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.