Bringing Science to Life: CEC at CBD COP10 in Nagoya

A side event at the CEPA Fair on Wednesday 20 October is the main event for CEC during COP 10 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in October. Here is an update on CEC at Nagoya.

CBD COP10, October 2010, Nagoya Photo: CBD

A major event for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is only days away. The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) will be in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, from 18 to 29 October 2010. It’s a landmark event in the life of the CBD for several reasons:

The IUCN Commission on Education and Communication is participating in the CEPA Fair at COP 10, carrying our message about the importance of Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) to achieving biodiversity goals.


Communicating Biodiversity: Bringing Science to Life
Wednesday 20 October at 13:00 to 15:00
CEPA Fair, First Floor, Building 2, Room 216 A

Biodiversity is the world’s most elaborate scientific concept, but also, potentially, its greatest story. Love of nature for most people is about awe, wonder and joy; not habitats, ecosystem services or extinction. By using these powerful emotions to bring science to life communicators will inspire conservation action around the world.
The CEC side event provides expert insight into the challenges communicators face, the common pitfalls of biodiversity communication, and the practical solutions that will inspire public and political action.


CEC will be represented by the following members:

  1. Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair, USA
  2. Rod Abson, CEC Focal Point, IUCN HQ, Switzerland
  3. Frits Hesselink, CEC Special Advisor to the Chair, Netherlands
  4. Marta Andelman, co-leader, CEC Specialty Group for CEPA, Argentina
  5. Laurie Bennett, CEC member, UK
  6. Yvonne Otieno, CEC member representing Youth and Intergenerational Partnership, Kenya
  7. Tania Moreno, CEC member, Costa Rica

Other CEC members attending COP 10:

  1. David Ainsworth, co-leader, CEC Specialty Group for CEPA, and CBD Program Officer, Canada
  2. Florence Clap, UICN France
  3. Brahim Haddane, Morocco
  4. Sean Southey, Media Impact
  5. John Francis, National Geographic
  6. Andrea Margit, Brazil (maybe)
  7. Daniel Robinson, University of New South Wales, Australia
  8. Mike Shanahan, IIED, International Institute for Environment and Development
  9. Denise Hamú, Brazil
  10. Harriet Nimmo, Wildscreen, UK
  11. Mr. Mahawa Diouf, L’Union SAPPAT, Senegal


For more information contact CEC Focal Point Rod Abson at



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