The VCBC represents the first ever "mega" consultation process that utilizes internet communication technology to seek views and provide a framework for an electronic debate of the civil society prior to a meeting of a Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Through the CBD Clearing House as well as electronic linkage with existing networks (such as IWLEARN, UNEP.NET, Infoterra, etc), it will involve government and non-government organizations, indigenous and local communities, women, youth, scientific and expert networks, academia, business networks, local communities, and other interested segments and groups in an open dialogue. The outputs of the resulting discussion will be summaries and presented to the High Level Segment of the Eight Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
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