Mediterranean events at the World Conservation Congress 2012

04 September 2012 | News story

The world's conservation community is coming together in Jeju (Republic of Korea), to participate at the IUCN World Conservation Congress from 6 to 15 September 2012. This Congress, held every four years, provides a platform to discuss some of the biggest challenges currently facing people and the environment. Leaders from governments, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and social organizations will debate and decide solutions for the world’s most pressing environment and development issues.

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) will be in attendance with different events for Members, institutions and individuals interested in Mediterranean conservation issues. Amongst the main events planned, below you can find details on times, venues and contents:

On Friday, September 7th, marine and coastal protected areas and climate change in the Mediterranean will be featured at the Blue Pavilion at 11 hrs . During this session the latest initiatives and publications by IUCN-Med will be presented:

The new Atlas of Al Hoceima National Park (Morocco)
Towards a representative network of Marine protected areas in Libya
Mediterranean Seagrass Meadows: Resilience and contribution to climate change mitigation
• Towards a representative network of marine protected areas in the Alboran Sea
• Mediterranean submarine canyons: ecology and governance

On Sunday, 9 September, the management of protected areas and a regional network of Biosphere reserves in the Mediterranean will be discussed at the Protected Planet Pavilion at 14.30 hrs, followed by the public launch of the new publication addressing The Red List and socioeconomic values for freshwater species for the northern Africa region on Monday 10 September at 14:30 hrs at the Main press conference room.

On Tuesday, 11 September (Room 202 at 14:30 hrs), IUCN Mediterranean Members are also invited to participate in a workshop organised by IUCN-Med with decision makers from northern and southern Mediterranean countries to discuss the main challenges and opportunities for biodiversity and natural resources, current governance patterns and how to improve long term partnerships between governments, NGOs, the academic sector and international and regional organizations.

The North Africa IUCN Members will have their own space to discuss the new programme of work on Sunday, 9 September at 19 hrs in room 203.

If you want to track the Mediterranean events at the congress, please check here (link to pdf file – o visit the WCC website

For further info, please contact Maher Mahjoub, who will be attending the Congress on site 


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