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2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress
Planet at the Crossroads

1-10 September 2016 | Honolulu, US

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Participants gather for the third day of the IUCN World Conservation Congress


On Saturday, participants attended the second day of the Forum, during which they continued to explore solutions to some of the planet’s most pressing conservation and sustainability challenges. High-level events convened on empowering next generations, with panelists sharing new approaches to conservation of nature and integrated approaches to empowerment. In another high-level event, panelists addressed ending wildlife trafficking with perspectives from government as well as solutions from the private sector, civil society NGOs and CITES.

Throughout the day, participants explored: achieving the conservation imperative for sustainable development; engaging Pacific youth as future environmental and cultural leaders; making pledges towards achieving the Bonn Challenge; incorporating climate adaptation into agency-level planning in the Pacific islands region; and the importance of gender equality for SDG implementation and conservation projects.

In other events, panelists discussed: Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA); the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP); effective Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EBA); new Bonn Challenge pledges; and solutions for a crowded planet in global commons.

During the Heritage Heroes awards, Bibhuti Lahkar was announced as the winner for presented his work on the Manas Tiger Reserve and his efforts in the area of capacity building for local youth, NGOs, and ex-poachers.

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Bonn Challenege High-Level Dialogue 1: Restoration Leadership in Action


Panel speakers during the session


Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Zhang Xinsheng, President, IUCN

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany


José Pedro de Oliveira Costa, Secretary of Biodiversity and Forests, Ministry of Environment, Brazil

Sydney Alexander Samuels Milson,
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Guatemala



Listen to Young Voices: Engaging Pacific Youth as Future Environmental and
Cultural Leaders and Communicators through Creative Expression


Panel speakers during the session



Takiora Ingram, Pacific Writers' Connection

Robert Pennybacker, PBS HIKI NŌ, and
Hoku Subiono, HIKI NŌ graduate


Joni Mae Makuakāne-Jarrell, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Craig Santos Perez, English Department, University of Hawai‘i

Kenneth Makuakāne, Musician


Making Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Effective: Evidence from the Field to Improve Policy and Practice


Participants during the workshop


Ali Raza Rizvi, IUCN

Shaun Martin, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)


Adam Whelchel, The Nature Conservancy

Marta Perez de Madrid, IUCN

Xiaoting Jones, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)


Participants engage in small group discussions


The SDGs Journey: Achieving the Conservation Imperative for Sustainable Development

L-R: Hugh Possingham, University of Queensland; Xavier Sticker, Ambassador for the Environment for France; Charles Barber, World Resources Institute (WRI); James Watson, Wildlife Conservation Society; Jeffrey Sachs, The Earth Institute; Celeste Conners, Hawai‘i Green Growth; and Nestor Batio Bassiere, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Green Economy, Burkina Faso


Celeste Conners, Hawai‘i Green Growth

James Watson, Wildlife Conservation Society


Presentations made during the session


Charles Barber, WRI

Nestor Batio Bassiere, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Green Economy, Burkina Faso

Leah Silverman graphically records the discussions

Participants during the session


Conservation 2.0: Empowering Next Generations


Participants gather for the high-level session


Inger Andersen, Director General, IUCN

Paul Rose, National Geographic Society, and
Alison Sudol, Goodwill Ambassador, IUCN


Justin Bogardus, Independent Filmmaker

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Association
for Indigenous Women and Peoples
of Chad (AFPAT)

Bruno Monteferri, Founder and Director, Conservamos por Naturaleza



Jonathan Jarvis, Director,
National Parks Service

Anne Walton, International Marine Protected Area Management Capacity Building Program

Rick Bates, CEO, Canadian
Wildlife Federation (CWF)


Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace


Everybody's Business: Ending Wildlife Trafficking


Panel speakers during the session


Patricia Zurita, CEO, BirdLife International

Cristián Samper, President and CEO, Wildlife Conservation Society


Jesca Eriyo, Deputy Secretary General,
East African Community

Marco Lambertini, Director
General, WWF International

Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Director General, Forest Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar


Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary for Economic Growth,
Energy, and the Environment, US

John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES

Incorporating Climate Adaptation into Agency-Level Planning in the Pacific Islands Region


Christin Reynolds, Hawaiʻi Green Growth, addresses participants


Chip Fletcher, University of Hawaiʻi, and Sam Lemmo, State of Hawaiʻi Department
of Land and Natural Resources

Rick Camp, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo,


Zena Grecni, East-West Center

Clay Trauernicht, University of Hawaiʻi


Global Commons - Solutions for a Crowded Planet


Panelists of the event


Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, the GEF

Nebojsa Nakicenovic, International Institute for
Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)


Andrew Steer, President, World Resources Institute (WRI)

Penny Langhammer, IUCN WCPA/SSC Joint Task Force
on Biodiversity and Protected Areas


Aroha Mead, IUCN

The youngest delegate at the 2016 IUCN
World Conservation Congress


Heritage Heroes Awards


Participants gather for the Heritage Heroes Awards


Cyril Kormos, WILD Foundation

Musicians perform at the awards ceremony


Awards are presented to the Heritage Heroes (L-R): Julia Miranda Londoño, WCPA;
Bibhuti Lahkar; Bantu Lukambo; and Yulia Naberezhnaya


Press Conferences Throughout the Day


Press conference on SEIC Agreement (L-R): Giulia Carbone, Panel Chair, IUCN; Doug Nowacek, Duke University; Wendy Elliott, WWF; Deric Quaile, Shell Global Solutions; Azzedine Downes, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW); and Stewart Maginnnis, IUCN.


Press conference on New Bonn Challenge Pledges - Passing the 100 Million Hectares Milestone (L-R): Stewart Maginnis, IUCN; Bianca Jagger, IUCN’s Global Ambassador for the Bonn Challenge, Clement Chilima, Forest Department, Malawi; and Martin Keller, Latin American Alliance of Private Nature Reserves, Guatemala


Event celebrating partners in knowledge: Key Biodiversity Areas Partnership and the Red List Partnership


Around the Venue


L-R: Alison Sudol, Goodwill Ambassador, IUCN; Bruno Monteferri, Founder and Director, Conservamos por Naturaleza; Paul Rose, National Geographic Society; Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace; Rick Bates, CEO, Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF); Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Parks Service; Justin Bogardus, Independent Filmmaker; Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, AFPAT; Anne Walton, International Marine Protected Area Management Capacity Building Program


Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany, shakes hands with Zhang Xinsheng, President, IUCN

Achim Steiner, Director, Oxford Martin School


Participants meet informally throughout the day


L-R: Aida Greenbury, Managing Director, Sustainability at Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) ; Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany; Sydney Alexander Samuels Milson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Guatemala; Marcelo Furtado, Executive Director, Arapyaú Institute; Rosa Lemos de Sá, CEO, Funbio; and José Pedro de Oliveira Costa, Secretary of Biodiversity and Forests, Ministry of Environment, Brazil




Members of civil society demonstrate outside the venue






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