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Scouting for biodiversity and children’s environmental rights

2nd Aug 2011

What would the world be like if designed by Scouts? If you could let your imagine go wild and bring a new species to life, what would it look like? How can we make a difference in our home societies so that we live in a more harmonious world for people and nature?

These are some of the questions being explored by Scouts at workshops being ran by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as part of the Global Development Village (GDV) at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden.

IUCN, as the world’s largest environment network has partnered up with the world’s largest youth movement in the World Organization of the Scout Movement in this unique opportunity to help Scouts explore conservation issues, as well as get to know first-hand what are the concerns of young people from around the world.

“We have had over 300 Scouts from 20 nationalities attend our workshops at the GDV so far, with another 200 expected in the coming days,” said Rod Abson of IUCN. “They have all been very enthusiastic in exploring the themes of the workshops, playing games and getting into some challenging discussions. One workshop celebrates biodiversity, the variety of life on the planet, and explores the connections between threatened species, ecosystems and what we can do to reduce our impact on the planet.

The other workshop is about children’s environmental rights and sees Scouts creating a new country and deciding what rights they should have as children, debating which are the highest priority issues and making recommendations for how they can change their own society for the better when they return home.”

The IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) has taken the lead in coordinating the IUCN workshops at the GDV as part of its focus on learning and building the capacity of young people to take effective conservation action. For more information please see:

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IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges by supporting scientific research; managing field projects all over the world; and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN, international conventions and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

The world's oldest and largest global environmental network, IUCN is a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists and experts in some 160 countries. IUCN's work is supported by over 1,000 professional staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. IUCN's headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, in Switzerland.

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