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International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv in parallel to the CBD COP 11

Go4BioDiv is an International Youth Forum, aimed at providing a platform to the youth to voice their opinion on the issues related to biodiversity during the global event of decision-making on biodiversity – the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP).The 11th COP of CBD is being hosted by India this year and will take place in Hyderabad in October 2012. The International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv will take place in parallel to the COP with the theme ‘Conserving coastal and marine biodiversity for sustaining life and livelihoods’.

Go4BioDiv 2012 is being organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), with the Wildlife Institute of India as the nodal institute, with partnership of Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), IUCN, UNESCO, the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity and other partners.

A total of 35 youth (18-29 yrs) will be selected, via an application process, which is currently open and the application material can be found at the website Out of this, 10 participants will be selected form India- from each coastal state, and one representing the islands.    

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Dear All,

Please spread a word in your network in the coastal states of India- especially Karnataka and Goa..we are yet to receive good application from these two states. Applications from all the states and Islands from journalists (18-29 years) is especially encouraged..!!

Deadline is tomorrow..May 15th 2012


I am sharing this wonderful news with you regarding the International Youth Forum Go4Biodiv, which is a parallel event to the CBD COP 11 to be organized in October 2012 in Hyderabad. Go4BioDiv is being hosted by the Ministry of Environmental and Forests (MoEF), and being organized by Wildlife Institute of India on behalf of MoEF in partnership with GIZ and others.


“The International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv is now officially recognized as a “UN Decade Project on Biological Diversity”. This prestigious award distinguishes initiatives, which contribute to biodiversity conservation in an innovative and exemplary way. With this award, the outstanding commitment of Go4BioDiv for involving young adults in biodiversity conservation is acknowledged”


More details on Go4BioDiv can be found on the website  or Facebook Page


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