ) has a doctorate in Forestry, and has been working in the field of Ecology and Biodiversity for the past 12 years as a researcher, university professor and programme coordinator. Her wide-ranging research interest has been in urban biodiversity conservation, Biodiversity Governance, and Climate Change-Biodiversity-Disaster interlinkages. She is currently working as a Technical Expert in GIZ India, on capacity building, knowledge management and biodiversity issues. In Go4BioDiv, she is responsible for coordinating the communication and outreach work, and the e-coaching course for the messengers. neeraj.khera(at)giz.de
For questions relating to the contents of the module outline and structure, reading material, scheduling of course material delivery, problems in accessing the course material or using the discussion facility on the website and any similar issues, please contact the following:
Ms. Nina Treu (for GIZ)
Dr. Neeraj Khera (GIZ)