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Cities High on the Agenda at Major Conservation Gathering
an article by ICLEI news (abridged)

From 6-15 September, over 10,000 delegates from 153 countries participated in the World Conservation Congress (WCC) on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. The quadrennial Congress constitutes the premier gathering of organizations and experts affiliated to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s oldest and largest environmental organization. IUCN comprises more than 1200 government and NGO members, including ICLEI, and almost 11000 volunteer experts.

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Throughout hundreds of events, with the overarching slogan, Nature+, participants explored and promoted nature-based solutions to the world’s most pressing economic and social challenges, affording special attention to the themes, governance, development, food, and climate.

Congress highlights included updates on IUCN’s Red List of Ecosystems and Green List of Protected Areas, the launch of a publication documenting the world’s 100 most endangered species, the Protected Planet Report, the unveiling of a new EU fund of 20 million Euros earmarked for protected areas management, and the announcement by several large corporations of innovative initiatives and partnerships for nature conservation.

ICLEI partnered in several workshops, including WCC Session 790, Urban Dimensions of Nature Conservation and WCC Session 141, Collaborating with Local and Sub-national Authorities to achieve the Aichi Targets. The former examined the characteristics of urban protected areas and the unconventional conservation strategies they necessitate. The latter explored opportunities for sub-national authorities to become more actively engaged in nature conservation. . .

In the IUCN Members’ Assembly, a unique global environmental parliament, NGOs and governments debated and voted on over 180 motions. Motions addressing Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks, rare dolphin species, illegal bear farms, offsore drilling in South America, payment for ecosystem services, elephant and rhino poaching, mercury contamination, law enforcement, and recreational diving were adopted, as were two important motions relating to local governments: Motion 006 on Cooperation with local and regional government authorities in the implementation of the IUCN Programme 2013–2016; and Motion 058 on Redesigning future cities and related urban zones with protected areas: cities, return to nature. . .


Question(s) related to this article:

Despite the vested interests of companies and governments, Can we make progress toward sustainable development?

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Latest reader comment:

[responding to CPNN article The film 'Demain', a manifesto?

Yes initiatives from the grassroots are important and necessary which will have a direct impact on the present and the future. But there are governments like India which are conscious of over exploitation of the earth’s resources and are taking suitable policy measures and also taking legal action against the exploiters.

We must emphasize public transportation and reduce our dependence on individual cars even though the auto industry will not like this.

Otherwise it is not demain but aujourdhui — the problems are there for us to see.

This report was posted on September 29, 2012.