On Saturday, September 15th 2012, thousands of people around the world will participate in a global event dubbed “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, including Saint Lucia, 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 is being coordinated by the Danish Board of Technology (DBT) and is fully supported and promoted by the UN secretariat of the convention on Biological diversity in Montreal (CBD).
The Saint Lucia National Trust is grateful for a second opportunity to serve as DBT’s National Partner on island with responsibility to organize such a meeting of this magnitude. As is customary, the Trust will partner with various agencies in the environmental filed, particularly the Biodiversity Unit, in order to stage a successful meeting. We believe that this consultation is important in our collective efforts to raise the level of awareness among Saint Lucians about the importance of our biodiversity, the threats they encounter and our role to conserve them.