Celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Belgian ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity
On May 20, 2016 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Belgian ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Biodiversity is life! But that life is threatened ... Following the global mobilization for the climate a similar political momentum for biodiversity, life on earth, is urgently needed.
Good decisions are necessary to make concrete progress. Therefore, on May 20, two days before the International Biodiversity Day on May 22, a panel discussion was organized on the future of biodiversity policy. During this day ministers presented their political decisions of the past and the future. Also the policy makers of tomorrow and the audience were involved in a debate between young politicians.
In recent months the general public was invited to come up with innovative ideas to improve biodiversity. The winners of the contest “1001 ideas for biodiversity” were present on Friday to receive their award. Several partners offered prices, including CEBioS.
The professor Faustin Toengaho, rector of Université of Pisangani (DRC) was also present to offer the awards together with Luc Janssens de Bisthoven, coordinator of the CEBioS programme. The first price of CEBioS was a bamboo bike, constructed by the NGO Mekong Plus (see picture).
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