Juliane Zeidler, IUCN CEC Chair, was a panellist at the session on "Communication for Sustainable Development: Biodiversity Days, the Climate Change and Land Degradation Agendas" . She also faciitated a side event on civil society and land management.
Panel session on communicating biodiversity
The panel included Namibia’s Minister of Environment and Tourism Uahekua Herung and sustainable development communication specialists like CEC Steering Committee member David Ainsworth from the CBD. Panellists discussed experiences and challenges in raising awareness on environmental issues.
Minister Herung described biodiversity and climate change as high priority areas within the government’s development agenda, and highlighted Namibia’s participation in International Biodiversity Day. Other panellists said that messages need to:
- be tailored for different audiences and with different partners;
- connect with happiness and encourage moral behavior; and
- be based on better strategies for leveraging public participation.
Panellists discussed several on-the-ground communication projects in Namibia, including “Yes,” which engaged students in conjunction with International Biodiversity Day. In closing, one panelist welcomed partnerships with GEO Magazine and activities taking place in association with International Biodiversity Day. A supplement to GEO Magazine on biodiversity and climate change was also launched, followed by a reception. Read Juliane's presentation here >>
Side event on sustainable land management
In her capacity of Chair of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication, Juliane Zeidler also facilitated a side event on 18 September: ‘Better Land use, Better Future for all: Partnering with Civil society to enhance Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in Sub-Saharan Africa'
This event was the opportunity to launch a 3 year project aimed at building the capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to engage with SLM policy processes, as well as provide a platform to profile the multi-faceted approaches partners are using to tackle the drivers of land degradation and address the challenges faced by CSOs and communities in Sub-Saharan Africa to engage in key SLM policy processes.
The project partners OSISA, ENDA and the UNDP Equator Initiative will thus speak the practical challenges they face as well as some of the most pressing questions that need to be tacked in order to achieve the goal of a ‘Land Degradation Neutral World’.