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Conserving biodiversity heritage sites for climate change adaptation: Role of Youth in linking cultural practices and future strategies

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Date and Time
12 October 2012 13:15 - 14:45

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11)

The sacred sites and the associated traditional knowledge may become indispensable when the communities try to find sustainable solutions for adapting to climate change. One of the most important stakeholder group in this process is the youth, who will witness the results of the present efforts. The event aims at: - highlighting the potential of traditionally conserved sacred sites as reservoirs of opportunities towards climate change adaptation, sustainable livelihoods for rural poor as well as preserving the biodiversity heritage of the country/ region, and -understanding the perception of youth in maintaining the sacred sites and the possible role they can play in the overall institutional framework. This side-event will be organized in the form of a “Panel Discussion” to provide a platform to discuss the reasons and benefits of conserving the sacred sites, their potential as a climate change adaptation tool and the role that youth can play in maintaining this rich biodiversity heritage. The event will also showcase the example of the sacred sites of the North Eastern Region of India- A Global Biodiversity Hotspot.