Youth Symposium for Biodiversity
Biodiversity Matters is a non-governmental organization in Ottawa, Canada that encourages involvement of youth in biodiversity-related initiatives locally, nationally and internationally. At local level they have developed a wetland conservation site at Macoun Marsh used by school children from the Ottawa region and promoted as a prototype project nationally (see article below
). Involving youth participants from several countries, the CBD Secretariat was pleased to participate in the Second International Youth Symposium for Biodiversity organized by Biodiversity Matters from 5 to 9 July, 2009 in Ottawa. More information
. Youth participants came from Albania, Barbados, Bolivia, Cameroon, Canada, Honduras, India, Japan, Mexico and USA. In follow-up, participants and youth from around the world drafted a Youth Accord for Biodiversity presented to delegates attending the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD held in Japan in October 2010. For more information, visit www.biodiversitymatters.org
HabitatNet: A Global Biodiversity Monitoring Project
Project Director: Dan Bisaccio
Welcome! How humans relate with the natural world has deep cultural foundations. Throughout the history of all civilizations, our relationship with nature has given us art, music, verse, mathematics, and science. Today our global imperative is to understand the implications of our interdependence with nature.
HabitatNet's purpose is to give students an opportunity to collect data, conduct research, and purposefully make a difference with regard to a most important global issue….conserving biological diversity.
The goal of HabitatNet is to enable teachers and students from around the globe (1) to establish permanent biodiversity monitoring projects at their home sites and (2) use telecommunications, via email and world wide websites, to communicate investigations, findings, and questions regarding biodiversity issues and management.
Natural habitats are storehouses of great natural diversity, and some may disappear before science can unravel its mysteries. The ecological structure and function of the variety of habitat ringing the globe is an active area of research for HabitatNet students. Equal in importance to the taxonomic and genetic diversity they contain is how these complex ecosystems change over time, and how they respond to catastrophic natural and human-induced disturbance. Students and schools throughout the world may participate and exchange data as well as pose questions to participating schools. There is NO cost to participating schools – we only share an equal interest in preserving “local and global ecosystems”.
HabitatNet was recently featured in March 2009 News Digest of the National Science Teachers Association. Read the article online
or download it