Amman, Jordan – 6 March 2011 – Members of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature will gather in Kuwait for the IUCN West Asia 7th Regional Conservation Forum (RCF), which will be held from 2-5 May 2011. The RCF is organized by IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) and co-hosted by the State of Kuwait through the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). The forum will discuss issues related to the RCF theme “Climate Change and Biodiversity: Climate Change; Threats and Opportunities for Biodiversity and Ecosystems”.
The forum will give an opportunity for IUCN members and partners, as well as the wider conservation community to prepare for an effective regional participation in the 2012 World Conservation Congress (WCC) that will take place in South Korya from 6 to 15 September 2012.
The RCF aims at providing a platform for governments, NGOs, partners and private sector to network, share best practice and discuss key conservation challenges and opportunities to prepare for an effective programme planning and discuss membership business. The RCF is also a platform for capacity building and addressing governance issues among IUCN members.
IUCN will present its draft 2013-2016 global and regional programmes to the members who are expected to provide their input into the draft IUCN Intercessional Programme that will be submitted for approval to the next World Conservation Congress. IUCN will ensure promoting the involvement of members and IUCN Commission members in the implementation of the IUCN Programme at the global, regional, national and sub-national levels.
IUCN West Asia Members are expected to participate in the RCF from Kuwait, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Iraq and Iran.