Starting yesterday, over 150 representatives of governments, NGOs and the business sector from West Asia came together in Amman, Jordan for the 8th IUCN West Asia Regional Conservation Forum.
Co-hosted by the Ministry of Environment in Jordan, HE Dr. Taher al Shakhshir stated that this forum, held and organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature - West Asia and in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, represents a serious stand in front of the challenges facing the region as a whole, which help in the preservation of the environment and biodiversity. This came during the opening speech of HE Dr Taher al Shakhshir on behalf of His Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Ensour.
The 8th Regional Conservation Forum is held under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister of Jordan, and the presence of HRH Princess Basma Bint Ali, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature - Inger Andersen and the Regional Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature - West Asia Office – Mr. Fadi Shraideh.
With the title "Innovative Natural Solutions, Motivating Change" the aim of the forum is providing the governments, NGOs, partners and the private sector a platform to engage with each other; to discuss and debate key conservation issues as well as an opportunity to prepare for an effective programme planning and discuss membership business, to initiate discussions on regional participation in the next Congress (2016), In addition, the RCF contributes to strengthening knowledge and networking for biodiversity conservation in the region.
The forum also seeks through the participation of the members in West Asia as well as experts from regional organizations and a number of decision-makers to improve the regional cooperation and provide a platform for governments and non-governmental organizations and partners and the private sector, to communicate and enhance mutual knowledge exchange.
It was pointed out that the most important challenges and pressures facing the environment in the region is the lack of consideration to land management and environmental systems, and unsustainable agricultural practices, and modern economic trends. The challenges deepen when policies and strategic choices do not focus on increasing ownership over natural resources such as water, land which in many cases are depleted due to numerous factors.
It was also stressed by all that the environment is facing great pressures on the regional and global levels alike and that the time has come to take the opportunity to work together to serve these goals.
The Regional Conservation Forum has also launched an exhibition and knowledge café in an aim to provide governments, NGOs, partners and the private sector a platform for engagement; to discuss and debate key conservation issues under the 3 IUCN Results found in the IUCN niche. The exhibition contributed to strengthening knowledge and networking for biodiversity conservation in the region. The knowledge café Showcased how IUCN ROWA initiatives work hand in hand with member initiatives, the IUCN ROWA booth acted as a common area used for Knowledge Cafe sessions.
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