The IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC is the general meeting held every four years, in the same years as the Olympic Games. IUCN’s General Assembly and other events are arranged at the Congress. The huge 2016 congress was held in Honolulu 1st - 10th September. Total participation was almost 10,000 persons from 192 countries.
The theme was “Planet at the Crossroads”, with a policy to develop new partnerships for the improvement of current problems for nature. Measures on climate change are an important in addition to conservation of endangered species, because climate affects all species in the world as well as the livelihoods of humans. New cooperation is needed to solve problems through effective approaches.1,380 Forum events were arranged to show or to discuss conservation activities. There were High Level Dialogues (public debates by influential persons), Conservation Cases (introductions to deeper approaches), Workshops, Knowledge Cafés (roundtable discussions), Posters, Conservation Campus events (interactive training), Pavilions (introduction of innovative partnerships) and Social events (networking and social interactions).
A total of 106 Motions were also considered and all of them were approved by voting of members in the government and non-government (NGO) houses. The Hawai’i Commitment was approved on the closing day as a general appeal from WCC 2016.
IAF at WCC - participation from IAF
IAF is member of the IUCN since 1996 as an international non-governmental organization. IAF sent a team to develop and promote our activities. The members were Janusz Sielicki (Vice president for Europe, accredited delegate of IAF at WCC), Keiya Nakajima (Vice president for Asia), Dan Cecchini (Board Member) and Huisheng Chen (Taiwanese Association for Falconry Culture and Raptor Conservation). Huisheng attended WCC as the specialist for logistic support in the venue, because he is a resident of Hawai’i. Prof. Robert Kenward (Advisor) also attended WCC as Chair of the Thematic Group on Sustainable Use and Management of Ecosystems (SUME) in CEM. Janusz, Keiya, Robert and Adrian Lombard are all members of the Sustainable Use & Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi) in CEESP/SSC. Keiya doubles as coordinator for South East Asia in SUME.