Natural Justice hosted a side event at the 11th Conference of Parties (COP-11) of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 8
October, 2012 in Hyderabad, India. The event emerged from a rapid assessment
undertaken by Natural Justice for the CBD Alliance.
Among other issues raised by the report are a) the fact that there is no
clarity about the legal weight of the CBD and b) how civil society could better
engage in the implementation of the CBD. In this context, the event brought
together the following people to discuss the incumbent issues: Elisa Morgera
(Edinburgh University), S. Faizi (India Biodiversity Forum), Gurdial Singh
Nijar (Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity Law, University of Malaya), Joji
Carino (Tebtebba, pictured), Chee Yoke Ling (Third World Network), Yolanda
Saito (International Development Law Organization) and Frederic Perron-Welch
(Centre for International Sustainable Development Law). Harry Jonas from Natural
Justice introduced the report and moderated the session which was covered by
Earth Negotiations Bulletin and is available here.