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NGO PREPARATIONS:

A Non-Governmental Liaison Committee has been established by the Barbados National Planning Committee. Chaired by the Caribbean Conservation Association, the Committee plans a number of activities in the period before the Conference. The NGOs hope to maintain close contact in a network after the PrepCom, hold national NGO meetings, hold regional meetings that will focus on regional positions as well as training NGOs on lobbying and techniques, and hold a meeting of the regional focal points before Barbados. In Barbados, they will convene the NGO Forum three or four days before the Global Conference itself and then run concurrently with it. The pre-conference session will focus on how to influence the process, while the remainder will concentrate more on workshops and substantive presentations. NGOs are also invited to consider plans and mechanisms for NGO follow-up. For more information, contact Nicholas Drayton, Caribbean Conservation Association, Savannah Lodge, The Garrison, St. Michael, Barbados, W.I.; phone: 809/426-9635; fax: 809/429-8483.