Civil Society Meet
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), indigenous people’s organisations, social/people’s movements, professional associations and foundations, faith-based organizations, labour unions, and others, and totally committed individuals who are not part of any ‘system’, are critical actors in the conservation initiatives. Their involvement in discussions and policy making would definitely give proper directions to the future conservation paradigms and policy making.
IBC desires to have partnership with CSOs and individuals committed to biodiversity conservation, as we believe that these partnerships are imperative to the success of the programme. Many CSOs have a proven capacity for broad-based mobilization and creating bottom-up demand that fosters responsive governance. Civil society advocacy can facilitate the participation of those very much concerned with conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity in the design and implementation of development policies and programmes. This can enhance the delivery of basic social and environmental services, which are very much essential for the future biodiversity conservation scenario of the country. Moreover, members of civil society organizations volunteer their time, skills, and expertise to development. In the recent environmental conservation history of the country, the role played by CSOs towards biodiversity conservation has a bright history. One day of IBC 2018 will be dedicated for the meet, while the members will also get the opportunity to attend IBC for all the days. The recommendations of Civil Society Meet will also form part of IBC recommendations.