IUCN UK April Conference “Nature – What’s in it for me?”

11 March 2010 | News story

Ecosystems that support the lives, livelihoods and well-being of people around the world are under threat from a range of issues. To secure a sustainable future, new forms of ecosystem management will be required, but how can these be achieved? Answering this question will be the subject of the IUCN 2010 UK conference which will be hosted by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland on 18–20 April at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

Taking place during the UN International Year of Biodiversity, the event will explore how sustainable ecosystem management can be improved for the benefit of human health and economic prosperity. Input will be needed from all sectors of society, so delegates with social, economic and environmental interests from business and the public sector are invited to attend.

More than 20 presenters will pass on their expert knowledge during this two-day event. The guest speakers include Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN; Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for Environment, Scottish Government; and three chief executives from the UK’s statutory conservation agencies. Members of the six IUCN commissions will provide workshops.

The event’s theme, ecosystem management for human well-being, is one of the five themes in the IUCN “Global Programme Shaping a Sustainable Future”. The conference will provide a platform to showcase and share the latest information from the UK, Europe and elsewhere in the world, and will offer excellent networking opportunities for sectors not usually connected.

Thanks to support from key sponsors - The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, WWF, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Countryside Council for Wales and Natural England - the cost of the two-day conference is £135; there is an early-bird rate of £95 for bookings made before 14 March. This includes all conference materials, two lunches, a conference dinner and an evening reception.

For more information about the event please download the invitation PDF
To book, visit, www.iucn-uk.org.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland acts as the Secretariat for the IUCN UK National Committee which comprises over 30 organisations concerned with nature conservation and a sustainable future for people in the UK and its Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

For more information, please contact
Chris Mahon
Chair, IUCN UK National Committee
mahon276@btinternet.com
IUCN UK National Committee,
c/o RZSS, Edinburgh EH12 6TS, UK
Tel: +44 1270 569562