Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea,
hosts the 12th
Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
This event is one the most important on the globe for those
keen on protecting biodiversity.
When reports estimate losses of 40 percent of all land and sea
animals since 1970, an action plan needs to be crafted yesterday.
Colleagues who want to call attention and gather support for
biodiversity conservation, there are allies outside the conference
hall, but only if the social
web is integrated. A hashtag is just one way of connecting
people. We have to rethink communication beyond the megaphones
and official press conferences.
On the technical wishlist … I'd love to see a program
of what's being shown on the webcast and when. It would be awesome
to use Google Docs for
collaborative note taking and the creation of transcripts. What
if press conferences were conducted in South Korea as Google
Hangouts with livestreaming video immediately archived on
YouTube? Is anyone interested in updating the CBD's
I would be very happy if the organizers and participants uploaded
some photos with descriptions to Flickr that include the Creative
Commons attribution-share alike license. We – and other
websites – would have permission to include these images
Later in October we celebrate Open
Access Week. Think of the progress we could make if some
of the biodiversity educational materials were available with
open access licenses!
On my personal wishlist … I'm hoping that event includes
some forums and workshops about biodiversity's connection to
travel and tourism. It's on the radar – take a look at
the side events – but we can do so much more!
We will also be paying attention to the continuing discussion
from Indigenous Peoples. Having
facilitated a workshop at the previous COP in India, I am
keen on seeing what developments have taken place and what's
on the current agenda.
welcome on my blog.