IUCN India Office organises its first India Conservation Rendezvous to promote and create spaces for discussions and debates on conservation.
The need for science based policy, efforts to transform the global economy to save nature and the necessity to disseminate knowledge on the environment were the three clear messages that emerged from the India Conservation Rendezvous 2011 held at Delhi on 2nd February. It was an effort of IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in promoting and creating spaces for discussions and debates on conservation. Organised by the IUCN India Office, this was a first attempt at bringing together India National Committee (INC) members, well-wishers and experts to come together to deliberate on pressing environmental issues.
Welcoming the gathering, Aban Marker Kabraji, IUCN Asia Regional Director, explained that this was an attempt at bringing together all the INC members who otherwise had limited opportunities to meet. IUCN, as a facilitator of debates on the environment, would like to make this an annual event where the environmental community could interact with each other.
The Chief Guest at the occasion was Ashok Khosla, IUCN President, outlining the conservation agenda towards the 2012 CBD in India. Stressing on the need for an economic intervention to save nature and promote equity, he said that deliberations in the 2012 event would be crucial to look at economic and technological options for conservation and sustainability of the planet.
The guest speaker for the event was Susan A Mainka, Head of Science and Learning at the IUCN Headquarters in Gland. Speaking on the importance of linking science to policy, she emphasised adopting innovative tools to communicate with policymakers in order to facilitate informed policymaking on the environment that is based on science and research. The IUCN Red List, she stated, would be a good example in facilitating science based policy.
Kartikeya V Sarabhai, INC member and Director of the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), observed that IUCN had been at the forefront of generating credible scientific knowledge on the environment influencing policy all over the world. He stressed on the need to disseminate this knowledge through IUCN’s constituency.
J S Rawat, IUCN Coordinator and Programmes and Constituency in India informed that that this was only a first step at linking conservation debates from India not only to policy making in the country, but to the larger forums on the environment across the globe. He further informed that IUCN would make this an annual event in a more elaborate form with lectures, exhibitions and discussions on themes linked to the environment.