From the Editor’s Desk
Welcome to the fourth edition of the Go4BioDiv newsletter, dedicated to the youth and their positive energies and fresh perspectives for bringing about change in the human society.
The release of this newsletter coincides with the final preparations towards the International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv 2012, which will take place in India. This year, India is hosting the 11th Conference of Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad in October 2012. The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Government of India, has decided to continue the Go4BioDiv initiative and to run Go4BioDiv in parallel to CBD-COP 11 from October 6 to 19. In accordance with the COP-10 decisions (Nagoya mandate/Aichi targets), the theme of Go4BioDiv International Youth Forum 2012 will be ‘Conserving coastal and marine biodiversity for sustaining life and livelihoods’.
India is a country with high youth population that is well conversed with the use of new media and other information and communication channels. This gives us a strong encouragement to hope that Go4BioDiv will be an extremely suc¬cessful event to bring forward the views and experiences of the youth on the issues of coastal and marine biodiversity and towards bringing greater sustainability in the livelihood strategies.
This newsletter brings you the updates on the preparation of the third International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv 2012, news from the previous Go4BioDiv messengers as they report from the World Heritage sites, information on coastal and marine biodiversity, it’s threats and conservation methods presented in a very interesting way, revelations from an International fisheries expert on how and why he chose to be in this field of conservation, and many more interesting facts and information. We plan to bring this newsletter to you every month, and encourage you to contribute your ex¬periences and views on the role of youth in biodiversity conservation as well as critical and emerging issues in coastal and marine biodiversity.
We would like to thank all the organizations and individuals, who have contributed in developing and taking forward the agenda of Go4BioDiv in the past events and also towards planning for the 2012 forum. We would especially like to express our sincere gratitude to Mr Hem Pande, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Environment and Forests of India (MoEF) for his support and encouragement towards conceptualization and preparation for the programme of Go4Bio¬Div 2012.
We would like to introduce the new five member editorial team to you:
‘Conserving coastal and marine biodiversity for sustaining life and livelihoods’
6 – 19 October 2012 in the Sundarbans/ Hyderabad, India in parallel with the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD-COP 11), October 2012 in Hyderabad, India……. more
The Organizational Task Force for the Go4BioDiv 2012
Dr. Vinod B. Mathur (WII), a trained Forester, is Dean of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII). He has been designated as the nodal person for Go4BioDiv India 2012, by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF)…… more
Hot news from Go4BioDiv 2012
Preparations for the upcoming Go4BioDiv are advancing with a preparatory mission to the Sundarbans, Hyderabad and Delhi…..more
News from OUR World Heritage Sites:
Conserving coastal ecosystem in Santa Monica Mountains
I participated in the International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv in 2010 in Japan, as representive of the Cape Floral Region (CFR) Protected Areas World Heritage site (South Africa),……more
Building Partnerships to Support UNSECO’s World Heritage Programme in India
The need to strengthen the effective management, protection & conservation of the Outstanding Universal Values of existing Natural World Heritage Sites (WHS) in India through sustainable partnerships between stakeholders originated……more
Now you know!
What is Biodiversty? Why should it be conserved?
Biodiversity or Biological diversity is the variability among living organisms from all sources- include all plants, animals, microorganisms- and the ecosystems of which they are part,…..more
What is CBD? What is COP?
CBD or the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a comprehensive, binding global agreement aiming at conservation and sustainable use of the elements of biological diversity……more
Marine Biodiversity Conservation in India
The sea around India is part of the great Indian Ocean and the Indian subcontinent forms a major physical division between the Arabian Sea and……more
“Without you, the change is not possible”
Coastal and Marine Biodiversity and the role Youth can play in its conservation!The theme for this year’s COP is related to my job and private life…..more
News & Events
Featured World marine heritage site of the month
The Sundarbans mangrove forest, one of the largest such forests in the world (140,000 ha), lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputr……more
Interesting Facts ….. more
Go4BioDiv is an International Youth Forum, aimed at providing a platform to the youth to voice their opinion on the is¬sues related to Biodiversity during the global event of decision-making on biodiversity – the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP). Go4BioDiv was organized for the first time in parallel to CBD-COP 9 in Bonn-Germany in 2008 and for the second time during COP 10 in Nagoya-Japan in 2010. Both the events were a great success.
Go4BioDiv is conceptualized and implemented to make impact at three levels. First, on the lives of the participants (called ‘Messengers’) by providing them exposure to issues and experts in the field of biodiversity conservation and making them a part of the bigger conservation and youth networks. The second impact is the outreach and awareness generation by the Go4BioDiv Messengers both to the wider public at COP and in their home countries/sites. The third impact during COP is realized by providing a fresh youth perspective on the issues, particularly in cross-cutting CBD Programmes of Work.
The Youth Forum has different phases to it, covering the periods pre-, during and post-CBD-COP. The pre-COP phase is a virtual phase, where communication and learning is facilitated via virtual platforms like facebook Pgae, Discussion forum on Facebook and LinkedIn, mailing lists, and a monthly newsletter; During CBD-COP, the 35 selected Messengers come together in the host country, for two weeks parallel to CBD-CoP11, where they work on a group affiliation, organize and participate in events during the High-Level Segment of the COP, including a youth declaration; Post-CPP, different follow-up activities accompany the continued virtual interactions to facilitate the participants to act as messengers in their home countries/states, including a publication.
Website: Further details on Go4BioDiv, previous events, and the application process and material can be found at the Go4BioDiv website www.go4biodiv.org.
Facebook Page: Subscribe to the Facebook Page of Go4BioDiv to receive daily updates on the coastal marine conservation and youth initiatives.
Discussion Forum: Participate in the discussions on coastal marine conservation and youth involvement in conservation on the discusssion forum.
LinkedIn group [International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv].
Go 4 BioDiV Communications Task Force
Editor-in-Chief: Dr V B Mathur
Executive Editor: Dr Neeraj Khera
Editors: Ms. Shazia Quasin, Ms Tushita Mukherjee
Design and Layout: Ms Gurjit Kaur
All the contributions, feedback, suggestions and views on the newsletter or issues discussed in the newsletter should be directed to Dr Neeraj Khera, Executive Editor at go4biodivindia[at]gmail.com or neeraj.khera[at]giz.de.
In case, you would like to send your contributions or communication in the form of a hard-copy, please send it to: Ms Shazia Quasin, Wildlife Institute of India, Post Box #18, Chandrabani, Dehradun – 248001, Uttarakhand, India
Photo credit: Cover page – Neeraj Khera
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