It is estimated that the world´s population will reach 9 billion by 2050. As a result countries are looking for innovative methods to develop the future in a green sustainable way, and address growing challenges related to safe drinking water, food security, and economic prosperity and solidarity. As island nations become more involved in the world economy and open their boarders for trade, fragile island ecosystems are being inundated by invasive alien species. The challenge for most island nations: How do we maintain equilibrium between economic needs of our nations with the imperative need to protect and conserve indispensable natural resources that island people depend on for survival?
The World Conservation Congress will follow on the heels of the Rio+20 Convention, focused on sustainable development and poverty eradication. As the world gears up for Rio+20 many within governments and private sectors want to consider archetypes of sustainable green economic growth. Many island nations have been forward thinking and have banded together to form multi-lateral conservation alliances to meet political objectives regarding nature and its importance to human well-being.
As such Island Leadership on Global Challenges workshop will share the experience of successful regional and global initiatives that are working with high-level political leadership to advance large-scale commitments to conservation and sustainable livelihoods. Facilitated by the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), these include the Micronesia Challenge, Caribbean Challenge, Western Indian Ocean and others. Presenters will describe how strategic engagement with Heads of State led to significant increases in international and national resources for conservation and a strong public-private partnership committed to
implementation and accountability. Lessons learned about key factors for success and potential pitfalls will be discussed.