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IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016

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Hawai‘i, USA hosted the IUCN World Conservation Congress September 1-10, 2016. Hashtag: #IUCNcongress

Events included workshops, training and capacity-building sessions at the Conservation Campus, Posters and Knowledge Café sessions.

Held every four years, the IUCN Congress is the world’s largest conservation event. It aims to improve how our natural environment is managed for human, social and economic development.

Schedule of Events
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Livestreaming and Archived Videos

On our wishlist, we will add links/embed videos including
official meetings and workshops
corridor chat
field trips


IUCN World Congress 2016: Conservation 2.0: Empowering Next Generations
IUCN World Congress 2016: Everybody's Business: Ending Wildlife Trafficking
IUCN World Congress 2016 - Global Environmenta Change
IUCN World Congress 2016 - Actions for a Sustainable Ocean
IUCN World Congress 2016 - Nature at a Scale that Matters
IUCN World Congress 2016 -Inter-Generational Climate Justice Moot Court
IUCN World Congress 2016 - Inspirational Stories & the challenge of making conservation go viral
IUCN World Congress 2016 - Closing Ceremony




About the event (text from the IUCN website)

Held every four years, the 2016 IUCN Congress will be the largest gathering of environmental policy makers since the Paris Climate Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, and presents a major opportunity to start putting these deals into action.

This year’s IUCN Congress motions are indicative of current trends and priorities for conservation, sustainability and the environment. The six key motions primarily identified for debate in Hawai‘i deal with protected areas, natural capital, biodiversity offsets, ocean governance, oil palm expansion and ecotourism. More than 8,000 delegates representing governments, business, the scientific community, NGOs and Indigenous peoples from more than 160 countries will discuss the issues outlined in the motions.

The IUCN Congress will decide and trigger action on a total of around a hundred motions, on issues ranging from closing domestic markets for ivory trade to protecting wild bats from culling programmes, phasing out the use of lead in ammunition or strengthening the role of Indigenous peoples in combating illegal wildlife trade.

An IUCN policy on natural capital, which deals with the value of ‘ecosystem services’ such as water, food, climate mitigation and natural flood defences, is an expected outcome, as is an IUCN policy on biodiversity offsets – actions that compensate for biodiversity losses caused by development projects. The draft decision on ocean governance calls for a legally binding instrument for the conservation of marine biological diversity in the high seas, which account for two-thirds of the world’s oceans.

IUCN Congresses have led the way on thinking in conservation since 1948, flagging climate change as an issue of concern as early as 1960, for instance. Past IUCN Congress motions and the resulting resolutions have been key to developing landmark treaties such as the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CDB).

For a full list of the motions see here.

Visit the Congress Website for the latest updates and information.

Making the Most of the Social Web

Planeta.com will not be on site for the World Conservation Congress, but we would like to showcase the social web as a means of engaging public awareness of responsible travel in parks and protected areas. We will spotlight the work and concerns of members of the IUCN Tourism and Protected Areas Commission (TAPAS) and pay attention to Indigenous Peoples and their concerns and questions.

We will champion the idea of guidelines for remote participants.

This work builds on collaborative work in conjunction with the 2014 World Parks Congress, the 2012 Biodiversity COP and going back to the 2002 World Ecotourism Summit in which facilitator Ron Mader hosted a month-long online dialogue prior to the physical event. Our intention in 2016 is to spotlight the World Conservation Congress over the course of the entire year.

We'd like the WCC to connect those in the room with interested parties unable to attend the Congress in person. Planeta.com commits to sharing, promoting, hosting live videos from Periscope, YouTube and Facebook.

Immediate outputs include collaboratively edited documents including the Parks and Protected Areas Directory of Social Web Channels.

If this sounds familiar, the proposal was submitted but not accepted as an official program (see Parks and Tourism: Making the Most of the Social Web and Ron's blog).



Key Links

proposals already submitted

Buzzword Bingo

Our 2016 #IUCNCongress Buzzword Bingo is a mix of the aspirational, the nerdy wonk words, hashtags and gems. Suggestions are welcome. Buzzword Bingo cards can be printed and shared without charge. Fans are encouraged to remix the artwork with the attribution-sharealike license.

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Does the IUCN have a list of the 9,000+ attending the #IUCNCongress who have an account on Twitter?

