Sustainability

The Korean Initiative for Sustainable Development- “Water and Green Growth” (KOC official session)

OBJECTIVES
- To encourage sharing ideas for sustainable development embracing ‘Green Growth’
- To introduce “Water and Green Growth” activities and devise its long-term prospect
- To discuss the significance of International cooperation in the path to success of “Water and Green Growth” movement
- To understand “Water and Green Growth” activities in the World Water Forum

"Funding species conservation" (SSC official session)

The conservation community keeps demonstrating that conservation does work when (i) actions are carefully planned and designed, (ii) the right players are involved, (iii) there is political support and (iv) sufficient funding is available. However if we collectively want to stop the species extinction crisis, much more needs to be done; in particular additional resources need to be found and existing ones need to be well spent: balancing between emergency responses and strategic approaches, maximizing the efficient use of a grant ….

Low Carbon Green Growth Paradigm and Urban Environmental Policy (KOC official session)

Urban greenhouse gas emissions make up 43% of Korea´s total emissions, but the costs of reducing urban emissions are low, which could lead to an immediate reduction effect. Climate change responses through urban policies are extremely important
- City formation could reduce both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by placing wind paths, water paths, forest trails, and other natural objects during urban planning stages and constructing low carbon urban infrastructures

Agriculture/Food Security and Biodiversity (CEC official event)

Recently, more than 70 global agri-food leaders in the business, policy, green, and social arenas, were consulted for a report for UNEP that exposes unforeseen areas of consensus about the challenge and possible solutions. It also exposes areas of disagreement and lays out a key set of specific "high impact" areas where smart decisions will make the most difference for sustainable and resilient food and agriculture systems.

Progress towards establishment of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems (CEM official event)

Everyone knows that coral reefs are in danger, and that rainforests are disappearing – or do we? How much of these ecosystems are left, and what is their risk of being lost? As basic and important as these questions are to the conservation of the worlds’ biodiversity, the global community does not yet have a standard way of answering them. This also
means that we lack a reference system for promoting good ecosystem management and ensuring ecosystem health, which is increasingly seen as a critical aspect of human well being, including for disaster risk reduction, and for climate change adaptation, as highlighted by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. To address this major gap, in 2008, the IV World Conservation Congress approved Resolution 4.020 (Quantitative thresholds for categories and criteria of threatened ecosystems) launching a process leading to the creation of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. In turn, the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) established the Ecosystem Red List Thematic Group to see this process through. During 2009-2011, quantitative thresholds were developed for designation of threatened ecosystems and have undergone wide testing in several countries around the world. The workshop will allow the CEM Ecosystem Red List Thematic Group to share the results to date with participants in the Forum, present a portfolio of case studies of the application of the proposed ecosystem red list categories and criteria, and seek feedback from the IUCN membership. This would be the final step in the consultation and testing process initiated in 2008. After considering all the feedback, we plan to request Council to formally adopt of the categories and criteria for the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems by early 2013.

Re-developing IUCN´s work on Sustainable Use (SSC official session)

This first major event for SULi sets out to ask big questions about the future of sustainable use of wild living resources: what are the major drivers of unsustainability? What is the relevance of sustainable use for major global challenges such as food security and climate change adaptation? What is the potential of approaches such as standards and certification? You are invited to come to share your thoughts and ideas on priorities for action and your energy in becoming involved.

Communicating Change: How to use the power of communication to drive conservation action

Talk is cheap. Or is it?

Communication is the channel for eduction, inspiration and engagement on conservation. The right messages, communicated in the right way have the power to drive global awareness and mass action for biodiversity.

Discover how to create that message, and learn how to use old and new media to grab your audience's head, heart and hands.

This workshop brings you together with communications specialists and the people who are already successfully using communication to mobilise publics and policymakers around the world into action.

Urban Dimensions of Nature Conservation: Roles for IUCN

Half the world´s population lives in cities; this is projected to grow to 60% by 2030 and 70% by 2050. The implications of this for nature conservation are many and complex. A few among many examples: (1) Conservation organizations depend on urban people for political and financial support, but city dwellers have less and less contact with nature; people can appreciate nature only if they know it. (2) There are often natural solutions to the challenges posed by climate change in urban areas.

Approaches to enhance social and gender equity and value indigenous knowledge through integrated ecosystem-based planning

Many studies have indicated that an ecosystem services concept is key to link the environment-development nexus and in particular that of biodiversity conservation with poverty alleviation. While remarkable research has been conducted on biodiversity protection, relevant findings and policy outcomes have not created significant impact on policy formulation and decision-making processes of development planning, mainly due to a lack of tools, models and methods for both decision-making and implementation.

Young Leaders for Green Action

Now is a critical time to inspire, engage, and train young people to meet the challenges facing the world. There are more young people on the planet today than there have ever been, and in many countries youth under the age of 30 make up the largest portion of the population. Despite their numbers, youth engagement in governance, policy and technological change is incomplete, and needs to be encouraged to move towards action. Young people see firsthand the impacts of global change on their environments and communities.

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