Monday, April 12, 2010

Observing International Year of Biodiversity 2010



Humanitywatch and Centre for Environment and Participatory Research (CEPR) are two regional right-based organisations working with the natural resource dependant communities, especially forest and indigenous people of southwest coastal region of Bangladesh for their socioeconomic development and establishing traditional and basic human rights.
The United Nations has declared the year of 2010 as International Year of Biodiversity and Conference of CBD (convention on biodiversity) is going to organize in October 2010 at Nagoya, Japan. The conference will take decision on several biodiversity issues including recognition of indigenous and traditional knowledge, access and benefit sharing and tenure transition which are very important for the Sundarbans forest peoples.
To build mass awareness and sensitize the international and national policy leaders to make the year effective for Bangladesh, especially for forest and indigenous communities of the Sundarbans adjacent areas, we are going to organize several programs observing international and national biodiversity related days. To ensure justice to the distressed forest and indigenous communities in the COP10-Nagoya, we also are going to organize several voice raising programs in the Sundarbans adjacent areas for recognition of forest people's indigenous and traditional knowledge, access and benefit sharing and tenure transition.
In the mean time, humanitywatch has observed World Forest Day 2010 on March 21, 2010 with discussion meeting. Incidentally the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest was burnt for 9th times on the day. The participants of the discussion meeting submitted a memorandum to the Forest department on the day to protect frequent blazing in the world's largest single tract mangrove forest.
For the first time in Bangladesh a Forest Peoples Convention will be organized in August for preparing a final recommendation to the Conference after several local level People's Biodiversity Hearing in the Sundarbans Impact Zone (SIZ). The convention and the hearings will cover impact of climate change on forest and forest peoples, involvement of International Financial Institutions (IFI) and corporate sector in the forest management, adaptation and mitigation, carbon trading vs REDD, recognition of indigenous knowledge and traditional cultural practices, benefit and revenue sharing with the forest people, traditional rights of forest peoples on collection and management of biodiversity resources and life and livelihood security of the forest people communities.
The detailed program schedule is given bellow:
21 March 2010: 4:00 PM: Discussion meeting and submission of memorandum at Humanitywatch Meeting Room, Khulna, Bangladesh observing World Forest Day 2010
8 April 2010: 5:00 PM: Opening of T-shirt on International Year of Biodiversity 2010 at Humanitywatch Meeting Room, Khulna, Bangladesh
22 April 2010: 11:00 AM: Workshop on "Saving Biodiversity: Saving Civilisation" at Humanitywatch Meeting Room, Khulna, Bangladesh observing Earth Day 2010
5 June 2010: 10:00 AM: Dialogue Meeting on "Saving Coastal Environment: Possibilities and Challenges" at Zia Hall Seminar Room, Khulna, Bangladesh observing World Environment Day 2010
12-14 August 2010: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM: First Forest Peoples Convention 2010 on "Biodiversity is life: Biodiversity is our life" at Ava Convention Centre, Khulna, Bangladesh
27 October 2010: 10:00 AM: Consultation Meeting on "Irresponsible Tourism and Mangrove Biodiversity" at Umesh Chandra Public Library, Khulna, Bangladesh observing World Tourism Day 2010
1-7 November 2010: everyday Discussion Meeting, Mass Demonstration, Human Chain, Submission of Memorandum at Umesh Chandra Public Library, Picture Palace Moor, Khulna Press Club and Forest Department, Khulna, Bangladesh observing Biodiversity Week of Action 2010
26 November 2010: 10:00 AM: Discussion meeting on UN Biodiversity Conference: who benefits, Hotel Castle Salam, Khulna, Bangladesh observing World Environment Protection Day 2010

All activists working with Biodiversity, Forest People and Climate Change are cordially invited to contribute and participate in the programs.