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How to Tweet about the #IUCNCongress

To maximize the impact of the World Conservation Congress, we encourage participants to live tweet from the event. For Twitter-newbies, we're developing the following tips. HT and many thanks to Richard McLellan - https://twitter.com/RichardMcLellan - for walking the talk and showing how to live tweet environmental events, excursions and all!
also online http://planeta.com/1609iucntwitter

• Include the #IUCNCongress hashtag
• Introduce yourself and what you're working on
• Let people know why you're attending
• Be generous. Quote other people
• Retweet posts you'd like to share
• Include a link to specific features or websites
• Show Live Video via Periscope
• Add a graphic / poster / photo
• Use # (hashtags)
• Use @ (mentions)

How to Tweet from the World Conservation Congress #IUCNCongress

World Conservation Congress Wish List

How should we evaluate the 2016 World Conservation Congress (WCC)? Here is our wishlist for the event:

Translating into Spanish. Suggestions/corrections welcome!
also online: http://planeta.com/1609iucnwishlist
1) We'd like to learn about conservation
2) We’d like the WCC to be a window into the IUCN
3) We’d like the WCC to be fully engaged via the social web
4) We’d like the WCC to engage locals in Hawai’i and teach visitors about Hawai’i
5) We’d like the WCC to be a catalyst for satellite events and viewing parties
6) We’d like the WCC to be particularly friendly to Indigenous Peoples
7) We'd like the WCC to serve as an example of responsible travel embedded in conservation events
8) We'd like the WCC to serve as an example of Open Access, Open Educational Resources and Open Journalism
1) Nos gustaría aprender acerca de la conservación
2) Nos gustaría WCC sea una ventana al UICN y socios
3) Nos gustaría WCC que se dedica plenamente a través de las redes sociales
• Facebook, Flickr, Google, Periscope, Twitter, Youtube
• Livestreaming y videos archivados
• Recursos para los participantes lejanos (remote participants)
4) Nos gustaría WCC para participar locales en Hawai’i y enseñar a los visitantes acerca de Hawai'i.
5) Nos gustaría WCC ser un catalizador para eventos satélitales (satellite events) y fiestas para ver (viewing parties)
6) Nos gustaría WCC es particularmente amigable para los Pueblos Indígenas
7) Nos gustaría WCC para servir como un ejemplo de viajes responsables como parte de los eventos de conservación
8) Nos gustaría WCC para servir como un ejemplo de Acceso Abierto, Educación Abierto y Periodismo Abierto

Wishlist: World Conservation Congress http://planeta.wikispaces.com/iucn2016#wishlist … @IUCN @IUCN_CEC @aloha_nature #IUCNCongress #Hawaii



http://www.iccs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/KE@ICCS-Science-Brief-Oct-2016_final.pdf -
https://annaspenceley.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/raising-the-bar-for-ecotourism-iucn-joins-effort-to-align-ecotourism-with-conservation-goals - https://twitter.com/anna_spenceley/status/778438280027136001
http://www.bluemarinefoundation.com/2016/09/05/a-strange-absence-as-the-world-talks-conservation -
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/02/protected-lands-endangered-species-environment-risk - @olliemilman
http://blog.conservation.org/2016/08/why-you-should-care-about-the-world-conservation-congress -
http://www.goldmanprize.org/blog/connect-conservation-activists-twitter - @goldmanprize
http://hawaiipublicradio.org/post/city-unveils-iucn-world-congress-plans - @wearehpr

Traffic Info

Traffic Info
Businesses brace for IUCN World Conservation Congress impacts



Report of the Director General on the Work of the Union since the IUCN World Conservation Congress, Jeju, 2012 (pdf)
Nature’s critical role in climate solutions - @TeIpukareaSoc

Indigenous Peoples and IUCNCongress


The previous World Conservation Congress was held in 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea. Details

Wordled Jeju Declaration from the September 2012 #iucncongress


Tourism Journey

WCC 2016 Sessions: TAPAS Group – Updated 6 June 2016
Congress Theme: Planet at the Crossroads

