World Wide Views on Biodiversity
On Saturday September 15th 2012, thousands of people around the world took part in a global event: “World Wide Views on Biodiversity”. It engaged ordinary citizens in as many countries as possible in the process of making policies to address the decline of biodiversity. The results of the World Wide Views will be explained to policy makers at the United Nations COP11 meeting in Hyderabad, India, in October 2012. As policymaking becomes global in scale, new tools are needed in order to include and engage citizens worldwide in the political processes. The challenge is to close a widening democratic gap between policymakers and citizens and thereby increase the citizen’s sense of ownership to decisions made about current global issues.
Unlike traditional opinion polls, the WWViews method offers participating citizens extensive information on a complex subject as well as time for face-to-face deliberation before the questions are answered. Therefore the WWViews method ensures more qualified and well-considered answers from the participants.
Lead by the Danish Board of Technology, Biofaction co-organizes the World Wide Views (WWViews) on Biodiversity process, focusing on identifying the questions for citizens, preparing the information material and documenting the process.
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