Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Regional Conservation Forum 2019

The IUCN Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North and Central Asia, will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from 1 to 3 July 2019, as part of Union-wide preparation for the IUCN Congress 2020. Join us! Connect with experts across the region and explore synergies amongst a range of stakeholders and partners!

RCF Rotterdam logo Photo: IUCN

To attend the IUCN Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North and Central Asia, register here.

PROGRAMME

Monday, 1 July 2019 (open to all)
08:00 Registration open

 

08:30

Pre-Forum Fair. Participants are given the opportunity to organize:

  • Poster exhibition, workshops, knowledge cafés, stands (information on how to apply will be available soon);
  • Meetings of Commissions;
  • Meeting of National Committees and Country Focal Points.

 

11:00

Official opening of the Regional Conservation Forum. Welcome by:

  • Jaap Smit, King's Commissioner of South Holland 
  • Johan Osinga, DG Nature, Fisheries & Rural Affairs
  • Grethel Aguilar, IUCN Acting Director General
11:15 - 12:30

High-level panel discussion: Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework

Moderator: Luc Bas, Director of IUCN’s European Regional Office

Setting the scene:

  • Daniel Calleja-Crespo, Director General DG Environment, European Commission

Speakers:

  • Hans Bruyninckx, Director European Environment Agency, EEA
  • Hilde Eggermont, Coordinator Belgian Biodiversity Platform/IUCN Regional Councillor West Europe
  • Peter Bakker, President & CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development 
  • Ester Asin, Director WWF European Policy Office
  • Hannele Pokka, Ministry of Environment, Finland, EU Council Presidency
  • Carl Amirgulashvili, Head of Biodiversity and Forestry Department, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00

Parallel thematic sessions

1. Looking towards a sustainable farming future

2. Natural Capital - a game changing concept for better or for worse?

3. Turning Nature-based Solutions into action - knowledge, finance and non-conventional partnerships

4. Measuring the pulse of biodiversity in Europe, North and Central Asia
15:00 - 15:15 Break
15:15 - 16:45

Parallel thematic sessions

5. Towards a reduction of plastic emissions

6. Tools to improve the management and governance of Protected Areas in the region

7. The value of nature for a sustainable urban future

8. Strengthening nature to tackle Climate Change
16:45 - 17:15 Plenary feedback from Parallel Thematic Sessions
17:30

Welcome Reception at Rotterdam City Hall

  • Mr Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam (TBC)
Tuesday, 2 July 2019 (open to IUCN Members and Commissions)
08:30 - 10:00

IUCN Global Programme 2021-2024: Priorities, regional input, joint efforts and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

  • Grethel Aguilar, IUCN Acting Director General
  • Jan Olov Westerberg, IUCN Regional Councillor West Europe, Chair, programme and policy committee
10:00 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 13:00

IUCN Regional Programmes 2021 – 2024, parallel sessions:

  • Europe (EU Member States and other countries from IUCN’s statutory region of West Europe)
  • East Europe, North and Central Asia
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Lunchtime presentation: Inter-Regional Committee for Europe (IRC)
14:00 - 15:30

Side events (Open for applications)

  • Members' sessions/workshops
  • Commissions' sessions/workshops
15:30 - 19:00 Excursion
Wednesday, 3 July 2019 (open to IUCN Members and Commissions)
08:30 - 10:30

Preparation for the IUCN World Conservation Congress, Marseille 2020

  • Enrique Lahmann, Global Director, Union Development Group, IUCN 

IUCN governance reforms

  • Council Members from both European regions

Process for nominating candidates from the region for the IUCN Council

  • Luc De Wever, Senior Governance Manager, Secretary to Council, Union Development Group, IUCN
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30

The IUCN Policy Cycle: Introduction to the Motions Process and Implementation of Resolutions and Recommendations

Focus on IPBES and Synthetic Biology (Resolution WCC-2016-Res-086; WCC-2012-Res-117/118)

  • Sonia Peña Moreno, Coordinator, Global Biodiversity Policy and Governance, Global Policy Unit, IUCN
  • Hilde Eggertmont, Coordinator Belgian Biodiversity Platform/IUCN Regional Councillor West Europe
  • Flore Lafaye de Micheaux, IPBES Programme Officer
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 14:30

Members proposals for Motions to the IUCN World Conservation Congress, Marseille 2020

  • Moderator TBC
14:30 - 15:30

Closing session:

Results of Rotterdam

  • Carola Schouten, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of The Netherlands

On our way to Marseille

  • François de Rugy,  French Minister, Ministry for the Ecological and Solidary Transition / Brune Poirson, Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Solidary Transition (TBC)
  • Closing remarks by Zhang Xinsheng, IUCN President

To attend the IUCN Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North and Central Asia, register here.

Location: World Trade Center Rotterdam 

The official language of the event is English.

Around 380 Members will gather in Rotterdam to represent this vast region that extends from the far West of Greenland to the Kamchatka peninsula, in the East, and from the Northern shores of the Mediterranean Sea to the Arctic. This year’s Forum is organized jointly by IUCN’s Regional Office for Europe (EURO), the Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) and the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN NL), and supported by the Dutch Ministry of agriculture, nature and food quality, the provincial government of Zuid Holland and the City of Rotterdam.

Previous Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North and Central Asia took place in 2015 in Helsinki, Finland, in preparation for the IUCN Congress 2016 (Hawai’i, USA).

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