Marine Conservation in Asia and the Pacific: Scoping Pathways for International Dialogue

Over the next decades, climate change and other factors will cause greater stress on the environment and will increase conflicts among states and groups within these states regarding access to and use of natural resources. Trade interests, control over resources and pollution are issues to be solved in dialogue to prevent conflicts, loss of biodiversity and environmental degradation. Security is closely linked to the IUCN core program area of ‘sharing nature’s benefits equitably’. It is also one of the preconditions for the success of the CBD strategic plan and one of the focus areas of UNEP and UNFCCC. During the Barcelona WCC, the Commission on Education and Communication organized the first meeting between the world of biodiversity and the world of national security.

This workshop will build upon that success as it considers marine conservation and many challenges facing Asia and the Pacific. Environment and biodiversity conservation are many times the last considerations when addressing international and national conflicts. The high seas provide a sensitive area where tensions between environment and security are increasingly becoming more manifest and where enhanced advocacy for the environment is most needed. With many competing interests, the question remains, Who will be nature’s advocate? Therefore, this workshop will address how organizations such as the IUCN and others serve as neutral conveners and facilitators for co-creating solutions and scoping pathways for international dialogue on environmental security, thus co-creating solutions

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