Outcomes from the Indian Youth Biodiversity Network Forum for Biodiversity

-By K. Bharath Reddy

Indian Youth Biodiversity Network is an official national chapter of Global Youth Biodiversity Network, and consists of a group of young inspiring people who aim to create a positive impact at National and Sub-National levels. We are a network of individuals with a common goal to address various biodiversity issues and prevent the loss of biodiversity.

The first edition of the Indian Youth Biodiversity Network (IYBN) Online Capacity-building and Consultation Workshop was successfully completed on 23 and 24 January 2021.



The consultation process included discussions on major sectors as a start to address the issues of biodiversity conservation in India.

The following topics became the youth priorities during the consultation process:

1. Transformative education,

2. Rights of nature,

3. Women role in conservation and gender issues,

4. Youth activism and their role in conservation,

5. Pollinators,

6. Community conservation and protected areas,

7. Marine and freshwater conservation,

8. Art and culture of biodiversity

9. Gene drives, Nagoya protocol and digital sequence information


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Hence this forum has been established to discuss further on each outcome through various sessions by inviting eminent speakers, government representatives, scientists to collect their views and perspectives through a mutual dialogue between the experts on the subject and the participants.



The purpose of this forum is to help youth better understand the Updated Zero Draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and to develop an action plan for CBD COP 15 and beyond.


The major outcomes of the discussions emphasized the need to have a strong bottom-up approach for conservation and the importance to engage youth from all sectors as well as the indigenous communities.

Valuable opinions and perspectives of Indian youth were collected, the recommendations and youth ideas were compiled from the forum discussions.


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