IUCN - IUCN launches new opinion page on its website

IUCN launches new opinion page on its website

28 January 2009 | News story

The world oldest and largest environmental organization is launching a new opinion page on its website, starting today with an article on President Obama written by IUCN’s President, Mr. Ashok Khosla.

“Because we are a science-based organization and because we are also a membership organization, we tend to avoid controversies,” said Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN. “While we, as an organization, will maintain our scientific rigor and strict neutrality in defending nature conservation, we wanted to provide our experts and members a space to freely express themselves, get feedback from a wide audience and generate informed debates around the big issues of our time.”

The page, called “Opinions”, wants to become a place where experts, scientists and people active in the field can share their views and knowledge about pressing environmental issues. The lightly moderated page will allow for visitors to post comments and opinions.

“I think this new feature on our website will allow not only our members and experts to exchange views, but will be of interest to the general public and the media too, in order to familiarize themselves with the major trends in conservation thinking,” said Mario Laguë, Head of Global Communications at IUCN. “We want to use this to raise the awareness and the level of knowledge about the serious issues the world is facing, while making it interesting and, if need be, controversial.”

The Global Communications team will facilitate contacts with journalists interested in interviewing the authors of the articles.

You can reach the new web page at the following address:

www.iucn.org/opinions