IUCN: 20 years working for the conservation in South America

27 October 2011 | News story

Challenging, full of learning and commitment to the conservation and the strengthening of our network in the region.

On this occasion I wish to convey everyone my best wishes and my warmest thanks for your hard work and devotion to carrying out IUCN’s mission in South America. Your way of working is challenging, but really a One Programme way of doing business, said Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General.

During these 20 years, the regional office has built a path to the Union’s heart: its members. We know that participation is not always easy; it requires dialogue, patience and perseverance. But both, the Secretariat and the members have been always willing to work as a Union and to meet the network’s demands, said Victor Hugo Inchausty, IUCN-Sur Regional Director (ad interim).

“A conservation organisation that doesn't belong to the Union has no impact: basically, it doesn't exist”, said Patricia Abed, from IDEA, Paraguay.

The IUCN is an established institution- respected, prestigious and above all a network that lets us- those of us in the Southern Cone- connect with our colleagues in the region and the rest of the world”, highlights Alejandra Cornejo, from CeDePesca, Argentina.

For us, as a governmental organisation, through the IUCN National Committee we have the opportunity to discuss and reach agreements about areas of work along with civil society representatives. The challenge is to synchronise the Secretariat's needs and the regional needs and interests with the Union's Programme”, mentioned Nadia Boscarol, from the Secretaría de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable, Argentina.

Today, IUCN-Sur would like to thank everyone and renovate its commitment to work as a One Programme, for A just world that values and conserves nature.