September 2010 — Issue 38
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IUCN / CEC Newsletter September 2010 Issue 38

Dear CEC members,

The theme of this newsletter is "Youth and Intergenerational Partnership". In his guest editorial, Dominic Stucker of the CEC Steering Committee describes numerous CEC activities that seek to engage youth and young professionals in conservation and sustainability. I would like to thank CEC members for sharing so many inspiring stories about initiatives by and for children, youth and young professionals.

At this time, CEC is mobilizing for the conference on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10). Our main focus is the CEPA Fair, where I will join a small CEC delegation in promoting 'Communication, Education and Public Awareness' for biodiversity. All CEC members attending COP10 are invited to an informal CEC gathering.

Biodiversity is the focus of high-level attention. IUCN's Director General addressed the United Nations General Assembly meeting last week, where world leaders warned that continuing loss of biodiversity represents a major obstacle to attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (press release). The United Nations Secretary-General urged world leaders to commit to reversing the alarming rate of biodiversity loss and rescue the natural economy before it is too late (press release).

In this newsletter, the energy and enthusiasm of young people is a welcome boost in our efforts to communicate biodiversity.

With best regards,
Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair
KEITH WHEELER, CEC CHAIR
Keith Wheeler, CEC Chair

Guest Editorial

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Intergenerational Partnership: Achievements and Aspirations
Engaging young people and collaborating across generations is essential for supporting the sustainability movement and the IUCN mission of biodiversity conservation. Dominic Stucker of the CEC Steering Committee introduces the theme of the CEC September 2010 newsletter: Youth and Intergenerational Partnership. »


CEC in Nagoya

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Bringing Science to Life: CEC at CBD COP 10 in Nagoya
A side event at the CEPA Fair is the main event for CEC during COP 10 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in October. Here is an update on CEC at Nagoya. »


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Young Professional Selected for CEC Nagoya Delegation
Yvonne Otieno will join the IUCN CEC delegation in Nagoya this October for COP 10 of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Dominic Stucker of the CEC Steering Committee reports on the democratic selection process. »

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Youth and Young Professionals in CEC

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How to Build and Animate Youth Networks, by Grace Mwaura
Grace Mwaura, IUCN Councillor and CEC members, shares her experience and lessons learned as a leader in youth networks. »


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1000 Environment-Friendly Youth Ambassadors in China
Training will prepare 1000 youth in six cities across China to enhance public awarenss of environmental protection. The program will also solicit 100 proposals for energy conservation and emission reduction. CEC member Mr Jia Feng of the Center for Environmental Education and Communication directs the program. »


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Nigerian Youths Make Case for Safer Climate Future
CEC National Activator for Nigeria, Esther Agbarakwe, organized a youth forum in Nigeria on the topic of climate change. The event also marked the start of the International Year of Youth. »


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Indonesian Youth are Climate-Smart Leaders
Climate-Smart Leaders is a youth programme of Yayasan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan (Foundation for Sustainable Development), where CEC member Darwina Widjajanti is Director. It rewards youth for taking action to combat climate change. »


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Herbal Medicine: View from Youth
CEC member Yvonne Otieno interviews a young herbalist in Eastern Kenya about communicating traditional knowledge, and his work with the World Agroforestry Centre on the medicinal tree species Warbugia Urgandesis. »


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Knowledge for Resilience: A Case Study
What happens to traditional fishermen’s multi-generational knowledge when the young people do not follow the tradition? CEC member Andrea Déri presents a case study on how young people revitalised and re-contextualised intergenerational learning for biodiversity conservation in the Lakshadweep archipelago, India. »


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Youth Guidebook on Sustainability by AEGEE
CEC member Kadri Kalle co-edited a guidebook by the European Student's Forum, which was the first youth organisation to join Countdown 2010, an IUCN initiative. »


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Resources for Conservation Educators from The Ocean Project
Resources for "Reaching Youth" and "Inspiring Children" fill two new webpages with material designed to inspire wonder and action, writes Abigail Nehring of The Ocean Project, where CEC member William Mott is director. »


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Uniting School Children for Waterfowl Conservation Awareness
Rural and urban students are learning about the need to maintain the ecological health of wetlands as a waterfowl refuge, especially for wintering migrants in Uttar Pradesh in north India. Faiza Abbasi is a CEC member and wildlife teacher from the Aligarh Muslim University. »


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Kids and Animals: Art Exibit at Moscow's Darwin Museum
CEC member Nina Dobrynina shares charming art by children that celebrates their connection to their animal friends. 100 pieces of art are exhibited at the Darwin Museum in Moscow. »


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Students, Biodiversity and Wildlife in Iowa
Pella Wildlife Company offers opportunities for school age children to become Jr. Wildlife Ambassadors and share information they have learned about biodiversity and the return of extirpated predators to Iowa, USA. From CEC member Rod DeArmond. »


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Sarayuka in Ecuador: Documentary Film from David Without Borders
Check out their second video episode "Na'vi of the Amazon: Avatar happens in Ecuador". Découvrez leur deuxième épisode vidéo "Les Na'vis de l'Amazonie : Avatar se passe aussi en Équateur". »


