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IUCN World Conservation Congress sessions to look out for

23 August 2016


BGCI will soon be heading to Hawai'i for the IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawai’i Convention Centre, Honolulu 1st - 10th September. Check out these events and sessions held by us and others:


Initiating a new IUCN Species Survival Commission Specialist Group: Seed Conservation - Friday 2nd September, 2016 (11:00 - 13:00) Room 311-8

The session brings together experts including native seed bank managers, conservation program managers, national/international coordinators, and other specialists from around the world to initiate a new Seed Conservation Specialist Group under the IUCN Species Survival Commission. We will share lessons learned in seed conservation science, tools, and techniques, and our successes to date in conserving native flora through seed banking. Read more 


Opening Ceremony and Official Launch of the #NatureForAll Campaign - Friday 2nd September, 2016 (11:00 - 12:00) #NatureForAll Pavilion

Join the #NatureForAll campaign partners to officially open our Congress pavilion and share in the excitement as we launch a global movement to connect millions more people with nature! This session will be a celebration of the partners and an opportunity to toast the launch of this movement whose time has come. Read more 


Global Tree Assessment (poster) - Saturday 3rd September, 2016 (14:00 - 14:30) Screen 12

The Global Tree Assessment aims to provide conservation assessments of all the world’s tree species by 2020. The assessment will identify those tree species that are at greatest risk of extinction and provide prioritization information to ensure that conservation efforts are directed at the right species so that no tree species becomes extinct. Here we outline different ways to get involved – as a tree expert, botanic garden/arboretum, conservation organization, student, individual or a funder. Read more  


Global and national Red Lists: development and use of high-quality assessments as effective conservation tools for fungi, plants and animals - Sunday  4th September, 2016 (09:00-17:30) Room 308A

In partnership with the IUCN Red List Unit, members of the IUCN Global Tree Specialist Group will be hosting a one day Conservation Campus. Participants will learn from experienced Red List assessors and trainers what exactly a Red List assessment is; the necessary ingredients, tools, and instructions to successfully conduct and publish an assessment; and the role of assessments as effective conservation tools. Global and regional examples from various taxonomic groups will be used, including lessons learned from previous plant Red List training and assessment workshops held on islands and other tropical areas. Read more


Conservation organisations as agents of social empowerment: Applying nature-based solutions to forward human rights and conservation goals - Saturday 4th September, 2016 (17:00 - 19:00) Room 316B

Join panelists and participants in sharing examples of nature based solutions that serve both conservation and socials goals and in discussion of approaches and practices associated with successful conservation-based social empowerment. Through the round table discussions and summaries, we develop a sense of the possibilities and practices that can be used to enact socially supportive conservation work and to inspire participants to consider social empowerment benefits. Read more 


Biosphere Ethics in Action: The Commitment of Museums - Monday 5th September, 2016 (08:30 - 10:30) Room 311-2

The Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (Paris), Space for Life (Montreal) and the Musées de la Civilisation (Quebec City) built a set of shared values and committed themselves to the Biosphere Ethics Initiative.

Goals for participants:
• Discover a unifying approach embraced enthusiastically by employees of the three museums in an effort to build a set of shared values.

• Develop the desire to commit to the BEI and to form a network of institutions dedicated to acting ethically. Read more


Co-creating engagement: New approaches to reach new audiences -  Monday 5th September, 2016 (13:00 - 14:30) #NatureForAll Pavilion. 

This session aims to offer participants insight into novel ways to break down barriers between organizations and the public to make all sectors of society aware of the values of a healthy planet and support them to contribute to thriving ecosystems and benefit from all nature has to offer. This session is aimed at professionals from outdoor learning sites or conservation organizations who are seeking to find approaches to engage with diverse sectors of society. Read more 

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