7 August 2012, Dhaka: With only one month to go before the start of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju Korea, IUCN Bangladesh Country Office yesterday provided an opportunity for local journalists to find out more about the congress and share knowledge on how our natural environment should be managed for the continued well-being of humanity and all life on Earth.
Journalists from ten media agencies including the Daily Star, Banglanews24, The Independent, Daily Sun, Prothom Alo, The New Age, Shamakal, Bdnews24, Bartanews24 and Kaler Kantho attended the briefing which was hosted by Bangladesh’s Country Representative Mr. Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmad and Dr. Zakir Hussain, Special Advisor to Regional Director, IUCN Asia.
The proceedings began with an overview of IUCN globally and IUCN Bangladesh office before Mr Ahmad and Dr. Zakir detailed how the congress is a great platform for discussions and showcases centered on environmental conservation. Following the briefing journalists were invited to a question and answer session.
IUCN Bangladesh will continue to provide media updates in the lead up to the congress and as the events unfold.
Around 8,000 delegates will attend the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, from 6-15 September. Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Held once every four years, it brings together government leaders, NGOs and top professionals from all regions with a variety of on-the-ground expertise.
Together they share knowledge on how our natural environment should be managed for the continued wellbeing of humanity and all life on Earth. The Congress theme is Nature+, which captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of our lives. Congress is the birthplace of ground-breaking environmental conventions, scientific discoveries and global initiatives.
• Nature+ is about boosting natural resilience: “If we can work to strengthen the robustness of nature, we will see that ecosystems are more resilient and people, communities and economies are healthier.”
• Conservation works: “Many local results show that investing in nature and restoring natural areas brings social and economic returns. Even if every success is not replicable across all ecosystems, cultures or political systems, they point the way to making nature more resilient globally.”
• Nature provides solutions to climate change adaptation: “Ecosystem-based adaptation is a cost effective, no-regrets solution that governments ought to incorporate proactively into national policies and take immediate action to implement on the ground,”
• With over 400 journalists expected, at least 500 events and more than 6,000 daily participants—including more than 100 State members and major NGOs such as WWF, Conservation International and National Geographic—Congress is the largest ever event for nature.
• Featured at Congress, the World Leaders Dialogues will be “prime time” high-level sessions—organized by the Korean Government and the President of IUCN, they will feature exceptional, internationally recognized experts, politicians and CEOs in a series of five moderated public debates tackling the most strategic issues related to conservation and sustainable development themes: nature + biodiversity, nature + climate; nature + people; nature + economy; and nature + food. The interactive World Leaders Dialogues will provide enlightening strategic thinking to guide the implementation of pragmatic solutions for a sustainable future for our planet.
• Since 1948, the IUCN World Conservation Congress has been held every 2-4 years in all corners of the world—currently, Congress is currently broken into two parts: the Member’s Assembly of all IUCN member organizations; and the Forum, open to all for debating major sustainable development issues, proposing solutions and facilitating the sharing of information and experiences.
• The 2012 Congress will be a green Congress—in order to minimize and compensate for impacts relating to all aspects of Congress and in order to leave a positive legacy, the government of the Republic of Korea and IUCN are working together to make Congress a sustainable event.
• Jeju is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Mount Hallasan and Seongsan Illchulbong and Ramsar wetland sites, each with their own unique ecosystems. Excellent facilities are available at the Congress venue, and there is strong support from the network of IUCN members and grass-root conservation organizations.