Sustainability

Building a Global Coalition for Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature

The ecosystem approach is now well-established as a strategy for managing the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in diverse contexts. But until recently, this approach was rarely applied to agricultural landscapes where food production is a principal objective and dominant land use.

Managing Wild Species and Systems for Food Security

One of the greatest challenges facing humanity is ensuring food security for the 9 billion people expected by the year 2050 while conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services furnished by natural systems. Two linked pathways toward a solution will be explored by this workshop: the use of more diversity in agricultural systems, including tapping the variation within wild plant species related to food crops, and managing forest systems more effectively for food. Many wild relatives of important food crops are at risk as their habitats are threatened by poor management and encroachment.

Conservation and Poverty, Landscapes and Livelihoods - What have we learnt about the links?

In the last decade many initiatives have been developed to improve our understanding of the linkages between biodiversity conservation, livelihoods and poverty alleviation, and the various factors (markets, governance, rights and tenure, national and global policies, etc) that impact those linkages. These include IUCN’s Landscapes and Livelihoods Strategy (LLS); CIFOR's Poverty Environment Network, the MacArthur-funded Advancing Conservation in a Social Context initiative and the DFID-funded Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation initiative.

Conserving and Restoring Coastal Wetlands Globally: Identifying Opportunities and Constraints

Coastal habitats such as shellfish reefs, mangroves, tidal flats and salt marshes are the engines of prosperity for coastal communities and some of the most degraded ecosystems on earth. People depend on these habitats for food and, in some instances even protection from storms, but coastal habitats continue to be damaged by an array of acute and chronic stressors. As more people live in coastal areas, the loss of these habitats has local, regional and even global consequences, and restoration of these habitats is an element of marine conservation that will demand more attention.

Putting Natural Solutions to Work: Mainstreaming protected areas into climate change responses

This workshop will focus on mainstreaming the role of protected areas as an essential part of the global response to climate change. It will demonstrate how protected areas enhance ecological, social, and economic resilience to climate change, protect natural carbon reservoirs, and respond to national and local development needs such as water resources, disaster risk reduction, and coastal zone management.

Empowering rural stewardship to conserve biodiversity and enhance ecosystem services

Agricultural communities, the world over, are coping with change - in climate, governance, markets and costs. To adapt, many farmers (particularly smallholders) rely on natural resources and ecosystem services to help maintain their food production systems and livelihoods. Deriving key ecosystem services from native biodiversity, such as pest control, pollination, water retention, and soil improvement, farmers are better prepared to adapt to the changes they face while promoting biodiversity conservation.

Engaging the worldwide Red List community: Building capacity for assessing species´ extinction risk

The IUCN Red List is recognized as the most comprehensive source of information on species´ conservation status, based on the best available knowledge from the world´s leading experts. It is widely influential in informing conservation planning, resource allocation, national and international conservation policies and priority-setting strategies (including intergovernmental agreements such as CBD/CMS/CITES and other Conventions), directing scientific research, and generating public awareness of the mounting biodiversity crisis and its impact on human well-being.

Identification of Sites of Global Biodiversity Conservation Significance: defining global standards and mobilizing standardized biodiversity data - Real-World Applications

The CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity through Aichi Target number 11 sets specific targets for countries to increase protected areas coverage and conserve areas of particular importance for biodiversity. It is therefore essential to inform decision-makers, both within and beyond the conservation community, where the most important areas for biodiversity are and hence where safeguard is necessary.

Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability: Toward an IUCN-wide Action Plan

Workshop Description

We strongly feel that youth engagement and intergenerational partnership are essential for achieving biodiversity outcomes, including more effective and equitable governance of nature’s use. In Barcelona, the Members’ Assembly adopted Resolution 4.098 on Intergenerational Partnership and, emerging from Commission Young Professionals Networks, the Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability has been established to support IUCN's vision of “a just world that values and conserves nature.”

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