Some highlights include:
- Go4BioDiv Stage Event: “Journey through biodiversity”
- Science Knowledge Café
- Side Event on Governance/Fisheries “Our Youth Perspective”
- Side Event on Livelihoods
Go4BioDiv International Youth Forum – Declaration
Conserving coastal and marine biodiversity for sustaining life and livelihoods
“We, as international Go4BioDiv youth Messengers from around the globe, represent local and indigenous communities, students, scientists, educators, communicators, lawyers and economists from outstanding marine sites. We want to raise our voice for conserving coastal and marine biodiversity for sustaining life and livelihoods. Today, young people under 30 represent more than half of the world population. It is us who will live with the consequences of today’s actions and inactions, and we are here to create our future….“
Find out new details about the Go4BioDiv Programme in both the Sundarbans and in Hyderabad here.
In this issue, we are pleased to share the Go4BioDiv programme during the “Nature Camp” in Sundarbans World Heritage site. The programme in Sundarbans has many important preparatory workshops and exploratory excursions in India’s only marine World Heritage Site. The programme will also provide time and space for the Messengers to delve into different activities to explore their creative talent and express their connection with coastal and marine biodiversity. We have interesting articles in this issue highlighting the purpose of Go4BioDiv with a very special welcome message to the Messengers, and also a very beautiful expression of the basic elements of nature by one of our Messengers.
The virtual camp of Go4BioDiv is growing day by day on Facebook, wherein the discussions
are getting very interesting. We urge the readers to share their views and opinions on the contents of this newsletter on our Facebook group, and experience a rich discussion with a diverse audience.
We have gladly received the valuable contributions and very positive feedback on the previous issues of the newsletter, and we hope to get back to you again with our next issue that will coincide with the onset of our Sundarbans programme.
In this issue of the newsletter, we introduce you to the third and final set of Go4BioDiv 2012 Messengers. It is delightful to have such a wonderful group of youth, passionate for coastal and marine conservation and dedicated to make a change. For Go4Biodiv, it is a very important turning point, where the selected Messengers are now gearing up for the Youth Forum at CBD COP 11 and simultaneously play their role as the ‘Messengers’, and this progression is visible in
the form of their contributions to this newsletter.
This edition brings to you, views and perceptions on the role of Youth in coastal and marine conservation as well as effective compliance of environmental laws. We also have in this issue, a very important but often underestimated issue of communicating biodiversity; the corner piece of this issue focuses on how to communicate in a positive, personal and interesting manner.
As we move closer to the month of October- the month of CBD COP 11- the preparations are now on full swing, discussions on biodiversity are warming up- including at the Go4BioDiv Discussion Forum on Facebook, and several other events that are being organized in the run up to the COP. We wish all
the members of the conservation community a successful pre-COP phase and good wishes for their preparations for the COP.
We are very thankful for the valuable contributions and feedback received from the readers so far, and would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of them.