Type and Name of event
Session ID+URL

Visitors count! - Count visitation! Socioeconomic evaluation of tourism in protected areas – on the way to a global standard has been created
4 SEP 2016, 1700-1900
Room 317B
Barbara Engels (BfN/TAPAS)
Paul Eagles - TAPAS
Anna - TAPAS
Biodiversity in Voluntary Certification Standards and Labels
4 SEP 2016, 0830-1030,
Room 317B
Giulia Carbone?
Natural Sounds and Healthy Parks: Global Research and Initiatives
2 SEP 2016, 1700-1900, Room 317B
Jim Barborak (CSU/TAPAS)
Nature at a Scale that Matters: Innovative Approaches for Long-Term Funding of Protected Areas
4 SEP 2016, 0830-1030, Room 310
Kate Zdilla (WWF)

Peter Prokosch (LT&C)

Megan Epler Wood-TAPAS??
Knowledge Café

Community benefits from nature-based tourism
2 SEP 2016, 1700-1900
Room 311-6
Sue Snyman – TAPAS
Kelly & Anna – TAPAS??
What can Public Protected Areas learn from Private Protected areas?
2 SEP 2016, 1700-1900, Room 311-13
Delphine King (Zeitz Foundation/The Long Run)


Jim- CSU?
Regional Sustainable Tourism Initiatives as Conservation Change Agents
3 SEP 2016, 0930-1030, Room 311-8
Carla Danelutti (IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation)
Natalie Lobartolo??
Reinforcing the role of Cultural Tourism Management Planning to Sustain Biodiversity and Communities at Tentative Indigenous World Heritage Sites
4 SEP 2016, 0830-1030, Room 311-10
Fergus Maclaren

Robyn Bushell??
Sustainable tourism standards and certification: implications for conservation and livelihoods
5 SEP 2016, 1430-1630, Room 311-13
Kelly Bricker – GSTC/TIES
Anna – TAPAS?
Randy Durband – GSTC?
Pavilion Events

Best Practices in Sustainable Tourism: Guidelines, Solutions and Examples
3 SEP 2016, 1700-1900, Business and Biodiversity Pavilion
Yu-Fai Leung (NCSU/TAPAS)

Peter Prokosch (LT&C)

Marie Fischborn (IUCN Panorama Solutions)

Accelerating the shift towards sustainable consumption and production patterns through the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme
5 SEP 2016, 1900-1930, Screen 16
Anna Spenceley (TAPAS)

Dirk and Virginia??
Charlie Arden-Clark??
Peter Prokosch??
Chokri Mansour??
Rachel McCaffery??

Visitors count! - Count visitation! Tourism in protected areas as a driver for socioeconomic development – standard setting and implementation
The workshop will explore how tourism in protected areas can be a driver for sustainable development and assess how an international standard can guide the evaluation of the socio-economic benefits provided. Country case studies including Brazil, Finland and the US will illustrate both the role of sustainable tourism in protected areas and the ongoing work on socio economic evaluation. The workshop will include interactive elements to engage with a multitude of partners.
#WCC_10215 Workshop Room: 317B Date: 4 September 2016 Time: 17:00 - 19:00 Stage language: English Focal point: Barbara Engels Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), GA 351


Hawaiʻi sponsored IUCN motions

The Promise to Paeʻaina
E Kumupaʻa Indigenous Crop Biodiversity Festival
E Alu Pū Global Gathering
Hawaiʻi Pacific Pavilion

Embedded Tweets

#IUCNCongress Schedule of Events

Artwork / Cue Yourself

Buzzword Bingo: Hawaiʻi Commitments

#IUCNCongress Buzzword Bingo

he lono moku = An island(s) update/report

#IUCNCongress is the hashtag for the 2016 World Conservation Congress @clalyc @IUCN @IIFB_indigenous @SEMARNAT_mx

Protected Planet Report


Protected Planet 2016


The physical session will be highly interactive and guide participants through lessons learned on existing social web platforms while using these very channels in real time.

