CeUICN towards Jeju 2012

28 March 2012 | Article

The Spanish Committee of IUCN (Comité Español de la UICN – CeIUCN) and its members will meet on 11 and 12 April in Vitoria (nominated European Green Capital) to discuss and agree on the motions to be presented at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012 (WCC) in Jeju, Korea [link], thus continuing the participatory process initiated in 2007, prior to the Congress held in Barcelona.

The successful experience of the 2007 workshop, which culminated with the approval of 22 of the 24 motions presented by the CeIUCN and its Members, is the foundation for this month's meeting. Representatives of IUCN global units, IUCN-Med (Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation) and the Committees from Meso and South America will be present. This workshop is part of the project "Towards the V World Congress of Nature" of CeUICN supported by the Fundación Biodiversidad (Biodiversity Foundation) and the Department of Biodiversity and Environmental Participation of the Basque Government.

During the event, a representative from the IUCN Secretariat will present the proposed IUCN Global Programme and the process of motions for Jeju. Cabrea Roberto and Antonio Ruiz, Committee Chairs from Meso and South America, will synthesize results from the IUCN Regional Forums in both regions. Antonio Troya, Director of IUCN-Med will present the Mediterranean Forum and the proposed Mediterranean Programme of IUCN. The goal is to identify synergies among the Spanish-speaking Members of IUCN.

In addition, the president of the CeUICN, Carlos Sánchez, will present the results of a report aimed at analyzing the degree to which the resolutions and recommendations presented by the Spanish membership at the WCC in Barcelona 2008 were implemented. This report is an initiative of the CeUICN and it is funded by the Employment Service of Cantabria. It is a self-assessment exercise to determine the actual capacity of IUCN Members and the Secretariat to implement resolutions and recommendations and identify their strengths and weaknesses.

The study provides evidence of some weaknesses in the machinery of IUCN which would require substantive reform, especially in terms of governance, communication, and the motions process. The study reveals that many Spanish Members think that  the tools currently offered by IUCN are not meeting their immediate needs. In other words, in the case of Spain, the distinctive power of the Union to influence policy, convene and build alliances has not been able to adequately permeate in the conservation ground.

The CeIUCN believes that Spain's experience in implementing WCC resolutions and recommendations can contribute constructively to the IUCN Global Programme 2013-2016 and thus to the vision of the Union to achieve a just world that values and conserves nature.

Access the report here (currently being translated into English).