Communication, Education & Public Awareness

Activities in Germany on International Biodiversity Day

1) Links to the international Day for Biological Diversity were posted at the web sites of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety as well as at the German Clearing-house Mechanism.
2) On May 22nd DIVERSITAS Germany in cooperation with the Secretariats of UNCCD and CMS held a one-day press conference in Bonn with representatives of ministries, administration and research focussing on Biodiversity and Land use in Drylands. (see below)
3) In cooperation with GEO magazine and the Government of Honduras, the GTZ (German Technical Cooperation) conducted a Biodiversity day  (in German and Spanish)

Diversitas Germany prepares for the future

Press Release (in German)

Programme held at the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Bonn on 22 May 2006

11:00 AM - 13:00 PM

Internal meeting of the Advisory Board of Diversitas Germany
13:00 – 15:00 PM
(Chair: Prof. Dr. Norbert Jürgens)
Welcome Address His Excellence, Mr. Hama Arba Diallo (Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Bonn)

Biodiversity and Disertification – Aims and Challenges for Diversitas Germany. Prof. Dr. Norbert Jürgens(Chair of Diversitas Germany, University of Hamburg)

Migratory Species and the Desertification. Mr. Moulay Lahcen El Kabiri, Deputy Executive Secretary (UNEP/CMS, Secretariat Bonn)

West Africa as a model for diversity gradients and human impact: an integrative approach towards sustainable use. Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Kalko (Co-Chair Diversitas Germany, University of Ulm)

Nachhaltiges Ressourcenmanagement und Armutsbekämpfung. Die Ziele des BMZ bei der Umsetzung der UNCCD. Dr. Ralf Wyrwinski (Referat 314 – Ländliche Entwicklung, Welternährung. Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ))

National and Regional Communication Networks for Supporting the Implementation of the UNCCD. Dr. Mariam Akhtar-Schuster (Chair of Desert*Net Germany)

Speech delivered by Dr. Dirk Schüttemeyer (German National Committee on Global Change Research, NKGCF)
15:00 – 15:30 PM Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00 PMPress Conference
17:00 PMFarewell Address