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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

Highlights for Sunday, 4 September 2016

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Statue outside the Hawai‘i Convention Center

On Sunday, participants attended the Forum for the third day, engaging with a variety of conservation issues, including an update on the IUCN’s Red List, managing ecosystems to reduce risks to disasters, managing conflicts between business and civil society over the use of natural resources, discovering the ways in which indigenous values and health indicators are helping management of invasive species, and finding nature-based solutions for sustainable development.

In the afternoon, during a high-level event on actions required for a sustainable ocean, two panels discussed potential ways to address management of oceans, such as legislation, research and monitoring, and combatting pollution and illegal fishing.

Other afternoon events included a launch of guidelines on climate change best practices, the place of the law in the future of conservation, how to manage transboundary ecosystems through experiences in “hydro-diplomacy” and governance of shared waters, and ways of transforming Africa’s development through Chinese investments.

In the evening participants attended events on gender-responsive financing for the global environment and the IUCN Green List that aims to raise the standard for new generation of protected and conserved areas.

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Nature Protects Us: Managing Ecosystems for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)


Participants during the session


Fabiola Monty, IUCN

Camille Buyck, IUCN


Glenn Dolcemascolo, US Office
for Disaster Risk Reduction

Shalini Dhyani, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI)

Ahmed Senhoury, IUCN


Naoya Furuta, IUCN

Simone Sandholz,
UN University

Wolfram Lange, IUCN


Udo Nehren, University of Applied Science Cologne

Karen Sudmeier-Rieux, IUCN


Managing Conflicts Between Businesses and Civil Society Over the Use of Natural Resources


Participants during the session


Giulia Carbone, IUCN

Jennifer Clare Mohamed-Katerere,
IUCN CEESP Steering Committee


Myrna Semaan, Friends of Nature

Kem Lowry, University of Hawai'i

Nigel Crawhall, IUCN


Nature-Based Solutions for Sustainable Development


Panel speakers for the session


Braulio Dias, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary

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

Stewart Maginnis, Global Director, Nature-based Solutions Group, IUCN


Andrew Steer, President, the World Resources Institute (WRI)


Jesca Osuna Eriyo, Deputy Secretary
General, East African Community (EAC)

Paul Mafabi, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda


Panel speakers during the session


Julia Bucknall, Director for Environment
and Natural Resources, the World Bank

Emad Adly, the Arab Office
for Youth and Environment


Paul Trianosky, Chief Conservation Officer, Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Lynda Mansson, Director General,
the MAVA Foundation

Ashok Khosla, Development Alternatives Group


Indigenous peoples’ Cultural Connections to Forests: How Indigenous
Values and Health Indicators are Helping Manage Invasive Species


Participants during the session


Judy Fisher, IUCN

Lori Buchanan, Molokai/Maui Invasive Species Committee, US


Danielle Flakelar, New South Wales Office of
Environment and Heritage, Australia

Desmond Purcell, Gidarjil Development Corporation, Australia


Participants engage in an interactive session


Launch: Climate Change Best Practice Guidelines


The Guidance for Protected Area Managers and Planners Adapting to Climate Change was launched during the event


Leigh Welling, World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)

Kathleen MacKinnon IUCN/WCPA

Jonathan Jarvis, Director,
National Park Service


Actions for a Sustainable Ocean


Inger Andersen, Director General, IUCN, welcomes panelists to the session


Aulani Wilhelm, Founder, Island Water

Kamana‘opono Crabbe, CEO, Office of Hawaiian Affairs


Sylvia Earle, Founder, Mission Blue, and Oceanographer

Kathryn Sullivan, Administrator, National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


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

Sandra Bessudo, Founder,
Fundación Malpelo

Braulio Dias,
CBD Executive Secretary


Anote Tong, Former President of the Republic of Kiribati

Humberto Delgado Rosa, European Commission


Nainoa Thompson, President, Polynesian Voyaging Society



Africa Transforming


Panel speakers of the event


Matt Jones, UN Environment Pogramme (UNEP)-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)

Lori Anna Conzo, International Finance Corporation (IFC)


Helga Rainer, Arcus Foundation

Daudi Sumba, African Wildlife Foundation


Participants asking questions during the event


How Will Chinese Investments Transform Africa’s Development?


Panel speakers of the event


Nan Li, WWF China

Yan Zhang, IUCN China


Jeff Sawyer, Cairns University

Leonard Usongo, IUCN


Leave No One Behind: Conservation, Rights and Sustainable Development


L-R: Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte, The Christensen Fund; Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, Inupiaq people of Alaska, US; Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary-General, Ramsar Convention; John Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment;
Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives Group; Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights
of Indigenous Peoples; and Marco Lambertini, CEO, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International


John Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on
Human Rights and the Environment

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur
on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


Marco Lambertini, CEO, WWF International

Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary-General, Ramsar Convention


Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte, The Christensen Fund

Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, Inupiaq people of Alaska, US


Forests: Today and Tomorrow


US Forest Service employees take part in a chat show style session (L-R): US Forest Service employees John Crockett;
Flint Hughes
; Jeanne Wade-Evans; Fabian Garcia; Nadia Tase; and Heather McMillen


Jeanne Wade-Evans, US Forest Service

John Crockett, US Forest Service


Gender-Responsive Financing for the Global Environment


Panel speakers during the event


Lorena Aguilar, IUCN

Herbert Acquay, the World Bank


Anne Kuriakose, Climate Investment Fund

Amy Fraenkel, CBD

Yoko Watanabe, the GEF


Press Conference: Red List Update


Panel speakers during the session (L-R): Matthew Kier, Laukahi, the Hawaiian Plant Conservation Network; Carlo Rondinini, Sapienza University of Rome; Jane Smart, Global Director, IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group and Director, IUCN's Global Species Programme; and Simon Stuart, Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission


The IUCN Green List - Raising the Standard for New Generation of Protected and Conserved Areas


Masahito Yoshida, IUCN-WCPA

Zhiyun Ouyang, Chinese Academy of Science


Tamar Kvantaliani, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Georgia

Trevor Sandwith, Director, Global Programme on Protected Areas, IUCN


Panelists and Green List protected areas managers


Around the Venue



Kéita Aïda Mbo, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Mali, and Nesto Bassierie, Minister of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change, Burkina Faso, during an interview

Interviews conducted around the venue


Participants meet informally throughout the day



Participants around the venue


Pins showing forests around the world







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