Policy makers need to know the views of ordinary people. This lively video reports on a global event in September that proves biodiversity is a priority of citziens all over the world. From CEC member Bjørn Bedsted, coordinator of WWViews.
World Wide Views on Biodiversity is a unique global project that on September 15, 2012 brought together members of the public in 25 countries around the world to discuss biodiversity and choices related to policy and action to attain the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
In each country roughly 100 randomly selected citizens attended day-long meetings to learn about biodiversity, debate with other citizens and consider their views about the options facing us, before casting their vote on a set of predefined questions.
The initiative is a part of the UN Decade on Biodiversity and the efforts to reach the strategic Aichi Biodiversity Target 1, namely raising awareness about the values of biodiversity and the steps to conserve and use it sustainable. It is a ground-breaking project and a unique opportunity for policymakers worldwide to learn about the views of ordinary citizens on different policy initiatives to stop the decline in biodiversity.
Some important messages from the citizens are:
- The establishment of new protected areas should be given higher priority than economic aims
- More protected areas should be established in the High Seas
- All countries should pay for protecting biodiversity in developing countries
The results of the citizen meetings were presented at two events at COP11 in Hyderabad in India 2012. All results are available on http://biodiversity.wwviews.org and you can download a results report here:
World Wide Views on Biodiversity is initiated by the Danish Ministry of the Environment, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Danish Board of Technology.
Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Maldives, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestinian Territory, Philippines, Saint Lucia, South Africa, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Uganda, USA, Vietnam and Zambia.
For more information, contact Bjørn BEDSTED, Project manager and WWViews coordinator, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org