Dialogue Forum 4 I Year 2: Racing to Save the World’s Disappearing Biodiversity

The monthly forum to “bridge the gap” and “connect the dots” of different views and opinions as well as bits of information to create one big picture for better understanding in the society

In times when society has become widened with gaps and differences of views and opinions, one issue could be escalated into a crisis if there are no platforms available for appropriate discussion among all concerned.

The media, while informing and inspiring their audience, could also take an educating and facilitating role to serve such a purpose, acting as a bridge and helping connect the dots into one big picture.

In collaboration with its partners and with the support of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Thailand Office), Bangkok Tribune Online News Agency has come up with a monthly forum on issues of importance, under the project, “Dialogue Forum”.

This is to facilitate and provide a space for discussions and exchanges of dialogues and views as well as information regarding critical social and environmental issues both in Thailand and the Mekong region, thus not only bridging the gap and connecting the dots but also helping forge understanding among the public and the parties concerned, encouraging them to make a decision about the issues better or even find a common ground and seek solutions together.

Since the Global Strategic Plan on Biodiversity 2010-2020 as well as Aichi Targets came to an end last year, the world community is now working on the new global framework, Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, to lay out the new framework and strategy for countries to adopt as well as the new targets amid the rising challenge of the rapid biodiversity loss, with one million species being at stake in the next decades.

The World Economic Forum has noted that over half the world’s total GDP worth around US$44 trillion of economic value generation is moderately or highly dependent on nature and its services. The World Bank has also noted in its report this year that the loss of ecosystem services could cause a decline in global GDP by US$2.7 trillion by 2030 with higher intensity of impact in low-income and lower-middle-income countries

From this month to the middle of next year, the world community is holding the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) to help one another addresses the challenge as well as opportunities including the new framework to help guide the work in the next decades.

Part One of the conference that ended on October 15 has yielded a positive outcome as the joint declaration called Kunming Declaration to determine the clearer path and goals has been declared out loud along with the commitment to set up the new funds to push the work forward.

Among these are the Kunming Biodiversity Fund by Chinese President Xi Jinping, and the UN organisations’ push, which could see billions of dollars invested in biodiversity-related work and nature-based solutions.

The only questions that remain are whether such ambitious efforts will be able to address the challenges that keep rising over time and will be timely to save our biodiversity and our wellbeing in return.

The Dialogue Forum, which opens a space for such critical discussion, therefore, would cordially like to invite you to look through the challenges concerning our biodiversity loss and the ambitious efforts to save it and our wellbeing at Dialogue Forum 4 (Year2): Racing to Save the World’s Disappearing Biodiversity on October 29, from 1.15-3.30 pm via Zoom (in Thai) (See the programmes below)

Contact

Piyaporn Wong, Bangkok Tribune coordinator: 089 920 8027/ FB Messenger: Bangkok Tribune News

**Please register and confirm your Zoom participation ahead of the event at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvfumvpjgtGtLpmqVxzAzNVxg7HFW65a3e

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

***You can also watch the event live via FB [email protected] FB Page: Thai PBS, Decode, นักข่าวพลเมือง(ThaiPBS), Bangkok Tribune News, SEA-Junction, Thai SEJ (ชมรมนักข่าวสิ่งแวดล้อม)

Objectives

  • To develop and introduce a new body of knowledge and  innovation regarding the independent, in-depth media to the  public (Indie & In-depth)
  • To empower public members to be able to keep up with any developments as well as repercussions in the society, as well as the role of the media in helping shape the society (Empowering)
  • To promote participation in the development of such an innovative and constructive media so that it can remain open and accessible to all (Open & Accessible)

Partners

  • Decode.plus, Thai PBS
  • Thai Society of Environmental Journalists
  • SEA-Junction
  • Bangkok Tribune News Agency

Supported by: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Thailand Office)