Planet at the Crossroads: Indo-German Biodiversity Programme @ 25WCC, Hawaii
1-10 September, 2016
The 25th World Conservation Congress (WCC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has brought together thousands of leaders, decision-makers, civil societies, businesses, and academia from around the world. The theme for this year’s Congress is ‘Planet at the crossroads’ and is being hosted in Hawaii from 1-10 September, 2016.
Organised every four years, WCC provides a common platform to different representatives of the society to create good environmental governance, while ensuring a balance between human, social and economic development. The opening ceremony at the Neal Blaisdell Centre in Hawaii was marked by ancient chants, prayers and the inimitable Hula, celebrating the rich cultural history of Hawaii.
The booth posters received a good response from visitors coming from different parts of Africa, North America, Asia and Europe. The visitors interacted with Dr. Michael Vakily, GIZ Team leader, CMPA project, and Mr. Ravindra Singh, GIZ Team leader, TII project; and showed keen interest in the approach of the booth posters to use cartoon-based messages.
An important focus of discussions was the link between ecology and economy, that the TEEB studies highlight. In fact, there were requests for providing support in emulating them in other places.
Dr. Michael Vakily interacting with visitors at the booth
In pictures (left) Dr. Mathur, WII, sharing his feedback for the booth posters. (right) Mr. Ravindra Singh interacting with Mr. Alexander Müller
Visitors from India included Dr. V.B. Mathur, Director, Wildlife Institute of India, Dr. R.D. Kamboj, Director, GEER Foundation, and Alexander Müller, Head of a global study of the United Nations Environment Programme- “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food”, as well as a large number of representatives from various private and governmental organisations.
Dr. Vakily also interacted with the Hawaiian TV Chain ThinkTech, and gave a short interview on the work of GIZ. Mr. Singh presented the online poster “New Evidences on Natural Capital – TEEB India Initiative.”
The online posters focus on the key findings, approach, salient findings, and the overall recommendations of the TEEB-India Initiative (TII) studies. The posters, through the means of interesting cartoons, illustrate how economic concepts and tools can help equip the society to incorporate the values of natural capital into decision making at all levels.
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