The Reporters’ Workshop was conducted on Saturday, September 18, 2021, where Mongabay-India discussed with India’s environment journalists and urban reporters, about why it is necessary for the media to talk about urban biodiversity and bring it back into the mainstream reporting.

Both the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Convention on Climate Change originated in 1992 at the Rio Summit. Even though India has been strongly voicing concerns of equity at the climate change negotiations since then, policies within the country came to be formulated with a seriousness only in 2008. On the other hand, India was one of the earliest countries to develop a Biodiversity Act to actualise the principles of the CBD in 2002, and this was preceded by many public discussions and consultations.

Despite this, today, there is a lot of attention from the public and media on climate change, rather than on biodiversity. Concerns related to urban biodiversity are doubly distanced from the mainstream since diversity of life is expected only in forests and not in cities. What is urban biodiversity and why is it important to increase conversations about urban biodiversity?

The session was part of a series on Bengaluru’s Ecosystems and Biodiversity, a joint project between Mongabay-India and Citizen Matters, supported by the Bengaluru Sustainability Forum (BSF).

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