Dr Justine Braby represented the CEC Chair at this conference in Bogota, Colombia in October 2013. Justine gave a key note address and moderated a panel discussion on communicating conservation and the value of biodiversity. Part of the outcome of the conference was to have the university radio commit to generating awareness and building mobilisation around the World Parks Congress stream “Inspiring a new Generation” and young people’s value of nature.
During this CEC mission, Justine, together with the National Natural Parks of Colombia Communications Department, held a CEC members meeting, a strategic communication professional updating session with the National Parks staff, and a meeting with the Environmental Communications Round Table of Colombia.
In the run up to the World Parks Congress in Sydney in 2014, the stream “Inspiring a new Generation” is of utmost importance when young people are further and further being disconnected from our survival system: nature. Dr Justine Braby gave a keynote address on the importance of conservation and how to communicate this importance, after which she moderated a panel discussion on this topic. With the help of the National Natural Parks Colombia and the President of the University Radio Network, an action and commitment pledge was drafted and signed by all University Radio Presidents. This exciting action pledge outlines commitments for University Radio to take the lead in encouraging young people to value and conserve nature, with the following key contributions:
1. Actively communicate the values of bioNational Natural Parks Colombia; conservation; communication; university radio; protected areas; World Parks Congress; Inspiring a new Generation; strategic communication; CEC; communicating conservation diversity and the steps that need to be taken for its conservation and sustainable use, by means of the development or strengthening of radio programs dedicated to the conservation of nature.
2. To generate spaces of intercultural dialogue that would lead to a larger respect for the traditional knowledge, innovation and practices of the indigenous and local communities that encourage sustainable use of biological diversity.
3. Contribute to the transfer of scientific knowledge and technological innovation towards the conservation of biodiversity.
4. Actively engage and share ideas in support of the global youth movement running up to the World Parks Congress by inviting young people to experience, be inspired by, value and conserve nature.
5. Encourage and contribute to discussions and build ownership over the development of the Young People’s Pact for Parks, People and Planet and share widely through radio the pact, which will be adopted at the World Parks Congress in Sydney in 2014.
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