Participants need to be digitally literate before the physical session -- the WCC session is not a general introduction. Training is available now to get participants using a few social web channels.


blog: proposal

Planet at the Crossroads

We live in a time of tremendous change, the nature and extent of which is the subject of intense debate and attention around the world. At the heart of this debate is the clash of immediate human needs with their long-term impacts on the planet’s capacity to support life. With a timeframe of 15 years, the world has committed to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals – an ambitious agenda for improving human living conditions for all. There is a real sense of urgency in this call to action, as many believe that current trends are not sustainable and that there is a closing window of opportunity to effect meaningful change in Humanity’s trajectory. Our future will be decided by the choices we make now. Today we are some 7.3 billion people on Earth and the UN estimates that, under a medium growth scenario, we will be more than 8.4 billion by 2030. More than half the world’s population is already living in urban areas, increasingly disconnected from the complex systems of Nature and the biodiversity that keep us all alive. Shifting patterns of global wealth and economic growth over the past 15 years have led to important increases in economic wellbeing, lifting hundreds of millions of people from poverty. However change is complex. In addition to the type of progress we all applaud, such as poverty reduction and improved maternal health, other problems persist or grow steadily worse. The benefits of development are not shared equitably, the gap between rich and poor is widening, and economic growth is occurring at the expense of ecological integrity. We can expect more of this to happen over the next 15 years, in ways that simultaneously bring hope yet further strain the planet’s biodiversity and its capacity to support human needs and expectations. IUCN believes that a steady increase in global wellbeing can only be achieved through an enhanced understanding of the planet’s complex life support systems and the predominant global trends currently acting upon them – urbanisation, economic growth, burgeoning consumption, disappearing biodiversity, wealth inequality, climate change, population growth, and so on. Time is running out for humanity to find ways of progressing that safeguard and reinforce the natural world that sustains us. In one form or another, Nature will most likely go on, so the relevant question is: to what extent will healthy, prosperous and secure societies continue to be a part of the story, and how much of the greater community of life will persist? The current debate is framed by two competing narratives. One is a pessimistic view of our future which claims that it is already too late to avoid catastrophe, INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE and therefore we must now focus on survival and recovery. This leaves people in despair. The other is a stubborn optimism arguing that Humanity has faced and overcome many great challenges in the past and will continue to do so. This risks indifference and denial. There is, however, an emerging viable alternative – one that embraces the reality that we live in a world of complex, interdependent systems and acknowledges that changes to these systems can either enhance resilience or result in greater instability and uncertainty. This alternative future has been given expression by the international community through various declarations, including The World Charter for Nature, Agenda 21, The Earth Charter, and the U.N. General Assembly resolutions on Harmony with Nature. Collectively, they point to the need for profound transformations in our patterns of production and consumption, and recognition that every form of life has value regardless of its worth to human beings. The alternative approach stresses that nature conservation and human progress are not mutually exclusive. Facing tremendous forces of transformation such as climate change and dramatic socioeconomic inequality across the world, there are credible and accessible political, economic, cultural and technological choices that can promote general welfare in ways that support and even enhance our planet’s natural assets. To inform these choices, IUCN has been aligning conservation efforts all over the world around three solid lines of work: valuing and conserving Nature’s diversity, advancing effective and equitable governance of the use of Nature, and deploying Nature-based solutions to climate, food and development challenges. The approach that is emerging from our collective efforts demonstrates that Nature is not an obstacle to human aspirations, but rather an essential partner, offering valuable contributions towards all our endeavours. For the alternative path to be credible and viable, we need new partnerships across the planet, between governments, NGOs, conservationists, scientists, consumers, producers, urban planners, entrepreneurs, grassroots and indigenous organisations and financial backers. Each partner holds a vital piece of the puzzle – the knowledge, the tools, the resources. We need to bring these pieces together, and collectively complete the greatest puzzle ever attempted: to secure Nature’s support systems so that Humanity and the greater community of life may continue to prosper on Earth. This is our collective challenge for the next 15 years, and this is the invitation that the 2016 IUCN Congress is offering to the world.

How is your conference green?

We applaud the goals of the congress to be plastic-free, paper-low and zero waste. We would like to see photos and videos for documentation.

Remote Participation

How does event engage remote participants? The number one way to minimize impacts of any event is to make sure that those who choose not to attend in person have as comparable access and ability to participate as those on the ground.


Julie Ann Wrigley, Global Institute of Sustainability Arizona State University

  • It is both fitting and exciting that the IUCN will convene its World Conservation Congress in Hawai‘i in 2016. Hawai‘i is a showcase of diversity in nature, culture, conservation and sustainability - a place where traditional wisdom and knowledge blend with modern science and technology. The future well-being of ‘āina, the “nature and land” of Hawai‘i and the entire world, is at a crossroads. One path leads to continued, devastating impacts on people and planet. But another path respects ‘āina by protecting and enhancing the systems that support life on Earth, thus creating a trajectory toward a sustainable and prosperous future. The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will help the world set the right course.

