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Tuesday 27 May 2008

UNEP/GRID-Arendal at COP9

Linking communication with biological diversity protection. Linking Tourism and Conservation: Focus on Marine Protected Areas

GRID-Arendal takes part in the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP 9) in Bonn, Germany, from 19-30 May. This important gathering of global biodiversity experts, stakeholders and organizations provides a unique opportunity to enhance our collective and individual commitments toward safeguarding biodiversity.  A major focus of the meeting is on mobilising economic forces for the conservation of the world’s nature.

GRID-Arendal sets up a display at the Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Fair, a parallel event of COP 9. The CBD recognizes that communication, education and public awareness is central and essential to its successful implementation. The CEPA Fair will include displays and presentations on the following themes:  National CEPA strategies and their contribution to implementation; mobilization of the media for communication of messages on the importance of biodiversity for human well-being and of the Convention and its objectives; integration of biodiversity considerations into education including formal and informal contexts; and, best practices in raising public awareness, including communicating with stakeholders and major groups, including business and other important economic sectors.

The GRID-Arendal display at the CEPA Fair (24-30 May) features recent publications, and posters featuring its Polar and Marine work and the project initiative Linking Tourism &Conservation: Focus on Marine Protected Areas.  The initiative, designed to raise major funds from the tourism sector for the management of the worlds protected areas, was launched one year ago at an international conference in Arendal, Norway.  It builds on the fact that tourism is by far the most interesting sector in protected areas and good examples of tourism as the major supporter of national parks exist. The aim is to learn from these examples and replicate them in other parts of the world.  The project addresses the main themes of the CBD that aim to identify economic forces that safeguard the world’s diverse nature.

Peter Prokosch, Managing Director of GRID-Arendal, brings this initiative to the attention of major stakeholders at COP 9, where he also takes part in the meeting of the CEPA International Advisory Committee.  “This will be a great opportunity to meet with important partners and representatives of governments to produce momentum on this initiative.  As the event is bringing the significance of biodiversity to global attention there is a good chance that communication and outreach will play a major role in safeguarding biodiversity in the long term.”

Press Contact:
Janet Fernandez Skaalvik,
Head of Communications,
GRID-Arendal,
Phone: +47 414 99 472,
Fax: +47 3703 5050

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