Welcome to the bi-weekly digest for IUCN Members and IUCN Commission members.
Message from the Director General
The time has come! Just one more day before we launch the inaugural IUCN Leaders Forum:Building nature-positive economies and societies in Jeju, Republic of Korea. There, leaders and changemakers will gather to build a common understanding of nature-positive, which will then allow the measurement of progress towards global conservation goals. This is generating much interest, which was evident when I visited Frankfurt last week to participate in the KfW Development Finance Forum 2022. The summary of the IUCN nature-positive approach was just released, and I encourage you to read it and share your thoughts – an extensive Union-wide consultation process is about to commence at Jeju.
This is one of the many IUCN events that show our global impact and convening strengthen. We just ended the 2022 IUCN WCEL Oslo International Environmental Law Conference, which generated deep reflection on the role of law in enabling the change needed to tackle environmental crises. Many congratulations to the Chair of WCEL for a successful event and to all colleagues who supported the preparations. We also just celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the Mediterranean Centre, which saw the first-ever in person meeting of IUCN national committees from the Mediterranean countries (pictured).
IUCN Leaders Forum: See full programme, Jeju Province, South Korea, 13-15 October 2022
5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) 3-9 February 2023
UNESCO 45th session of the World Heritage Committee, postponed until further notice. The publication of official documents, including IUCN recommendations, will be established by UNESCO in accordance with the Rules of Procedure at the appropriate time.
Resolutions and Recommendations
From 13 to 15 October, IUCN will hold its first Leaders Forum in Jeju. This event will provide a platform for advancing nature-positive solutions (i.e. solutions to halt and reverse the loss of nature) by bringing together leaders and changemakers from across sectors around the world. On this occasion, we recall some of the main Resolutions that relate to the discussions that will take place in the forum.
Resolution 7.033 – Promoting biodiversity preservation through environmentally friendly energy transformation measures asks IUCN’s Secretariat, Commissions, and Members to assist governments to design and implement plans to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050 and to repeal policies that obstruct energy efficiency and renewable energy use.
Resolution 7.056 – Biodiversity financing calls on Members to assess and showcase the co-benefits of investments in nature conservation and its sustainable use and the costs of inaction. It also calls on States to integrate biodiversity goals and considerations into policies and key economic sectors, including by reforming harmful subsidies and linking international trade deals and development funding to biodiversity protection and restoration. Finally, it also calls on the financial sector to work on assessing the impacts that its investments have on biodiversity and the risks associated with nature degradation.
Resolution 7.114 Integrated solutions to the climate change and biodiversity crises requests that in line with the 2021-2024 Programme, climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives promote biodiversity conservation, and that synergies between climate and biodiversity are improved. It also encourages all relevant components of IUCN to contribute to learning platforms to share knowledge on these topics, and encourages governments to support the deployment of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and to raise the ambition of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Resolution 7.116 Develop and implement a transformational and effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework provides detailed information on what the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework should include, and makes a specific call for an equitable, nature-positive and net-zero world to ensure there is more nature globally in 2030 than there was in 2020. It therefore calls on Members to support a post-2020 GBF that clearly addresses both direct and indirect drivers of the loss of biodiversity, aims to half the footprint of production and consumption, and mainstreams biodiversity across all sectors, among other things.
Resolutions and Recommendations constitute a means through which IUCN Members set the organization’s general policy, influence conservation priorities and find support for moving commitments into action. The whole Union is responsible for their implementation, and we invite you to submit your activity reports on theResolutions and Recommendations Platform to help us monitor their implementation. Everything you need to know to submit an activity report is in thisUser Guide. Many thanks for your contributions!
Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
BIODEV2030 – Inspiring national action
This update highlights the added-value of the BIODEV2030 initiative in the 16 pilot countries, where it mobilised 39 key sub-sectors and engaged more than 1,300 stakeholders on biodiversity issues. Read more…
UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
The IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Specialist Group is recruiting a Policy Officer to support its ongoing engagement with the major biodiversity conventions, governments and science-policy links for human-wildlife conflict and coexistence. The deadline for applications is 24 October 2022. Further information can be found here.
Online Learning and Webinars
Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility (BNCFF) – Investing for Ocean Impact, Podcast
IUCN Webinar Series – The last sprint to COP 15
GBV-ENV Center webinar: Engaging men and boys to address GBV in coastal biodiversity management
2022 RedList trainer course – Become a certified RedList trainer
IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force Briefing Paper – Perspectives on Human-Wildlife Coexistence
IUCN – Papaco (IUCN Programme on African Protected Areas & Conservation) – Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
Future Learn – IUCN Red List of Ecosystems
SSC – ReversetheRed
The Smithsonian Science Education Center – Distance Learning.
IUCN SSC CPSG training opportunities (Conservation Planning Specialist Group – Species Survival Commission)
Register for forthcoming Species Conservation Planning training from CPSG:
Facilitating Species Conservation Planning Workshops in-person training (SECAM, Seville, Spain, 7-11 November 2022)
Wildlife Disease Risk Analysis online course (24 October-16 December 2022)
Ex situ Conservation Assessment online course (Self-paced, start date 10th October 2022)
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