In December 2015, conservation experts gathered in Helsinki, Finland, for the 2015 IUCN Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North & Central Asia. Together, they have shaped the future of conservation in Europe by identifying the actions and forging the synergies needed for change to happen.
Every four years, the IUCN Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North & Central Asia (RCF) is held as a unique platform for IUCN Members to exchange, influence and network at regional level by identifying the actions and forging the synergies needed for change to happen.
It is a key event for the IUCN constituency (Members, Commissions, National Committees and the Secretariat) to prepare for the World Conservation Congress 2016, and to ensure that regional matters are adequately taken into account in the preparations for the Congress.
The RCF gathered participants from Europe, North and Central Asia. This includes delegates from IUCN Member organisations in the region (390 organisations at the moment), including State Members, government agencies and NGO representatives, experts and scientist from IUCN Commissions, IUCN staff, representatives from the private sector, partner organisations, donors and foundations, and Host City representatives.
The 2015 Regional Conservation Forum was organized jointly by IUCN’s European Regional Office (EURO), the Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECARO), the IUCN Finnish National Committee, and the Host Country (Finland) as a focused meeting fulfilling IUCN statutory requirements and addressing important conservation issues.
Pictures of the Regional Conservation Forum can be found on our Flickr page