Original Proposal

Español (borrador)
Our proposed session for the World Conservation Congress showcases the social web in raising public awareness of responsible travel in parks and protected areas. The session spotlights the work and concerns of members of the IUCN Tourism and Protected Areas Commission (TAPAS) and is particularly attentive to Indigenous Peoples and their concerns and questions.

The session is designed for leaders keen on using available technologies to widen public awareness and willing to take a hands-on approach instead of delegating to a communications department. Participants can expect to grow their own abilities, to network and learn from others.

This work builds on collaborative work in conjunction with the 2014 World Parks Congress, the 2012 Biodiversity COP and going back to the 2002 World Ecotourism Summit in which facilitator Ron Mader hosted a month-long online dialogue prior to the physical event. Our intention in 2016 is to spotlight the World Conservation Congress over the course of the entire year and to engage participants immediately using the social web. Participants will select best practice examples which in turn will be added to the Parks and Tourism Webinar.

We'd like the WCC session to connect those in the room with interested parties unable to attend the Congress in person. Livestreaming video is a must preferably using something inexpensive and accessible to many. This type of training needs to be a model of open access. Example: 2012 Biodiversity COP Workshop on YouTube.

Before and during the session, participants will be asked to participate in collaborative editing sessions and video hangouts. Prior to the WCC, Planeta.com commits to hosting live video hangouts streamed on YouTube, the development of wiki pages including iucn2016 and discussion on LinkedIn. And we will tweet using the #IUCNCongress hashtag. Let me be clear: for conservationists learning to Twitter is a means of increasing the impact of a campaign. Check out Richard McLellan's #DoMoreGood: Using @Twitter to Increase your Impact .

Immediate outputs include the development of a public video archive and collaboratively edited documents including the Parks and Protected Areas Directory of Social Web Channels.
Nuestra propuesta de una sesión para el Congreso Mundial de la Naturaleza (WCC) muestra el papel de las redes sociales en el aumento de la conciencia pública sobre el turismo responsable en los parques y áreas protegidas. La sesión de relieve el trabajo y las preocupaciones de los miembros de la UICN de Turismo y de la Comisión de Áreas Protegidas (TAPAS) y es particularmente atento a los pueblos indígenas y sus inquietudes y preguntas.

La sesión está diseñada para que los líderes interesados en el uso de las tecnologías disponibles para ampliar la conciencia pública y que estén dispuestos a adoptar un enfoque práctico en lugar de delegar a un departamento de comunicaciones. Los participantes pueden esperar para hacer crecer sus propias capacidades, a la red y aprender de los demás.

Este trabajo se basa en el trabajo de colaboración en conjunto con el 2014 Congreso Mundial de Parques, la Biodiversidad COP 2012 y que se remonta a la Cumbre Mundial del Ecoturismo 2002 en la que Ron Mader facilitador organizó un diálogo en línea de un mes antes del evento físico. Nuestra intención en 2016 es para poner de relieve el Congreso Mundial de la Naturaleza en el transcurso de todo el año y para involucrar a los participantes inmediatamente usando la web social. Los participantes seleccionarán ejemplos de buenas prácticas que a su vez se sumarán al webinar de los Parques y Turismo.

Nos gustaría la sesión del WCC para conectar los de la sala con las partes interesadas que no puedan asistir al Congreso en persona. Streaming de vídeo es una necesidad preferiblemente usando algo barato y accesible para muchos. Este tipo de entrenamiento tiene que ser un modelo de acceso abierto. Ejemplo: Taller COP en YouTube.

Antes y durante el período de sesiones, se pedirá a los participantes a participar en sesiones de edición de colaboración y lugares de reunión de vídeo. Antes de la CMI, Planeta.com compromete a acoger hangouts de vídeo en directo streaming en YouTube, el desarrollo de páginas wiki incluyendo iucn2016 y discusión de LinkedIn. Y vamos a twittear con el hashtag #IUCNCongress. Permítanme ser claro: para los conservacionistas están aprendiendo a Twitter es un medio de aumentar el impacto de una campaña. Echa un vistazo a #DoMoreGood de Richard McLellan: UsandoTwitter para aumentar su impacto

Salidas inmediatas incluyen el desarrollo de un archivo de vídeo pública y documentos colaborativamente editados incluyendo El directorio de los parques y áreas protegidas y las redes sociales.

