|Community Dorf Introduction|
The ninth Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was held from 19-30 May 2008, in Bonn, Germany. More than 4,000 delegates representing the 191 parties to the Convention and other governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental, non-governmental, indigenous and local community representatives, academia and industry participated in the meeting. (Read a summary of CBD COP 9: background and major decisions)
The opening of the Community Dorf at CBD COP 9 marked the ninth “dialogue space” hosted by the Equator Initiative. Designed as a platform for local voices at regional and international fora, the “dialogue space” model has evolved to leverage the unique partnerships of the Equator Initiative to position local advocacy and knowledge sharing within larger policy dialogues on biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction. In the Equator Initiative tradition of drawing dialogue space names from local nomenclature for “village” or “place of sharing”, the space in Bonn, Germany was dubbed The Community Dorf.
The Dorf opened on May 19th and ran through May 28th, 2008 (daily reports are available here and daily photos, here). Over the 10-day event, community representatives – including all recipients of the 2006 Equator Prize – and Equator Initiative partners worked cooperatively to offer workshops and special event. For full coverage of all events please refer to the report, daily journals, and photo diaries.