What will our planet look like in 20 years from now? What can we learn from Rio, and the road to "Rio+20"? How can we enhance our planet´s resilience, for a "Rio + xxx"?
It is the young people who will have to bear the consequences of our present behaviour and lack of commitment - and it is they who are the most enthusiastic about nature conservation. Therefore their concerns and aspirations should play an important role in international decision-making today.
The International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv offers young dedicated people from all over the world the opportunity to share their on-the-ground conservation experience with their peers and - in a very creative way - with the wider public. It enables them to participate in political discussions by engaging with international leaders during the CBD-Conferences of the Parties (COP). Besides impacting directly on the public during the COPs, Go4BioDiv strongly affects both the personal lives of the participants as well as their local communities and organizations who promote them. It also provides credible real-life examples to draw on in the elaboration of conceptual guidelines, technical publications and policy frameworks.
So far, Go4BioDiv has been carried out twice, in Germany 2008 and in Japan 2010, and was a great success. In 2012, Go4BioDiv will take place for the third time, in October parallel to CBD-COP 11 in Hyderabad, India.
In accordance with the COP 10 decisions (Nagoya mandate/Aichi targets), the theme of Go4BioDiv 2012 will be ‘Conserving coastal and marine biodiversity for sustaining life and livelihoods’. Therefore, the young Messengers will come from the "crown jewels" of marine conservation - marine World Heritage sites around the globe - and from the coastal regions of India.