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International environment & wildlife film festival to be held in Delhi
The 7th CMS VATAVARAN is set to roll at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi from Jan 30 to Feb 03, 2014. In a completely new format, this 5 day biodiversity gala will showcase 150 films and more than 70 eminent speakers in 48 thematic sessions and expert talks.

The festival will host a high profile inaugural ceremony on Jan 30, 2014 evening and a fun-filled awards night on the Feb 02, 2014. The festival also promises music festival, organic food, green haat, and an open stage festival, apart from the film screenings and forums.

The festival theme this year is mainstreaming biodiversity conservation at different levels to promote living in harmony with nature. The festival and forum is specially designed around four sub-themes of the festival: Blue Agenda, Forest Biodiversity, Mountain Biodiversity and Inland Waters and Wetlands Biodiversity.

This theme is also significant in the context of the recently held 11th Conference of Parties (CoP-11) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at Hyderabad, India and UN Decade of Biodiversity 2011- 2022. The 7th edition of CMS VATAVARAN will be the largest public interface in New Delhi for celebrating CBD CoP 11 Presidency.

Therefore, this festival and forum is committed to address the underlying causes of loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society by making people aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably. 

Communities from across the country will be present to share their traditional knowledge, livelihoods, innovations in conserving the biodiversity. Around 1,00,000 participants ranging from policy makers at central and state level; businesses; communities; civil societies; research think tanks - researchers, research institutions, scientists, environmentalists/ conservationist; filmmakers; defence personnel, enthusiasts; national & international organisations; green innovators; communication professionals; media, youth and people at large will be part of this biodiversity extravaganza.

Some of the confirmed speakers and participants include Amol Palekar (well known actor and director), Adoor Gopalakrishnan (eminent filmmaker), Ms Belinda Wright (founder of WPSI), Bahar Dutt (environment journalist), Shekhar Dattari (wildlife filmmaker), Dr Raghuwat Chundawat (conservation biologist).

Apart from the six thematic lawns, a special lawn called the Young Champions Lawn will have a dedicated section solely for children and the youth with activities such as film screenings for children, interactive sessions with filmmakers, workshop on filmmaking & editing, musical concert, photography competition and biodiversity quiz.

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