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WCC 2020 Res 124 - Progress Report

General information
IUCN Constituencies implementing this Resolution
IUCN Members: 
Noé / France
Association Les Eco Maires ( EM ) / France
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Commission on Education and Communication 2021-2025 (CEC)
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas 2021-2025 (WCPA)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Indicate which actions have been carried out to implement this Resolution : 
Convene stakeholders/Networking
Education/Communication/Raising awareness
Policy influencing/advocacy
Describe the results/achievements of the actions taken: 
Publication d'un guide à l'attention des collectivités locales française contre la pollution lumineuse et les incidences sur la biodiversité (Les Eco Maire - IUCN member)
CEC East Europe, North and Central Asia member gave a lecture "Lighting protection" to Environmental engineering master students at the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania. Students learned about the effects of light and lighting use on human health and living species in outdoor environments in urban areas. Students grasped relatively new knowledge on the effects of lighting on the environment i.e., on climate that is dioksid carbon emissions due to lighting and on living species in outdoor environments in urban areas.

The Dark Skies Advisory Group (DSAG) of WCPA renewed its members in 2021, therefore strengthening its capacities to provide guidance and advice on reducing night light pollution, particularly in protected and/or natural areas. New members include : Bruno Charlier, Pic du Midi International Dark Sky Reserve Project (France), Ashley Wilson, International Dark Sky Association (USA), Robert Dick, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, David Goldstein, Northeast Regional Office, National Park Service ( USA ), István Gyarmathy, Hortobágy National Park (Hungary), John Hearnshaw, University of Canterbury (New Zealand), Travis Longcore, The Urban Wildlands Group (USA), Antonia Varela Perez, Fundación Starlight (Spain), Juan José Negro, Doñana Biological Station (Spain), Clive Ruggles, International Astronomical Union Working Group on Astronomy and World Heritage (UK), Woody Smeck, Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks (USA), Jurij Stare, Initiative for an International Association for Dark Sky Parks (Slovenia), Karen Trevino, Natural Sounds and Dark Skies Division, National Park Service (USA), Ted Trzyna, Leader, IUCN WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group (USA), John Waugh, Semaphore Inc. (USA), David Welch, Chair, Dark Skies Advisory Group,(Canada),Linda Wong, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation Secretariat.
Noé (french IUCN member) continued to raise awareness on the impact of night light on biodiversity. Namely, in 2022, a new article was launched highlighting the impacts of night light on butterflies in non-technical terms. https://noe.org/pollution-lumineuse-perturbation-papillons-de-nuit
What challenges/obstacles have been encountered in the implementation of this Resolution and how were they overcome : 
At present, IUCN projects portfolio doesn’t directly address the issue of light pollution, therefore, funding agencies should be engaged for IUCN secretariat to effectively support members, commissions and sub-national governments in working together to achieve the resolution goals.
Briefly describe what future actions are needed for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Education/communication/raising awareness activities attends the request on “IUCN Members and agencies … to explain the harmful impacts of light pollution, the benefits of preserving natural darkness, and methods to reduce light pollution, with such programmes being directed at all appropriate stakeholders, including but not limited to, visitors, users, private and corporate residents”. Resources are needed to adapt communication materials to local context, this could be done in alliance with IUCN members and commissions (CEM, SCC).
All other budgets addresses the request to the DG to assist efforts of Members and Commissions to reduce light pollution, including:
• Scientific activities are meant to fill the gap of knowledge on how nature is being affected by light pollution and different mitigation technologies (red, LED lights), this could be undertaken with CEM and SSC.
• Capacity building: to be performed with members (NGOs), and IUCN-CEC and mainly addressed to city planners, people in charge of sustainable sourcing or related corporate guidelines.
• Convening stakeholders/networking would bring resources to allow practitioners, members and commission member to participate in learning events and supporting roundtable dialogue to facilitate national/regional agreement to reduce light pollution.
• Fundraising is needed as at present IUCN has little/no ressources to work on this as part of global portfolio.

Are these actions planned for yet: 
Status of implementation
Status of implementation for this Resolution: 
Initiated: first stages of implementation
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