The 9th National Conference on Science, Policy and Environment (NCSE) was held earlier this month at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C. and members of IUCN US were there to lend their expertise and support.
Each conference sees the coming together of leading scientists, policy makers, industry leaders, educators, and environmentalists in a bid to develop a 21st century approach for biodiversity management and conservation.
This year's featured speakers included Former Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, President of the H. John Heinz III Centre for Science, Economics and the Environment, Thomas Lovejoy and Prof. E.O. Wilson from Harvard University who received a NCSE Live Time Achievement Award alongside George Rabb and Peter Raven. NY Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner, Thomas Friedman, was also at NCSE talking about his latest bestseller, The World Is Flat and how America can lead the green revolution in the 21st century.
But perhaps most significant were the critical steps made to encourage the US to ratify the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). As part of these efforts, IUCN US co-hosted a special reception on Tuesday 9th December with key partners for the Executive Secretary of the CBD, Ahmed Djoghlaf who received a standing ovation for his efforts and determination to see that this is achieved as Obama takes office.
IUCN US was part of the planning committee for the event and also helped organized "The Future of Biodiversity in Africa" breakout session which discussed ways in which to incorporate biodiversity into development agendas, promote good conservation practices, and strengthen the role of social institutions in conservation.