On September 15 2012, 3000 citizens deliberated and voted on 18 questions on biodiversity related issues. See how they voted...
Learn what WWViews on Biodiversity is and CBD’s hopes for WWViews, see what happened at COP11 in India, October 2012 and get to know about the citizens and the partners.
The results of the WWViews citizen meetings were presented and discussed at a Side Event and a Special Event at COP11. Read more...
The Results Report is now available for download. It will be presented at COP 11 at the Side Event on October 17 and the Special Event on October 18. It contains analysis on the results from the 34 citizen meetings held on September 15.
Bjørn Bedsted, Global WWViews Coordinator presented the Results Report to Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the CBD. Read more...
See a list of all the partners in the World Wide Views on Biodiversity project. There are partners involved in arranging 34 meetings in 25 countries.
The World Wide Views method is designed to engage citizens in many parts of the world in debate about important issues at daylong meetings. The aim is to give advice to politicians in the process of policy making.
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On September 15th 3000 citizens from 25 countries took part in a global event: “World Wide Views on Biodiversity”. The project engages ordinary citizens in the process of policymaking and awareness raising to sustain a living and healthy planet. About hundred citizens in each participating country attended day-long meetings to learn about biodiversity issues, make up their minds about them, and express their views. They all voted on a set of predefined questions and the answers were presented at COP11 in India in October 2012.
The results from the meetings carry unique information about the views of citizens in both developed and developing countries. Some of the following results state an interest and willingness about biodiversity from the participating citizens. Three out of four participating citizens worldwide say that they are “very concerned” about the loss of biodiversity. Over 90 percent of the participating citizens worldwide support the establishment of a legal framework to establish more marine protected areas in international waters.
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The WWViews on Biodiversity project is aiming to contribute to the first strategic goal of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011 -2020 – making people aware of the values of biodiversity and giving them a platform to make their voices heard.
At the UN Biodiversity conference in Hyderabad, India, a promising decision was taken.
The final decision text of the Eleventh Meeting of Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP11) page 95, calls on all countries to support projects such as the World Wide Views on Biodiversity.
This breakthrough was made possible due to the close cooperation between the Danish Ministry for the Environment, the UN Secretariat for Biodiversity and the Danish Board of Technology and financial support from VILLUM FOUNDATION.
The results of the first ever global citizen consultation on Biodiversity have been compiled in a report, which was handed over to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Secretariat for Biodiversity. The project and its results have been discussed at two Side-Events at COP11 by representatives of various country delegations, international organizations and NGOs, as well as some of the citizens who participated in WWViews meetings.
There has been a widespread agreement at the COP, that there is a need to involve the citizens of the world into the UN decision-making processes to enhance ownership of the decisions, thus increasing the likelihood that they will be carried out.
The WWViews Alliance is now looking into the possibility of organizing WWViews citizen consultations on Biodiversity on a more regular basis, i.e. every two years in connection with the biodiversity COP’s.
Photos at Flickr from COP11 in India, 8 to 19 October 2012.
Learn more about the national and regional citizen meetings and the results of the WWViews on Biodiversity project.
Citizens at the Colorado WWViews meetings are skyping with citizens from the Calgary, Canada meeting.
The citizens are watching the information videos at the WWViews meeting in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
59.26% of the participating citizens in North America thinks that all countries, both with and without coral reef, should share costs to pay for the protection of coral reefs while 50.21% of the participating citizens in Asia voted the same.
63.91% of the participating citizens in Latin America prioritize new protected areas in front of excisting economic interest if a conflict should arise between the two, while 31.15% of the participating citizens in Africa voted the same.
The staff at the WWViews meeting in Montreal are counting the votes and immediately reporting them to the website.
77.9% of the participating citizens in the developing countries are ‘very concerned’ about the loss of biodiversity compared to 63.4% of the participating citizens in the developed countries.
79.28% of the participating citizens in Central America and the Carribean are ‘very concerned’ about the loss of biodiversity compared to 52.93% of the participating citizens in Europe.
The WWViews meeting in Germany was held at the Museum of National History in Berlin. 83 citizens participated.
74.42% of the participating citizens of the world answered that they are very concerned by the loss of biodiversity.
MA Wei-min, English teacher. Comes from Hebei Province next to Beijing, he traveled the whole day to arrive in Beijing though his home is not far compared to other participants. He likes to come again for this kind of activity.
84.02% of the participating citizens of the world answered that most people in the world are seriously affected by biodiversity loss today.
The first step for recruiting the Palestinian citizens was through collecting statistics about the number of population per governorate, the number of educated people, number of people with environmental membership, and type localities per governorate etc. Accordingly we decided to invite 132 persons for the first round of invitation.
During lunch young percussionists played instruments at the meeting in the Dominican Republic.
In Indonesia, an organic farmer, a psychologist, and a student sat together discussing biodiversity in the meeting. In this photo is a farmer.
61.07% of the participating citizens in the developed countries thinks that reducing the demand for more food by eating more plants and less meat is the most promising strategy in matching the future demand for food with the aim to protect biodiversity, while 19.27% voted the same in the developing countries.
An illustrator did drawings from the meeting in Region Nord pas de Calais, France.
In Nepal 104 citizens participated in the citizen meeting. 44 citizens were youth in the age 16-24 while 60 citizens were adults.
The citizens are bridging the gap between rural and urban population and getting to understand each other’s views on biodiversity.