IUCN World Conservation Congress Marseille 2020

During the IUCN World Conservation Congress 1300+ government, civil society and indigenous peoples’ member organisations come together to set priorities and vote on major issues regarding conservation and sustainable development action.

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IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 postponed In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Government of France have decided to postpone the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 in Marseille to 7-15 January 2021 from its original date of 11-19 June.

Dates: 

7-15 January 2021 

Location: 

Marseille, France

Target audience: 

Scientists, policy experts, business leaders and professionals from around the globe share their experience, innovation and latest research.

Website:

IUCN Congress 2020 website

Components: 

1) Members' Assembly

The Members' Assembly is IUCN’s highest decision-making body. During the Assembly, IUCN’s more than 1300 government, civil society and indigenous peoples’ Member organisations from more than 160 countries vote on pressing conservation and sustainable development issues. 

2) Forum

The Forum is a knowledge marketplace for conservation and sustainable development science, practice and innovation. Over 600 sessions address the economic, social, scientific and technical aspects of issues ranging from wildlife to oceans, protected areas to sustainable business, and climate change to human rights.

3) Exhibition

In the Exhibition, IUCN Members and Commissions, businesses, partners, and academia host pavilions, booths and events. The Exhibition is open to both Congress participants and the general public, allowing exhibitors to showcase their research, innovations and other works to the broadest Congress audience.

Outcomes

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 in Hawaii, USA attracted over 10,000 participants from 180 countries and generated over 21,000 news articles and reached 75 million people on social media. IUCN Members took over 120 decisions on major conservation issues and this, along with the momentum, knowledge and commitments generated at the event, helped move the recently-adopted Paris Climate Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals into action. 

Thirza Loffeld

WildHub Community Manager, WildTeam UK

My background is mainly in species conservation, education and capacity development. For several years, I researched mother-young interactions in gorillas and chimpanzees, in captivity and the wild. After that, I worked for three years in Indonesia, where I developed and implemented youth ambassador and community engagement programmes on local and regional scales. These programmes are aimed at building conservation capacity and promoting stewardship. I currently conduct my PhD research on the professional development of conservation professionals and work as Community Manager at WildHub.
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