European activities

This page features workshops and other activities organized by IUCN European Members, Committees, Commissions and Secretariat during the Congress and will be updated every week with new information between now and the IUCN Congress.

What's new on the European agenda?
The Meeting for West Europe and East Europe, North and Central Asia will be held on 8 September in the Tamna, the main hall of the Jeju International Convention Centre from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm. Click here to download the draft agenda.

Here are a few ways Members, Committees, Commissions and Secretariat will be involved:

  • Knowledge Cafés: These small group sessions are designed to give participants the opportunity to share observations and experiences on the most challenging conservation issues.
  • Workshops: Two hour practical sessions utilizing solution-based approaches to conservation work will incorporate interactive techniques such as simulations of real situations to enable participants to learn from each other and openly share knowledge.
  • Conservation Campus: These extended and intensive training-based learning modules cover a variety of topics in IUCN's vast knowledge base.
  • Posters: Stroll around the posters on display for visual, concise renderings on conservation.

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Fish and seagrass, Menorca, Spain

PAVILION EVENT: Presentation of the Synopsis of the book “Governance for Fisheries and Marine Conservation”

The book entitled “Governance for Fisheries and Marine Conservation”, expected to be published by beginning of 2013, examines the interface between marine fisheries governance on the one hand, and that of marine biodiversity and ecosystem conservation on the other. It identifies their interactions at different scales and in various institutions, as well as their respective principles, conceptual objectives, policies, plans, processes and operational instruments.  …  

29 Aug 2012 | Event
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Trans-boundary Policy Dialogue on Hilsa Fisheries Management

WORKSHOP: Fisheries, biodiversity conservation and food security

In the future, food from the sea is going to be of increasing importance to global food security. At present, decisions regarding food and biodiversity conservation are made separately. This does not facilitate integration, coordination nor common understanding. The risk is that both fields of governance miss their targets. Ways to meet food needs which are also compatible with biodiversity conservation have to be found.  …  

28 Aug 2012 | Event
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WORKSHOP: Limiting biodiversity impacts from biofuels through land use mapping and certification schemes

Biofuel production is a major and increasing threat to many ecosystems of high conservation importance. To reduce such impacts, sustainability accreditation schemes have been developed, which can be used to show compliance with mandatory sustainability criteria, such as those included in the EU´s Renewable Energy Directive. The event is intended for those actively involved in developing and testing sustainability scheme mapping approaches such as the WWF Sustainable Land Use project and others involved in bioenergy policy issues.  …  

27 Aug 2012 | Event
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WORKSHOP: Developing a regional monitoring system to influence conservation and development decision making

The aim of this event is to share experiences on the relevance and efficiency of the regional monitoring systems supporting the implementation of policies. This session will explore opportunities to develop policy-oriented monitoring systems in other regions of the world based on the experience of the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO). Participants will investigate ways to improve the MWO tool and how to develop new partnerships in the Mediterranean context. …  

23 Aug 2012 | Event
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Little family-run farms in The Li River valley of Southern China

KNOWLEDGE CAFÉ: Promoting incentives based biodiversity conservation in the agricultural matrix

Biodiversity provides key ecosystem services for farmers around the world, including pest control, pollination, and soil improvement. Biodiversity can occur at surprisingly high levels in traditional farming systems. While agroecology is helping explain ecological processes and how they work, there are still significant gaps in our understanding of biodiversity. This Knowledge Cafe will provide an opportunity for dialogue on different approaches being taken to provide incentives for farmers and agricultural communities to enhance ecosystem services and promote conservation within the agricultural matrix.  …  

22 Aug 2012 | Event
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KNOWLEDGE CAFÉ: Intensification of land use through locally controlled forest and agriculture enterprises

Meeting future food, fuel and fiber needs for the growing global population requires land use intensification. Achieving intensification while considering the needs of the poor, conserving biodiversity, and adapting to climate change is a goal requiring urgent attention. This workshop will critically examine evidence suggesting locally controlled forestry and agriculture could lead the way to intensifications that are both just and robust opposed to intensification that relies on large-scale monocultures of power and natural resources.  …  

20 Aug 2012 | Event
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TEEB for Business: Call for Contributions

WORKSHOP: Examining policy tools and instruments emerging from TEEB

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study has raised global awareness of the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services for human well being. Following TEEB, numerous countries are now engaged in processes to assess ecosystems and their services at national and local levels, encompassing both ecological assessments and economic valuations. This workshop will explore what policy tools and instruments are available or need to be developed to tangibly make a difference and enhance conservation in all TEEB-like processes.  …  

16 Aug 2012 | Event
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Female saiga antelope

KNOWLEDGE CAFÉ: Enhancing the resilience of antelopes to human threats: from plan to action

The Antelope Specialist Group (ASG) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is very concerned about the pressing need for action to preserve antelopes. Antelopes are subject to a number of surveys for assessing their conservation status however, counting antelopes does not save them. This knowledge cafe will address the issue of transforming recommendations into actions. …  

16 Aug 2012 | Event
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Business engagement for biodiversity in Japan

WORKSHOP: How can companies use biodiversity to improve their performance?

Businesses are becoming increasingly aware of their impacts on the natural environment and mindful of the need to effectively manage such impacts. Many businesses are also helping to deliver improved conservation outcomes through the integration of biodiversity considerations in their decision-making and operational processes. This workshop will bring together businesses and the conservation community to discuss the proposed IUCN-Holcim system and debate its applicability to other companies and sectors.  …  

08 Aug 2012 | Event
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GIS training for Assistant Land Use Planners, Puttalam, BMZ project

CONSERVATION CAMPUS: Learn how to train businesses on ecosystems

Need to raise awareness about biodiversity in your business? This Conservation Campus introduces the Business Ecosystems Training (BET) model, a biodiversity and ecosystem services capacity building programme designed to improve the understanding of managers and employees about their company’s direct and indirect impacts and dependence on ecosystems.  …  

08 Aug 2012 | Event
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