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    Aug 2021
    Written by Kelsey Monteith

    Nature Positive at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

    In under a month’s time, thousands ofย leaders and decision makersย from governments, civil society, indigenous peoples,ย businesses, and academiaย willย comeย together for theย IUCN World Conservation Congress.ย ย Thisย global conservation event isย whereย priorities for conservation and sustainable development actions will be identified.

    Like so many other events, the Covid-19 pandemic led to the postponement of the Congress. Now taking place in early September in Marseille, France, it will be the first large-scale hybrid conservation event.ย  The Congressย will fuse in-person and virtual events to ensure that fruitful discussions and concrete actions are made, regardless ofย any travel restrictions.ย 

    IUCN World Conservation Congress

    The upcoming Congress is of particular importance, as it will inform the upcoming Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) and the expected release of the post-2020 biodiversity strategy. It will shape this framework to ensure that tangible changes will be achieved in halting biodiversity loss and preserving the future of our world. Ensuring strong protection of our biosphere also paves the way for accelerated progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, which will secure a thriving and equitable future for all and leave a positive environmental legacy.ย 

    Dr Ros Kennerley, who is a Principal Environmental Consultant at Nature Positive,ย willย beย attending the congress. Rosย hasย been a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC)ย for many years inย herย role as a Specialist Group Co-Chair.ย ย She isย looking forward to taking part in many of the sessions, including those within the theme of โ€˜Leveraging economic and financial systems for sustainabilityโ€™.

     

    UN sustainable development meeting

    The IUCN World Conservation Congress will bring together a diverse group of voices with the potential to drive critical action on halting biodiversity loss.

    How areย businesses involved?

    The biodiversity crisis affects everybody. The IUCN World Conservation Congress recognises that it cannot be addressed by any one country, or group of people. Everyone must be part of the solution, and businesses have a pivotal role to play. ย 

    The Congressย aims to create a fusion of stakeholders, perspectives,ย and voicesย where differences and disputes are put aside so that international, multistakeholder collaboration can beย streamlinedย toย address the ecological crises our planet is facing. This will requireย engagingย everyย part of societyย whenย acknowledging and fairly distributingย both the responsibilities and the benefits ofย biodiversityย conservation.ย 

    Thisย blendingย ofย scientific and technical experts with political andย businessย leadersย willย spark debates and innovation surrounding the need and opportunities that arise from protecting and restoring the natural world, such as embracing Nature-based Solutions (NbS).ย ย 

    The IUCN World Conservation Congress is a landmark event in determining the global response to the biodiversity crisis.ย Nature Positive is proud toย be taking part.ย If you are a business and want to find out more about how you can help biodiversity and leave a positive environmental legacy, please get in touch with Nature Positive.