How is your concept relevant to the Congress theme?
¿Cómo es tu concepto relevante para el tema del Congreso?

Español (borrador)
The Congress asks to what extent will human societies continue to be a part of the story of life on Earth and how much of the greater community of life will persist? These stories and the accompanying narratives must be better expressed in timely conversations using today's technologies AND face-to-face communication. Park managers have at their literal fingertips the technologies to connect local communities with regional and global support networks. Successful partnerships will make the most of the very social web, livestreaming video, Facebook events and chats conducted on Twitter. We will focus on storytelling now and the critical importance of our actions today on future ecosystems
El Congreso pide en qué medida serán las sociedades humanas siguen siendo una parte de la historia de la vida en la Tierra y cómo gran parte de la gran comunidad de la vida persistirán? Estas historias y los relatos que acompañan deben expresarse mejor en conversaciones oportunas utilizando tecnologías de hoy y la comunicación cara a cara. Los administradores del parque tienen a su alcance literal de las tecnologías para conectar a las comunidades locales con las redes regionales y mundiales de apoyo. Las asociaciones exitosas harán la mayor parte de la web muy social, livestreaming video, eventos de Facebook y charlas realizadas en Twitter. Nos centraremos en la narración de vez en la importancia crítica de nuestras acciones de hoy en los ecosistemas futuros

Parks and Tourism: Making the Most of the Social Web

Carta de Sevilla


What should we know about

Ayúdenos a generar entusiasmo por el Congreso usando el hashtag oficial del Congreso Mundial de la Naturaleza 2016 de la UICN, #IUCNcongress, en todas sus conversaciones sobre el evento en las redes sociales, y seguir la UICN en Facebook y Twitter para las últimas en la conservación y el Congreso.

How can journalists who do not plan on attending the IUCN Congress in person best participate remotely?

IUCN Council

Will presentations be livestreamed?
For those not coming in person, how can we be part of the action? Is there a guide for remote participants?

Schedule of Events
Photo: IUCN

All events will take place at the Hawai'i Convention Center unless otherwise noted.
There will be daily networking breaks during these times: 11:00-11:30, 13:00-14:30, 16:30-17:00 and 19:00-19:30.
Please note: Events at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center are only open to registered participants.

1 September
10:00am - 12:00pm
Opening Ceremony
Neal S. Blaisdell Center

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Opening Reception
Hawaiʻi Convention Center
2 September
8:30am - 10:30am
Forum Opening Ceremony
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

10:30am - 9:00pm
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

11:00am - 1:00pm
Climate Change: Championing Nature-Based Solutions
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

11:00am - 5:00pm
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

2:30pm - 4:30pm
Private Finance for Public Good
Hawaiʻi Convention Center
3 September
8:30am - 9:00pm
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

11:00am - 5:00pm
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

11:00am - 1:00pm
Conservation 2.0: Empowering Next Generations
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

5:00pm - 7:00pm
Everybody’s Business: Ending Wildlife Trafficking
Hawaiʻi Convention Center
4 September
8:30am - 9:00pm
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

11:00am - 5:00pm
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

2:30pm - 4:30pm
Actions for a Sustainable Ocean
Hawaiʻi Convention Center
5 September
8:30am - 9:00pm
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

11:00am - 5:00pm
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

2:30pm - 4:30pm
Connections: Spirituality and Conservation
Hawaiʻi Convention Center
6 September
8:30am - 9:00pm
Members Assembly
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

11:00am - 5:00pm
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

7:00pm - 8:30pm
Members Medals and Award Ceremony
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

Hawaiʻi Convention Center
7 September
8:30am - 9:00pm
Members Assembly
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

11:00am - 5:00pm
Hawaiʻi Convention Center
8 September

Excursion Day
Various locations
9 September
8:30am - 9:00pm
Members Assembly
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

11:00am - 5:00pm
Hawaiʻi Convention Center
10 September
8:30am - 2:00pm
Members Assembly
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Congress Closing Ceremony
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Closing Reception
Hawaiʻi Convention Center


How does the event engage locals?

