MONTREAL, Oct. 16, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Space for Life has been invited by the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to present its approach for encouraging public awareness and involvement in biodiversity issues at two exclusive sessions on October 16 and 17, in Hyderabad, India, at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11).
HELPING TO CREATE NEW WAYS OF LIVING
"By joining forces in a common mission, the Space for Life institutions are firmly proclaiming their intention to contribute as much as possible to the biodiversity preservation movement," says Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Executive Director of the Space for Life. "This invitation from the CBD Secretariat to explain our citizen-focussed approach to other players in the biodiversity movement is not only a salute to the daily actions by our teams and the citizens who work with them. It is a tribute to the relevance and value of the Space for Life goals, of creating spaces where we can connect with nature and come together to invent new ways of living, ways that are essential to our future and to protecting biodiversity."
Speaking to the member countries at COP11 (on October 16), and at the Experiences and Best Practices in Communication, Education and Public Awareness Fair (CEPA 2012, on October 17), the Space for Life will describe its defining site, movement and commitment and the rich history of its four institutions and the vision that unites them, of bringing humankind closer to nature.
A VISION THAT IS PART OF A WORLDWIDE MOVEMENT
The idea of creating or restoring the bond between humans and nature, of building a relationship aimed at affirming or reaffirming people's commitment to nature, is an approach to safeguarding biodiversity advocated by millions of people and communities around the globe, and by a number of highly acclaimed organizations that are at the heart of this global movement, like the UICN (World Conservation Union - the largest and oldest worldwide organization devoted to conserving nature).
The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity is being held from October 8 to 19, in Hyderabad, India. The Conference, which meets every two years (the last time was in Nagoya, Japan), is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings.
Space for Life, the first space in the world dedicated to humankind and nature, brings together the Montréal Biodôme, Botanical Garden, Insectarium and Planetarium. Together they are committed to safeguarding and showcasing biodiversity and invite people from Montréal and around the world to join in this bold, creative urban movement.
SOURCE: Espace pour la vie
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