IUCN World Conservation Congress

01.09.16 - 10.09.16

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The IUCN World Conservation Congress has grown to be the world’s largest and most democratic recurring conservation event in the world, bringing the expertise and influence of its powerful membership to bear on the most pressing issues of the time. It has two parts: a marketplace of ideas called the Forum and a voting session for IUCN Members called the Members’ Assembly.

Heads of State and other high-level government officials, top CEOs and business leaders, representatives from indigenous groups and leading civil society organisations of all shapes and sizes  along with top scientists, academics, influencers, educators and artists from all over the world. In all, we expect between 6,000-10,000 participants at the IUCN Congress 2016.

The IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenge.

IUCN World Congress: Planet at the crossroads
1-10 September, Hawaii (USA)


TEEBAgriFood: The economic invisibility of ecological impacts
from agricultural & food systems

3 September / 11:00 – 13:00 (HAST)

The TEEB Initiative will lead a workshop at the World Congress under the title TEEBAgriFood: The economic invisibility of ecological impacts from agricultural & food systems. Participants in the workshop session will discuss the relevance of TEEBAgriFood to the 2030 Agenda and how it can contribute to the SDGs. Panelists will explore economic and policy drivers and incentives that influence land-use decisions and management approaches within different production systems, and their consequences for ecological and human wellbeing.

The IUCN World Congress presents a unique opportunity to use the TEEB approach to frame the eco-agri-food systems nexus as both a development challenge and an opportunity. This workshop will seek to ensure buy-in and strengthen engagement with key stakeholders across the development landscape, from policymakers to farmer’s networks, all of which will ultimately feed into the study narrative and policy recommendations.


  • Alexander Müller, TEEBAgriFood Study Leader
  • Pavan Sukhdev, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador
  • Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director of Directorate D – Natural Capital in DG Environment, European Commission
  • Keith Tuffley, Managing Partner & CEO of The B Team, Founder and Chairman of NEUW Ventures SA
  • Prof. Judi W. Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources & Regional Development Authorities, Government of Kenya.
  • Guillermo Castilleja, Senior Fellow, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Alice Ruhweza, Executive Director, Vital Signs at Conservation International

More information on TEEBAgriFood’s workshop: https://portals.iucn.org/congress/session/10573  



2nd Sitting of the Members’ Assembly

Feed the planet and conserve biodiversity: yes we can!
(The challenge of conserving nature in the face of industrial agriculture)

6 September / 14:30 – 18:00 (HAST)

Within food production, terrestrial agriculture is the single most important driver of biodiversity loss. At the same time, food production, whether on land or in water, is heavily dependent on healthy ecosystems. Radical changes in food production will be required to support the population of the Earth in 2050, both in quality and quantity, but these changes will come to nothing if we are not able to sustain nature’s contributions to food production- be it by direct provision or by ecosystem services such as water filtration, pollination, nutrient cycling, erosion protection, to name a few.

The aim of this session is to enable a broader strategic discussion and horizon scanning on priority topics and to engage Members on a series of options proposed by the moderator, panelists or presenters. The Members will get a chance to comment and eventually express their preference on these options through informal polls which will provide IUCN with indications for the directional developments of the IUCN Programme and IUCN policy. The outcome of the sessions will also be considered regarding emphasis and directions for the IUCN Programme 2017-2020 and the Hawaii Commitments.


More Information: https://portals.iucn.org/congress/session/12711 

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