IUCN World Conservation Congress 2021 Highlights

From the third to the eleventh of September, Wildlife ACT attended the World Conservation Congress, held by the Worldwide Union for the Conservation of Nature, and hosted by the French Authorities in Marseille. Postponed resulting from Covid from its initially deliberate date in 2020, the impacts of the pandemic got here out as a serious theme – highlighted within the detrimental impacts on conservation actions, in addition to emphasizing the significance of nature in our lives and international economies.

The IUCN is a union of members, and its power lies its convening energy, reaching out via an enormous community to carry collectively governments, scientists, conservationists and leaders of enterprise and monetary establishments – all with a standard aim of supporting a One Planet programme.

Highlights from the IUCN World Conservation Congress included the clear understanding that at the least 50% of worldwide GDP is linked and reliant in some form or kind on biodiversity. This has been clearly spelled out within the World Financial Discussion board’s 2021 danger report the place the highest 3 dangers regarding international economies are nature associated, together with Local weather Change, Biodiversity Loss and Pandemics.

It’s due to this fact vital that we transfer ahead with a Nature Optimistic framework – guaranteeing that the personal sector (and importantly the monetary sector) invests much less into nature-harming actions, and quite into biodiversity, guaranteeing a extra resilient future for all.

From the World Conservation Congress got here the Marseille Manifesto, a recognition that we now have one nature and one future. The main themes included strengthening hyperlinks between local weather change and biodiversity, the vital roles that native communities and indigenous individuals play within the sector, and the crucial have to finance the work required for efficient biodiversity conservation.

World monetary institutes are actually taking discover of the detrimental impacts of biodiversity loss. Christine La Garde, the President of the European Central Financial institution, stipulated the significance of nature and that central banks and different monetary establishments should be investing in actions and provide chains that don’t hurt nature, however quite are impartial or if potential, nature optimistic.

The pandemic has proven the necessity for resilience amongst human populations. Range combats the unfold of viruses, and we due to this fact want to keep up pure range to guard populations from such swift unfold of illness.

Agriculture and its industrialization has developed through the years to consist of intensive monoculture, requiring fixed intervention within the type of fertilizers and pesticides to keep up its productiveness. Are we, as people, heading down that very same path – requiring vaccines and medication to assist us preserve our resilience quite than sustaining a naturally resilient system via range?

We’d like nature, as residing with nature makes us extra resilient, so let’s work in direction of nature-positive life, incorporating this philosophy into our on a regular basis actions round consumption and manufacturing.

– Textual content by Wildlife ACT Managing Director, Mark Gerrard

Extra IUCN World Conservation Congress Highlights at www.iucncongress2020.org

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