Policy

The world’s 100 most threatened species: right to existence?

The future existence of the world's 100 most critically endangered species lies squarely in our hands. Do these species have a right to exist, or do we have the right to drive them to extinction?

1. Compiling an IUCN Red List for Latin America. 2. Advancing Species progress in West Asia.

11:00-12:00 Compiling an IUCN Red List for Latin America

The purpose of this session will be to discuss and present ideas for the promotion of a Red List of threatened species initiative in Latin America, focused on the exchange and systematization of national experiences in the region. The objectives would include: paving the way for building a Red List network in Latin America, bringing in current expertise and engaging other countries wanting to produce a national Red List but needing guidance and creating better linkages between national and global Red List efforts.

Securing a future for sawfishes: SSC Shark Specialist Group

This session will 1) Highlight the dire situation for sawfishes, 2) Briefly present the findings of the Global Sawfish Conservation Strategy, including conservation activities that have been recommended, 3) Network with people ‘on the ground’ who will be able to implement the recommendations of the Strategy in collaboration with other Sawfish Network members.

1. Elephant poaching in Central Africa. 2. The elephant and rhino poaching crisis in Africa

11:00-12:00 Le braconnage d’éléphants en Afrique Centrale

This session will be held in French and English.

Les objectifs de la session sont:
- Attirer l’attention des acteurs de la conservation sur le potentiel en espèces d’éléphants et les menaces qui pèsent sur cette espèce, notamment au travers du braconnage transfrontalier au niveau de l’espace entre le Sud du Soudan et le Nord du Nigéria
- Mobiliser les efforts de la communauté internationale et des pays concernés pour des initiatives régionales en faveur de la conservation de cette espèce

What the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) could do for building capacities?

Since 2008 there have been repeated calls from developing countries for a commitment of resources to ensure that the emerging Intergovernmental Science‐Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has a strong focus on capacity building.
Now established, IPBES resolves to prioritize key capacity‐building needs, provide and call for financial and other support for the highest‐priority needs related directly to the Platform’s activities and establish a forum to catalyse financing for such capacity building activities.

IUCN Red List of Ecosystems as an input for action priority setting

Summary of case studies illustrating the distinction between risk assessment (provided by the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems) and priority setting. In this session, we highlight how provision of ecosystem services can help guide the identification of priority actions for threatened ecosystem. These priority actions range between conservation to various land-use alternatives, including a focus on economics.

Internet Portals on Conservation, Rights and Governance

The growing use of computer technology is allowing a wide range of stakeholders to easily obtain and share information and to actively engage in conceptual development and project formulation. Web-users can now seamlessly share information and insights in a collaborative space, thus helping to build capacity and promote understanding on complex topics, such as conservation, rights and governance.

Youth at Congress: Strengthening community voices towards a ‘Just World’

This event highlights the role of empowering community voice in conservation policy development at the IUCN through examples and activities led by youth. It provides an informal space for young professionals and community leaders to engage the diversity of participants at the IUCN Congress (i.e. government officials, academics, NGOs, community representatives, and students) as an intergenerational community to discuss ways for youth to access decision-making processes at Congress and other IUCN forums.

Policy Matters 18: Macroeconomic Policies, Livelihoods and Sustainability

Dr. Alejandro Nadal, editor of this recent CEESP publication will review the objectives and major conclusions from the seven peer reviewed papers in this important contribution on the impact of macroeconomic polices on sustainability and on needed changes to the macroeconomic policy framework. There will be opportunity for participants to discuss these ideas and the implications for IUCN's work in economics.

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