From the IUCN Website

Our aim is to have a Congress that is plastic-free, paper-low and zero waste.
We are working with local businesses, farmers and hotels and developing practical guidelines for future green events in Honolulu.

Guide to a Sustainable Congress will have more details on what IUCN is doing, and what you can do, to minimize the environmental impacts of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016.


external image application-pdf.png Green Hotels Initiative
external image application-pdf.png Hawai'i Green Business Program (HGBP) Checklist
external image application-pdf.png Ten Entry Level Green Actions IUCN

Exhibition Hall opening hours for non-registered participants:

2-7 September
11:00am - 5:00pm
8 September
9 September
11:00am - 5:00pm
10 September

Hours of registration:

30 August
12:00pm - 6:00pm
31 August
8:00am - 6:00pm
1 September
6:00am - 6:30pm
2 September
7:30am - 8:00pm
3 September
7:30am - 7:30pm
4-6 September
8:00am - 7:30pm
7 September
8:00am - 5:00pm
8 September
9 September
8:00am - 3:00pm
10 September
8:00am - 3:00pm

Hawai'i Conservation Center opening hours for Congress participants:

30 August
Lobby open
8:00am - 7:00pm
31 August
Lobby open
8:00am - 8:00pm

3rd floor open by invitation only

1 September
Lobby open
6:00am - 6:30pm

3rd floor open by invitation only

Opening ceremony relay
10:00am - 12:00am
2-7 September

7:30am - 10:00pm
8 September

9 September

7:30am - 10:00pm
10 September

7:30am - 4:00pm


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Members' Assembly

The Members' Assembly is the highest decision-making body of IUCN. It brings together IUCN Members to debate and establish environmental policy, to approve the IUCN Programme and to elect the IUCN Council and President.
It The Members’ Assembly takes place every four years during the World Conservation Congress and is where IUCN’s Member organisations collectively decide on actions to address the world’s most pressing and often controversial conservation and sustainable development challenges.
IUCN’s membership currently stands at over 1,300 and includes some of the most influential government and civil society organisations from more than 160 countries, giving the decisions taken at the IUCN Congress a powerful mandate. Through motions (often brought forward by the IUCN Membership), Resolutions and Recommendations on important conservation issues are are adopted by this unique global environmental parliament of governments and NGOs, guiding IUCN’s policy and work programme and as well as influencing many other organisations around the world.

More Congress on Twitter

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We are the community-based National Host Committee for the IUCN World Conservation Congress Hawaii 2016.#IUCNcongress #Hawaii

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IUCN provides organisations with the knowledge and resources needed to implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

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Specialise in ecotourism; community development; environmental education; diversifying livelihoods; poverty reduction; biodiversity conservation
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CEO @NACC_NRM. Environmentalist. Editor, LivingPlanetReport 2010-14. Into: ecology, biodiversity, conservation, agriculture, climate change. @NRM_WA

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IUCN Motion on Ecotourism


Ron Mader I'll comment on your blog, but this motion left me wondering where it came from and why it focused so much on ecotourism certification. How was the motion developed? I found it difficult to see the process of creation and was left wanting when there was no live video from the IUCN Congress regarding the motion. Was there debate and discussion?http://planeta.wikispaces.com/iucn2016


Focus Session V Hampton 1|2|3 (3rd floor) Session Format: Panel Discussion 10936+10858 • Huika`i `Ōlelo o Hawai`i: Lessons from the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress / Melia Lane-Kamahele & Nora Mitchell, co-chairs Hawai’i Holds Many Lessons for the World / Melia Lane-Kamahele, Manager, Pacific Islands Office, US National Park Service Brief Perspective on the WCC, the Ever-evolving Global Conservation Agenda, and Protected Area Governance / Brent Mitchell, Specialist Group on Privately Protected Areas and Nature Stewardship, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas The Promise of WCC Hawai`i / Frank Hawkins, IUCN Connecting Nature-Culture for More Effective Conservation / Tim Badman, IUCN World Heritage Programme Connecting Nature-Culture for More Effective Conservation / Andrew Potts, US/ICOMOS