Mainstreaming biodiversity into development cooperation

28 September 2011 | News story

Next week, from 4 to 6 October, IUCN Regional Directors and representatives from countries in the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) region will visit Brussels to strengthen cooperation between IUCN and the European Union.

On 4 October, the IUCN EU Representative Office will organize an evening dialogue followed by a reception under the theme “Mainstreaming biodiversity into development cooperation”. The event will be opened by Monica Jacobs, Head of the EU Representative Office and followed by keynote speeches from:

  • Louis Du Breil De Pontbriand, Head of Sector Biodiversity and Horizontal Matters, DG DEVCO
  • Tony Long, Director, European Policy Office, WWF
  • Ali Kaka, Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa, IUCN

Confirmed guests include embassies of ACP States, European Institutions, IUCN Members and other organizations. If you are interested to participate, please send an e-mail to eu.liaison@iucn.org.

The three-day visit foresees meetings with key representatives of the European Commission (DG DEVCO), the EU-ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly and the ACP secretariat.

The purpose of the visit is to improve collaboration between the EU institutions and IUCN in particular on integrating biodiversity conservation into EU development cooperation, with a clear focus on ACP states. IUCN also intends to open a dialogue between the EU and IUCN regarding the priorities in the regions, such as poverty reduction, disaster risk reduction, food security and IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing.