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What is your name?
What is your job title?
Researcher and science communicator
What organisation do you work for?
What aspects of biodiversity are you most interested in?
Agriculture, Biodiversity targets, Biotechnology, CBD negotiations, Communicating biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Oceans
What languages do you speak?
German, English, Spanish
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I am a biologist who worked on environmental risk assessment of GMOs, the role of crop wild relatives and landraces for agricultural biodiversity. Together with a filmmaker I produced a documentary film about the importance of saving biodiversity. Right now I work with the World Vide Views on Biodiversity, a global project to involve citizens into the debate and decision making around biodiversity.

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World Wide Views on Biodiversity citizen participation project recognized at COP11 in India

One of the outcomes of the recently concluded meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP11) about the future protection of biodiversity, has been a recognition of a new and interesting approach to raising awareness and involvement of the public. The draft decision text highlights: The Conference of Parties (COP) encourages Parties, relevant organizations and stakeholders to support and contribute to communication…


Posted on October 31, 2012 at 12:32

WWViews on Biodiversity: Results available

World Wide Views on Biodiversity (WWViews on Biodiversity) is a globe-encompassing democratic deliberation on biodiversity. On September 15, 2012, it gathered citizen views on international biodiversity policy issues and disseminated them to policymakers involved in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).


The 3,000 participating…


Posted on October 9, 2012 at 15:09

Global citizen consultation for the UN: Great concern for biodiversity and strong support for action

First Results of World Wide Views on Biodiversity: Three quarters of citizens were very concerned about biodiversity loss, people in developing countries feel more affected. Citizens agree that all countries should pay for protection, but the main part should come from developed countries.


The 3,000 participants of World Wide Views on Biodiversity (WWViews) – the first-ever global citizen consultation on biodiversity - were selected to reflect the demographic…


Posted on September 20, 2012 at 13:30

Global Citizen Participation project on biodiversity about to begin

„World Wide Views on Biodiversity“ organizes local consultations of laypeople worldwide. Citizens views on a global challenge - the rapid loss of biodiversity - will be collected on September 15 and might enhance negotiations at the matching UN-Conference in October.


The citizen participation project  „World Wide Views on Biodiversity“ (WWViews) will take place 15th of September 2012 in…


Posted on September 3, 2012 at 22:16

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