Look ahead to 2010

08 January 2010 | News story
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As the new year dawns, IUCN Pan European staff share their predictions for 2010.
What do Dr Hans Friederich, Regional Director for Pan Europe, Boris Erg, Director for South Eastern Europe, Jean-Claude Jacques, Head of Representation to the EU, Liza Drius, Communications Assistant and Richard Aishton, ENPI-FLEG Coordinator expect to be the big stories of the next 12 months?

Dr Hans Friederich, Regional Director for Pan Europe

What do you think will be the big environmental / conservation story in 2010?
It will be the discussion on how we can make people “understand” what biodiversity is, and how to make the case that nature is important for everyday life.  The mainstream press will start writing about nature, ecosystems, species, and they will have to find a way to make it exciting, interesting and “newsy”.

Give us one name to watch in 2010?
Dr Joe Zammitt Lucia, a UK/US Physician, entrepreneur, author and conceptual artist focused on environmental issues who is becoming a friend of IUCN

Where will be the place to be in 2010?
Brussels!  Belgium will have the Presidency of the EU during the last six months of the year (including the time of the global Biodiversity Convention in Nagoya), and there will be lots of exciting activities.  The climax will be a big party in Brussels at the end of the year to celebrate nature and biodiversity, and to point the way to the future.

What would you most like to achieve in 2010?
Official recognition by the EU that IUCN should be treated as an International Organization.

Boris Erg, Director South Eastern Europe

What do you think will be the big environmental / conservation story in 2010?
A further shift in understanding how biodiversity and ecosystems correlate with human activities and how mankind is strongly dependant and to what extent it benefits from ecosystem services. I hope to see more corresponding policies and actions in place.

Give us one name to watch in 2010?
The G20. The future of this world is very much dependant on the decisions made by the G20 and potential support when it comes to the protection and sustainable use of natural resources. The more the G20 realizes how important and pressing it is to safeguard our natural heritage, the easier and efficient our conservation actions will be.

Where will be the place to be in 2010?
At the heart of concrete conservation actions.

What would you most like to achieve in 2010?
To further in supporting the countries of South-Eastern Europe in their EU accession process and especially with regard to the transposition of EU environmental policies into South-Eastern Europe
 

Jean-Claude Jacques, Head of Representation to the EU

What do you think will be the big environmental / conservation story in 2010?
The publication of a series of fact sheets on the status of biodiversity in the 67 countries of the Francophonie. As a contribution to the International Year of biodiversity and as a follow up to the MoU IUCN has with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (67 State and government members or observers), both organizations decided to jointly produce a series of fact sheets presenting the status of biodiversity in the 67 countries of the Francophonie organization. They will be published as a document in the 3 official languages of IUCN and in 6,000 copies and presented in a side event during the high level segment of COP 10 in Nagoya.

Give us one name to watch in 2010?
Médiaterre. The publication will be made available on Médiaterre, the website of the Francophonie dedicated to the environment, as well as on IUCN website.

Where will be the place to be in 2010?
Eve of the UN General Assembly – 19th September 2010 – New York. The Fact Sheets will be presented in a special event to be held in the evening of the high level meeting dedicated to biodiversity on the eve of the UN General Assembly in New York.

What would you most like to achieve in 2010?
Get a strong commitment of the Heads of State and government of the 67 countries to manage biodiversity in a sustainable way. The aim of the fact sheets is to raise awareness of the Heads of State and government on their responsibility regarding the sustainable management of biodiversity in their country. To this end, some recommendations will be addressed to heads of State and government for a possible endorsement at the Francophone Summit (22-24 October 2010).
 

Liza Drius, Communications Assistant 

What do you think will be the big environmental / conservation story in 2010?
That biodiversity can be saved! The biodiversity actions by Countdown 2010 partners will show that a change of direction is possible and hopefully, an international agreement on biodiversity and on climate change will be reached.

Give us one name to watch in 2010?
The new Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik and the European Union. The EU has tried to gain world leadership on environmental matters. It will be interesting to see what the EU will do and how much it will influence global processes.
 
Where will be the place to be in 2010?
Nagoya. The next biodiversity target will be decided at the 10th Conference of the Parties in Japan in October 2010. With the experience gained with the current target, we have all elements in place to define a new commitment for world governments.      

What would you most like to achieve in 2010?
I hope that through my work in the Countdown 2010 network I will give a real contribution to increase awareness of the need to reduce human impact on the environment. 2010 must be the beginning of a new way of thinking for the sake of people, species and nature as a whole!

Richard Aishton, ENPI-FLEG Coordinator

What do you think will be the big environmental / conservation story in 2010?
The energy/poverty matrix where people living in rural communities throughout the world reach a tipping point because they lack the resources to purchase energy critical to their basic needs.  The press will put it in the wrong context and isolate one cause. 

Give us one name to watch in 2010?
Alejandro Litovsky, senior advisor at AccountAbility regarding the poverty/governance and energy matrix.  He will tie in forests into this mix and begin to force people to cross sectors to understand global resource interactions.

Where will be the place to be in 2010?
Not to kiss up to the Director – but the place is Brussels which will become a gateway into the environmental and resource realities of Pan-Europe and be a leader in allowing innovative approaches to serious problems. 

What would you most like to achieve in 2010?
To partially or entirely responsible for helping people better understand ‘webs of causality’ that will cause the light bulb to come on and program integration will more easily take place. 
 


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