International Children’s Conference on Biodiversity (ICCB) 4
Delegates travelled to the seaside town of Mihama to create a Biodiversity World Map. The children worked in groups, brainstorming about threats to biodiversity in their regions. ‘We’re creating a world map indicating biodiversity issues like poaching, deforestation, pollution and so on, narrowing these down to the most crucial issues, and finally finding those common around the world, as well as identifying possible solutions,’ said Annie Collins, 14, from Canada.
‘Coal plants are a big problem in the Asia-Pacific region,’ said George Byrne, 11, from Australia. ‘Solutions are renewable energy sources, like solar, hydro and wind.’ Logein Taybah, 14, from Saudi Arabia, said that the Middle East group identified such threats to biodiversity as marine pollution, industrial air pollution and desertification, while Rufat and Aytakin Dargahli from Azerbaijan said, ‘In Europe, the two biggest problems are global warming and improper disposal of rubbish,’ adding that marine garbage dumping was a major problem in their country.
‘The challenge has been trying to agree on what problems are more pressing,’ said Annie. ‘We’re having a hard time deciding between deforestation and invasive species, for example.’ She noted that it was interesting to debate what’s important, defend positions and come to agreement – the first step towards finding solutions.