WWViews on Biodiversity
On Saturday September 15th 2012, thousands of people around the world will take part in a global event: “World Wide Views on Biodiversity”. The project will engage ordinary citizens in as many countries as possible in the process of policymaking and awareness raising to sustain a living and healthy planet. At least a hundred citizens in each participating country will attend day-long meetings to learn about biodiversity issues, make up their minds about them, and express their views. The meetings will start at dawn in the Pacific and continue until dusk in the Americas. All meetings will have the same agenda and use the same approach in order to make results comparable and useful for policymakers gathering the following month in India to discuss future policy measures for preserving biological diversity.
WWViews on Biodiversity in MALDIVES
The STRENGTH OF SOCIETY (S.O.S.) is the national organiser of the WWViews day in MALDIVES.
STRENGTH OF SOCIETY (S.O.S.)
Strength of Society was formed as a civil society organisation in the Maldives in 2006. We have worked on a number of campaigns involving the empowerment of youth. We lobbied to make the legal voting age to 18 and succeeded in it, enabling a number of young voters to participate in the electoral process.
In 2007 and 2008 we worked with a number of civil society organisations in the Maldives, networking and campaigning on human rights issues and promoting democracy. In 2008, we were part of a get-out-to-vote campaign as the country geared up for the first multi-party free election ever held.
In September 2009 we participated in the World Wide Views on Global Warming, organised by the Danish Board of Technology, hosting the local meeting held in the Maldives.
We have worked with other civil society groups in the Maldives on conserving the rich marine flora and fauna in the Maldives. We have lobbied for the protection of islands with rich biodiversity and save those islands from destructive commercial practices.
Results of the WWViews in the Maldives
Link to the results page
Find more photos from the citizen meetings in the Maldives on Flickr
Documentary on the process and the results of World Wide Views on Biodiversity
Information Material for Citizens
1. Introduction to biodiversity, 2. Biodiversity on land, 3. Biodiversity in the sea, 4. Burden and Benefit Sharing