The IUCN Netherlands Committee turned 30 – and Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands came to celebrate at a symposium on “Ecosystems and Human Society in the 21st Century” held in Amsterdam.
Attended by more than 300 members and friends of IUCN, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General gave a keynote speech about “The financial crisis: An opportunity for conservation and development”, followed by speeches by Gerda Verburg, Minister for Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Food Quality (IUCN’s State Member in the Netherlands), Richard Leakey, Chair of Wildlife Direct, Kenya, and Pavan Sukhdev, leader of the TEEB Study. A panel discussion then discussed priorities for action. The day ended with a real birthday party.
During Julia Marton-Lefèvre’s visit to the Netherlands, a Memorandum of Understanding between IUCN and the National Committee of the Netherlands was signed to clarify the relationship and to improve collaboration.
During her visit to The Netherlands, Julia Marton-Lefèvre also met with the National Postcode lottery, a key partner of the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands, and she visited the High Tech campus in Eindhoven for discussions with Philips.
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