The World Conservation Union (IUCN) organized the 4th Asia Regional Conservation Forum in early September in Kathmandu, Nepal. Held every four years, it provides a platform to discuss innovative conservation approaches, share regional experiences, and build partnership for future action in Asia.
This year’s forum has generated meaningful dialogue on critical conservation and development issues in Asia as well as their possible solutions. The main topic of debate was the impact of emerging socio-economic trends on the environment in Asia.
Among the highlights of the conference was the presentation of the proposed IUCN Asia Inter-Sessional Programme for the next quadrennial (2009-2012) and strategies for addressing key regional issues such as climate change, energy, and environmental security. Discussion on the Programme will feed into the next IUCN World Conservation Congress which is scheduled for October 2008 in Barcelona, Spain.
This 4th Regional Conservation Forum was co-hosted by the Government of Nepal and the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation. The Prime Minister of Nepal attended the inaugural session as the Chief Guest.
Four hundred representatives from IUCN’s member, commission, secretariat, and council in Asia attended the conference along with its major stakeholders, including representatives from the donor community and private sector. The IUCN Viet Nam delegation contributed actively at all sessions and activities of the forum and presented four papers.
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