The IUCN WCC brings conservationists and politicians together to discuss the world’s major environmental issues.
Today is the first day of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress (IUCN WCC), a 10-day conference attended by more than 8,000 delegates from over 190 countries who will be attending more than 1,300 events. The IUCN has helped to set international agendas on ecotourism, climate change, protecting indigenous rights, and endangered species.
Taking place in Hawaii, this is the first time the WCC has come to the United States. This is also the first time the WCC has ever taken place on an island.
Hawaii is actively involved in many of the issues the IUCN is focused on, including water conservation, protecting endangered species, combating invasive species, protecting marine habitats, reducing dependency on fossil fuels and developing clean, renewable energy sources.
Hawaii has come to be named the “extinction capital of the world.” Invasive species constitute a primary threat to native species on the Hawaiian islands. Chipper Wichman, president and CEO of the National Botanical Garden on Kauai, and a member of the IUCN organizing committee, said,
When we look at the return on investment in terms of impact on conservation, not only for Hawaii, but for the world, it’s incredible…It’s going to be catalytic.
This conference presents many exciting opportunities, including the potential to influence local policy decisions. Island Conservation is excited have a team of 16 staff attending the conference this year. Tune in to our WCC updates by following us on social media:
- Hybrid Iguanas Signal Need for Stricter Biosecurity - March 8, 2018
- Penguin vs. Rabbit: Native Island Wildlife Need More than Luck when Invasive Species Take Over - March 1, 2018
- Rat Tracks in New Zealand Wildlife Sanctuary Cause Alarm - January 25, 2018
- Little Penguins and Petrels Surveyed in Auckland - January 25, 2018
- Invasive Plant Threatens High-elevation Bogs of Maui - January 24, 2018
- Extinct Burrowing Bat Fossil Discovered in New Zealand - January 19, 2018
- Predator Free 2050 a Boon for Human Health - January 19, 2018
- Philosophy Talks: Self, Technology, and Ecology - January 8, 2018
- Royalty and Celebrities Drawn to Rat-free Seychelles Island - January 5, 2018
- Tiny Kayangel, Palau: Window on a Restored Future for Planet Earth and Humankind? - December 11, 2017