Oct 01, 2012 at 08:53am IST

COP out: Pay for food in dollars

There will be multiple rounds of frisking and some irksome regulations for media personnel covering the Conference of Parties at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC).

They cannot carry food or drink into the venue and will have to cough up dollars for refreshments in the cafeteria.

 The 100 or so media houses are in for a shocker as only one person from each organization will be allowed into the proceedings of the plenary sessions or working group conferences.

 Two days prior to the designated date for COP 11, details of the event were still being kept under wraps much like the murals en route the venue.

 The organizers refused to comment on the expected overall turnout and the list of spokespersons and delegates.

 The schedule for the day’s events will be addressed to the non-delegates in the early hours.

The proceedings can be accessed through livestreaming on designated websites.

The cincher is that no video cameras are allowed in the plenary sessions or working group meetings.

Only still cameras are allowed during the sessions, some of whom might be asked to leave depending on the turnout for the particular session.

The fortified area around the conference hall will ensure that the delegates are segregated from members of the media.

The five day long meet on Biosafety will be attended by 2000 delegates representing 150 countries, a number likely to pick up during COP-11 on Biodiversity which begins on October 8.

 Arrangements have been made for 450 delegates in each hall with an attendance of around 60-75 representatives from local, national and international media members.