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International Year of Youth Launched Today
12 August 2010 -- International Year of Youth to Be Launched Today at United Nations Headquarters, on theme of 'Dialogue and Mutual Understanding'. »


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Education and the Conservation of Threatened Plants
CEC member Deepika Mishra is engaged in efforts to conserve the valuable plant biodiversity of Rajasthan state of India by running awareness programs and exploring biotechnological approaches. »


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Research from the Children & Nature Network
The Children & Nature Network has set out to compile a premier set of research studies to help us all understand what's best for children's healthy development. From CEC Steering Commitee member Cheryl Charles. »


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YAEF Establishes First Community-based Environmental Television in Nepal
The Youth Awareness Environmental Forum (YAEF) recently established ETV Nepal - Environmental Television Nepal. CEC member Dr. Astaman Kishee Maharjan is YAEF Chair. »

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Views on Pakistan Floods

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View from Pakistan by CEC Regional Vice-Chair
“The enormity of the disaster which affects millions of people should be a test even for well-established governance and disaster management systems,” writes Javed Jabbar, IUCN CEC Regional Vice-Chair for West Asia and the Middle East. »


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Youth in Pakistan are focus of Huma Beg's Films
Dominic Stucker of the CEC Steering Committee shares a video from Utror, Pakistan. "This video on flood relief efforts in Pakistan is by my friend and colleague, Huma Beg of Serendip Productions, working and filming in her native Pakistan," he says. »


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Floods in Pakistan: Satellite Images Provide "Before" and "After" Information
Satellite images are used by humanitarian agencies and first responders to plan relief and evacuation activities by comparing “before” and "after" imagery to detect changes to the landscape and infrastructure. From CEC member Nancy Colleton, CEC Specialty Group Leader for Environmental Information. »

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More CEC Member News

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Social Marketing Campaign Reaches Vezo Fishermen in Madagascar
A campaign to improve compliance with a ban on destructive fishing methods sought to raise awareness and change behaviour. CEC member Dr. Alasdair Harris reports on a joint effort of the marine conservation NGO Blue Ventures with social marketing experts Rare Conservation. »


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Soap Opera to Address Climate Change in the Caribbean
To fight climate change in the Caribbean, PCI-Media Impact, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and more than 25 regional partners are using soap and a lot of elbow grease. CEC member Sean Southey reports on the regional effort. »


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CEPA Strategy in Bangladesh Tiger Conservation Project
Iqbal Hussain, CEC member, shares the change behaviour approach of Sundarbans Tiger Project, a flagship project of Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh. »


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CEC Members are Invited to Wash D.C. Reception
A reception for IUCN members and Commission members will be held Monday, September 27 at 5:30 pm at the Washington D.C. offices of WWF-US. This invitation is shared with CEC members by John Francis, CEC Regional Vice-Chair for North America and the Caribbean. »


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Terra abençoada pelos ipês
Inspired by Brazil's famous flowering tree, CEC member Suzana Padua wrote this article for the online publication O Eco. In Portuguese, with photos. »


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La Biodiversité de la Steppe Algérienne
L'association Arc en Ciel, en coordination avec l’ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas en Algérie, a organisé un colloque national à Ain Sefra. Par Abdallah Khazene, membre du CEC. »


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Oil Spill Photos by Gary Braasch in Vanity Fair Magazine
CEC member Gary Braasch's photography and reporting from the BP Oil gusher and disaster in the Gulf continues. On 21 September, his photo of the Kemp's ridely sea turtle appear online in Vanity Fair magazine. »


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Ford Foundation Looks to Indigenous People in Climate Change Response
The Ford Foundation has committed $85 million to advance rural land rights and reduce climate change. CEC member Pam Puntenney shares the news. »


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CEC Welcomes IUCN Office Opening in Brazil
"IUCN has a special magnetism that is quite incomparable," observes CEC member Suzana Padua in her report on the opening of the IUCN office in Brazil. CEC Chair Keith Wheeler welcomes the chance to expand Commiission work in Brazil. »

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Awards

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Volvo Adventure & UNEP Award for Young People's Eco-Action
UNEP and Volvo offer an international award to recognise and reward the activities of young people who are working to solve environmental problems in a practical way. The award is in its 10th year. From CEC member Wayne Talbot. »

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Events

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Wildscreen Festival Runs 10-15 October
Bristol, UK, hosts the wildlife film festival starting 10 October. Wildscreen's Chief Executive is CEC Steering Committee member Harriet Nimmo. »


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Two Conferences on Education Informatics and IT
Two international conferences will be held March 2011 in Florida. ICETI 2011 focuses on Education, Training and Informatics. ICSIT 2011 focuses on Society and Information Technologies. Shared by CEC member Ana Puyol. »


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Earth Charter Conference 'Ethical Framework for a Sustainable World'
An event marking the 10th anniversary of the Earth Charter starts 1 November in Ahmedabad. »

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