The International youth conference on Biodiversity was held in Aichi, Nagoya from 23Aug to 27th Aug 2010 and was hosted by ministry of Environment, Japan.
This event was held just before the CBD COP 10 with the intention to present the opinion of the international youth community in front of the world leaders when they shall meet at Nagoya October 2010.
One hundred youth delegates from all over the world participated actively in the conference which included thirty participants from Japan and seventy participants from other nations.
Recognizing the fact that the we have failed to achieve the target to “significant reduce the current rate of biodiversity loss” by 2010, the conference was organized with the main objective to formulate a bold youth statement which includes Current status, Vision for 2050/ target for 2020 and youth Action to reduce the loss of biodiversity.
Apart from making the youth statement, the conference had several other events like sharing the best practices by selected participants, making of world biodiversity map, adopting youth action plan and excursion to Satoyama landscape of Japan.
Ten participants were selected to present their “Best Practice” in front of all other participants and discuss the details. Youth activists from varied fields on issues like sea turtle conservation, forest restoration, bat monitoring program, ex-situ conservation of plants etc.
The biodiversity world map aimed at documenting the diverse problems across the globe and constructing a map to represent the entire scenario. It helped us to broaden our perspective on various issues and think about possible solution to avert the worst consequences.
We visited the Satoyama landscape of Japan. Satoyama refers to the traditional way of managing the forest and agricultural resources in an integrated manner which
ensures sustainability and biodiversity.
The proceedings of the conference concluded at University of Nagoya where the Biodiversity Forum was organized to present the outcome of the conference in front of thousands of people (especially high school and university students) and other top dignitaries from CBD and UNEP including the executive secretary of UN CBD Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf. The dignitaries expressed their deep concern on the present state of biodiversity loss and urged the youth to make a difference. The participants presented their action plans in front of the audience.
The entire event was well organized due to the coordinated effort of the young volunteers of Japan Youth Ecology League and the Ministry of environment, Japan.
The conference has bridged all cultural and ethnic differences resulted in a strong International youth network on Biodiversity which will hopefully perpetuate and spread widely.