Second International Youth Symposium for Biodiversity - July 2009
The Second International Youth Symposium for Biodiversity is being planned for Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on July 5-9, 2009.
This initiative has been welcomed by Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Montreal-based Convention on Biological Diversity, who stated that “Young people have a central place as bearers of tomorrow’s solutions. Their engagement is essential if we are to reduce the loss of biodiversity and ensure the future of life on Earth.” We are contributing to the United Nations 2010 Biodiversity Target.
The Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity committed themselves to the 2010 Biodiversity Target. This target is to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth.
The purpose of our symposium was to invite students (Grade 6 to 12) from around the world to submit biodiversity project proposals to attend. The focus of the symposium was:
- to welcome students from around the world, and to celebrate the work they are doing at home regarding local biodiversity efforts.
- to experience Canadian biodiversity with a Bio-Blitz (A Biological Survey with local scientists and naturalists)
- to develop methods to implement the Global Youth's Accord for Biodiversity that was created by nine (9) nations during the First Youth Symposium in Mexico in 2005.
For more information, visit www.biodiversitymatters.org