The world is living through a decisive moment in its history with regards to the conservation of nature. The pivotal year of 2020, when the world will agree on new targets for nature by 2030, is a defining moment. Conserving nature is a non-negotiable prerequisite for achieving a more prosperous, healthy and equitable world. If the world does not reverse the loss of nature, it will undermine any prospect of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
However, there is great room for optimism, because the integrity of the natural world can be assured. Nature conservation enhances peoples’ lives – it can greatly enhance food and water security, help tackle climate change and contribute significantly to securing human rights and peace.
Given this critical moment, IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), and the South African Government through the Department of Environmental Affairs will hold a 3-day Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) for Eastern and Southern Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa from 23 to 25 July 2019, as part of Union-wide preparation for the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020
Join us! Connect with experts, policy makers, diplomats, eminent professionals, private sector, civil society representatives, business people, and youth from across the region to explore synergies and partnerships.
Poster exhibitions, knowledge cafés and network meetings on the first day will be followed by an official opening of the Forum, high-level panel discussions and thematic sessions on topics of regional interest.
Next days of the programme will focus on moderated panel discussions, presentations, interviews, plenary conversations, side events, exhibitions and workshops all aimed at inspiring conservation solutions for Eastern and Southern Africa ahead of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020
Speakers and a detailed programme will be announced soon, so stay tuned!
The official language of the event is English.