Sailing to Barcelona

Sailing to Barcelona is an initiative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) which will provide an unprecedented push for coastal and marine conservation globally. As part of the 2008 IUCN World Conservation Congress, it will offer a neutral platform for its Members and partners to advance the protection of coastal and marine biodiversity.

Sailing to Barcelona

Using its powerful global-to-local networking capacity, IUCN will have Sailing to Barcelona participants deliver precise coastal and marine conservation commitments. These will be showcased internationally and used as models to create a global momentum for the stewardship of our oceans, coasts and seas.
Never has the need to protect our oceans in a holistic and coordinated manner been so urgent. Sailing to Barcelona will set the stage for what we hope will be a powerful, concerted and long-lasting initiative to protect the extraordinary “blue world” that covers more than two thirds of our planet. The commitments resulting from Sailing to Barcelona are part of the “Countdown 2010 for Marine Ecosystems”.


  • Sailing parade on October 5 in Barcelona
  • Commitments to protect marine biodiversity

Partners: Pro Sailing, Antinea Foundation, Nauta Consultants, Barcelona Maritime Museum, City of Barcelona
Timeline: November 2007 – November 2008
Contact person: Sarah Gindre

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