Globaler Aktionstag zur Biodiversität

GeoMedia konzipiert Aktionen in 38 Ländern.

Filmpremiere mit Kanzlerin

Veranstaltung zu Beginn des Internationalen Jahres der Biologischen Vielfalt.

Arbeitstagung Wirtschaft und Politik im Dialog gegen Biopiraterie in Afrika

Auf internationalem Parkett

GeoMedia berät Süd-Süd-Kooperation zum Tropenwaldschutz.

2010

Global Biodiversity Action Day

A group of scouts in Namibia (photo: Constantin Harrer, Namibia)
A group of scouts in Namibia (photo: Constantin Harrer, Namibia)
Biological diversity in the focus of politics and media world-wide (photo: Karin v. Loebenstein, Nicaragua)
Biological diversity in the focus of politics and media world-wide (photo: Karin v. Loebenstein, Nicaragua)
Stand of the CEPA Fair at COP 10 (photo: GM)
Stand of the CEPA Fair at COP 10 (photo: GM)

GeoMedia plans campaigns in nearly 40 countries

“Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life,” was the United Nations' slogan for the International Year of Biological Diversity 2010. All around the world, attention was drawn to the economic benefits of biodiversity and the consequences of the rapid extinction of species. Commissioned by the Federal Ministries for the Environment and for Development, GeoMedia designed and co-ordinated a world-wide Action Day. In the days around 22 May, the International Day of Biological Diversity, scientists, students, politicians and journalists in 38 countries gathered with the broader public to experience nature together and discuss its significance for human development. The results were published in countless media all over the world.

 

While the events were being prepared, GeoMedia was able to rely on a world-wide network of actors from the fields of environment and international co-operation, and drew on their years of working with the renowned reportage magazine GEO. Besides the two ministries, the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and GEO, the other partners were: the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

 

The results were presented to an international audience at a wide range of important events. During the official ceremony for the International Year of Biodiversity in Nairobi, on 22 May 2010, the first interim results from Action Days that had already happened were presented to conference delegates. Documentation and a compilation of film material were ready to be shown on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2010, for instance, as input for a panel discussion at the Museum for Natural History in New York, whose participants included the Executive Secretary of the CBD and various Ministers of the Environment.

 

During the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10) in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010, the results of all Action Days were presented at a stand of the CEPA Fair with films and banners. Moderated by GEO International Chief Editor Martin Meister, during a panel debate, B-Day organisers from various continents guided more than 80 international delegates through the results of their Action Days. Also at COP 10, project co-ordinator Suhel al-Janabi (Managing Director, GeoMedia GbR, Bonn) presented the concept of the Global Action Days at the event "TEEB 4 Me": Communicating the Value of Nature as a special example of best practice.


Brochures and films for downloading at http://www.biodiversity-day.info

A video on the "TEEB 4 Me" presentation is available here.

A film premiere with the Federal Chancellor

German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, Federal Minister of Environment Dr. Norbert Röttgen (left), Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme Achim Steiner (right) and further distinguished guests at a ceremonial event in Berlin's Natural History Museum on the 11th January 2010 (Photo: BMU)
German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, Federal Minister of Environment Dr. Norbert Röttgen (left), Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme Achim Steiner (right) and further distinguished guests at a ceremonial event in Berlin's Natural History Museum on the 11th January 2010 (Photo: BMU)

Kick-off event for the International Year of Biological Diversity

The International Year of Biological Diversity was officially opened in Berlin on 11 January 2010. More than 200 guests of honour from science, politics, and business attended the kick-off event with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel.

A six-minute video, “22 May 2010: Biodiversity and Development - a Global Action Day” took the guests on a world-wide tour around the beauty of nature, vividly illustrating the economic services of the ecosystems: from the pollination of our crop plants through the production of clean water to the regulation of the climate.

Commissioned by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, GeoMedia produced the film in co-operation with MediaCompany. It is available in four languages (German, English, French and Spanish) and was presented in many countries during the Year of Biological Diversity.

Film for downloading and more information on the Global Day of Action at www.biodiversity-day.info

Business meeting against biopiracy in Africa

Discussing the use of nature - in natural surroundings: chief African UN negotiators and industrial representatives in a moderated dialogue (photo: GM)
Discussing the use of nature - in natural surroundings: chief African UN negotiators and industrial representatives in a facilitated dialogue (photo: GM)
A lot is at stake: Transparency is demanded in the industrial development of products based on biological and genetic resources from Africa. (Photo: GM)
A lot is at stake: Transparency is demanded in the industrial development of products based on biological and genetic resources from Africa. (Photo: GM)

Getting European business associations and African environment ministries around one table isn’t easy, especially if common positions are to be worked out for an international agreement. This all becomes a true challenge when the focus is on a controversial topic like access to genetic resources and Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS). However, with enough diplomatic skill, intensive preparations and professional facilitation, it can work – as GeoMedia proved in South Africa in the autumn of 2009. Ten representatives of the pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetics industries got together to enter a dialogue with African chief UN negotiators.

GeoMedia had been commissioned to organise and support the Workshop by a multi-donor initiative developing know-how on access and benefit sharing in Africa. Partners to the event were the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, the Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT) in Geneva and the trade consortium PhytoTrade Africa in Harare and London.

2009

In the international arena

World Forestry Congress 2009. Three tropical forest regions sharing experiences (photo: GM)
World Forestry Congress 2009. Three tropical forest regions sharing experiences (photo: GM)
A voracious appetite for precious wood and farmland: approx. ten million hectares of tropical forest are lost each year. (Photo: Hurdeboucq)
A voracious appetite for precious wood and farmland: approx. ten million hectares of tropical forest are lost each year. (Photo: Hurdeboucq)

GeoMedia advising on South-South co-operation in the conservation of tropical forests

In 2009, GeoMedia organised and supported several conferences and workshops on the sustainable use of forests. On the Indonesian island of Bali, GeoMedia supported an initial meeting of the three largest regional organisations dealing with the conservation of tropical forests: the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (OTCA) and the Central Africa Forests Commission (COMIFAC). Together, they represent more than 28 countries with tropical forests in three continents. The meeting, which GeoMedia was commissioned to organise by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), laid the foundations for long-term co-operation between the organisations. GeoMedia also prepared the contents and organisation of the more in-depth follow-up workshop in Montreal, Canada, in close collaboration with the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. At this workshop, the three organisations co-ordinated their focal areas in the field of sustainable forestry. 

A further meeting was organised and moderated by GeoMedia in the context of the 13th World Forestry Congress in Buenos Aires. Here, concrete fields for further co-operation were resolved, such as monitoring of forest areas, measures against biopiracy and the establishment of financing mechanisms.