IUCN Council at the hard face of Conservation in southern Africa

World renowned conservation area sets the scene for first stand-alone meeting of Council away from IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland in 60 Years.


The World Conservation Union, or IUCN for short, has had little trouble in accumulating “first” accolades throughout its 60 year history. In 1948 it was founded as the world’s “first” global environmental organization. Since then, it has been the world’s “first” and to date – only – organization with a unique mix of member organizations comprising governments, government agencies and NGO’s. It is also the “first” and only environmental organization that has been afforded Permanent Observer Status by the United Nations.
From 19 - 21 November 2007, IUCN is poised to break new ground once again. For the first time in its 60 year history the governing body of the IUCN, the IUCN Council, will be conducting its business as a stand-alone meeting away from Headquarters in Switzerland. And Council has chosen the world’s “first” trans-boundary conservation park as backdrop for this historic occasion.
It is an ambitious exercise. The Council of the World Conservation Union is a dynamic and experienced group of exceptional individuals and leaders.
Their visit to South Africa will seek to:

  •  Increase understanding of environmental management in a southern context – its potential and challenges;
  • Provide the opportunity to learn about the leadership of the Southern Africa in the areas of biodiversity management, poverty alleviation and other sustainable development practices;
  • Facilitate constructive dialogue with local managers, communities and leaders; and
  • Bring Council members to the hard face of pertinent issues in a world-renowned conservation area such as biodiversity management, cross-border conservation and others.
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