Community Dorf


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). NJ has legalised online gambling. Visit NJ Online gmabling websites to learn about how to play poker, casino and gambling legally.

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 reportdaily journals, and photo diaries.

Day 1 - May 16: CBD Capacity Building Day

Ahmed Djoghlaf (Executive Secretary, SCBD): Mr. Djoghlaf opened the session by stating the three aims of the CBD: conservation, sustainable use, and the fair and equitable sharing of access and benefits. He said that civil society and NGOs are key stakeholders in this process and that a strong partnership of local communities, indigenous peoples, youth, and all sections of society is needed to ensure that the views of all stakeholders are heard, represented, and implemented. He also stated the need to engage the private sector in this effort, and make the statement that the business norm has to change, and that we will not buy environmentally unfriendly products.


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Day 2 - May 19


The Community Dorf opened today at the Ninth Conference of Parties (COP9) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Eileen de Ravin, Manager of the Equator Initiative, welcomed the participants and introduced the facilitation team.




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Day 3 - May 20

Facilitators started the second day of the Community Dorf by welcoming new participants. Following a recap of the previous day, there was a report back from the Indigenous Forum, which happened over the weekend. Discussions included how to engage country delegates, the issue of protected areas, access and benefit sharing, and enforcement of CBD outcomes at the national level (there was a noted lack of enforcement mechanisms).




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Day 4 - May 21

The third day of the Community Dorf opened with a review of the previous day, a report back from the CBD discussion on access and benefit sharing, and the welcoming of new guests and participants. Among the new guests were representatives of Equator Initiative partner, The Nature Conservancy, who complimented the Community Dorf for its contributions to the COP9 program of work and Sarah Scherr of EcoAgriculture Partners, a more recent addition to the Equator Initiative partnership.



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Day 5 - May 22

The day began with a welcoming of new friends and a report back from several meetings, including: the Indigenous Peoples Forum, the GEF-SGP Forum (complaints were voiced that projects are not being carried out and about onerous reporting requirements for projects - red tape), and the Community Commons (Vandana Shiva emphasized the need to protect the commons from privatization, namely through sustainable communities).




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Day 6 -May 26


A surprising encounter in Bonn during the Community Dorf's trip at the Eifel National Park





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Day 7 -May 27

On 26 May 2008, the Equator Initiative welcomed the Government of Norway as the newest addition to the Equator Initiative partnership during an award ceremony at the 9th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological diversity, celebrating twenty-five winners of the Equator Prize 2006. The Equator Prize is a biannual accolade recognizing successful grassroots-level achievement in alleviating poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity; and, as a result of three rounds of awarding the Prize since 2002, winning communities have found themselves with greater currency in influencing and shaping local and national environmental policy.


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