Virtual Global Biodiversity Forum - Call for Participation
birchler at geog.ucsb.edu
Fri Jun 11 18:00:14 EST 1999
Please add your voice to Virtual Global Biodiversity Forum (VGBF),
to run from June 9 through July 5 in conjunction with the 14th Global
Biodiversity Forum taking place 18-20 June in Montreal, Canada. VGBF can
accessed online at http://vgbf.geog.ucsb.edu as well as by email (see
for details on listserv signup procedure).
The GBF provides for an independent, open and strategic mechanism to
analysis and unencumbered dialogue and debate among interested parties
address priority ecological, economic, institutional and social issues
related to the options for action to conserve biodiversity, and use
biological resources sustainably and equitably. The purpose of VGBF is
complement existing GBF activities by making them available to a larger
number of participants for a longer period of time. VGBF offers people
throughout the world who cannot attend GBF gatherings the opportunity to
participate in discussion on biodiversity-related issues.
The 14th session of the Global Biodiversity Forum
will be convened in Montreal, Canada, from June 18-20, 1999, immediately
prior to the fourth meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity's
Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice
(SBSTTA4) in Montreal, 21-25 June 1999. GBF14-Montreal/SBSTTA4 will
the following themes:
1 - Building biodiversity into sectoral strategies and action plans
2 - Ecosystem approaches to the management of biodiversity in drylands
3 - Resolving the conundrum of scale in adaptive management - households
VGBF consists of a webforum linked with a set of email listservs: all
listserv conversations are mirrored to the webforum and vice versa.
design makes it possible for people with web access as well as people
only email access to participate. The VGBF website and webforum can be
Information and online forms for signing up for the webforum and any
listserv are available at the website. Alternatively, if you desire to
sign up directly for a listserv, please follow the instructions
(1) Select a workshop of interest and choose the appropriate listserv.
There are three listservs, one for each workshop. They are named
"VGBF14-n-List", where n is the number of your workshop of interest.
instance, the listserv that will carry discussions concerning building
biodiversity into sectoral strategies and action plans (Workshop 1) will
(2) Send email to the VGBF List Requests address,
lists at vgbf.geog.ucsb.edu,
with the phrase "subscribe [name of list]" in the subject header or body
your message. Example:
(3) You will receive an email confirmation shortly thereafter, which you
must reply to within 24 hours. This is to confirm that we have your
VGBF is being developed by Jim Proctor of the University of California,
Santa Barbara in conjunction with the World Conservation Union (IUCN)
under the guidance of the GBF Steering Committee. Please contact Dr.
Proctor (jproctor at geog.ucsb.edu) if you would like additional
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