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18. Exhibition Stands

For the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, environmental protection has a high priority. The aim is to avoid negative environmental impact as much as possible during the whole conference, including side events and exhibitions. Therefore, exhibitors commit their consideration and participation to the environmental requirements when designing and operating their exhibition stands.

In order to raise awareness in society for the vital importance of biological diversity and its widely ranging impact on nature, economy, science and culture, the world’s largest environmental foundation Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) Federal Foundation for the Environment invites, by order of the German Government, all governmental and nongovernmental organisations, companies, associations, research and education facilities, both national and from abroad, to present their innovative projects, concepts and ideas around the topic of “biological diversity” within the Plaza of Diversity which will be located on the conference site.

The DBU will produce a compact exhibitor catalogue and will make available, via the following web site, all information concerning the project presentations and further events from the Plaza of Diversity: www.plaza-of-diversity.org.

Participating governments and organizations wishing to book an exhibition space are invited to submit their applications, no later than 31 January 2008, to Ms. Tusche, the focal person designated by the DBU, by email, by facsimile or by mail (as appropriate), with a copy to the CBD focal person, Mr. David Ainsworth (david.ainsworth@cbd.int) and the Organization Office at the following coordinates:

Ms. Carla Tusche
Zentrum für Umweltkommunikation
An der Bornau 2
49090 Osnabrueck
Fax: +49 (0) 541 963399-0
Email: c.tusche@dbu.de

Mr. David Ainsworth
Programme Officer
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
World Trade Centre
413 St. Jacques Street, Suite 800
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2Y IN9
Telephone (Direct line): +1 514-287-7025
Fax: + 1 514-288-6588
E- mail: david.ainsworth@cbd.int

Organization Office
Bonn; Germany
Fax: +49 (0) 228 99 305 4419
E-mail: cop9mop4@bmu.bund.de

Should the number of applications exceed the available space, an independent jury in charge of the selection procedure may be set up. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by mid-February 2008.

Any request received after the set deadline (31 January 2008) will not be considered. Any enquiry relating to these exhibition stands should be sent to the designated focal person, Ms. Tusche, with a copy to the CBD Secretariat (secretariat@cbd.int), for information purposes, as well to the Organization Office (cop9mop4@bmu.bund.de).

An application form and relevant information regarding the exhibition can be found in Annex C.