Highlights and images for 5 September 2016

United States of America


On Monday, participants attended the final day of the Forum, with events during the morning focusing on: ways to strengthen IUCN’s role in saving the world’s primary forests through Resolution 060; the role of World Heritage Sites in biodiversity conservation and serving as areas for ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (DRR); and ways of securing global action on peatlands.
In the afternoon, during a high-level event on spirituality and conservation, a panel of spiritual leaders convened to share the common belief that spirituality is at the heart of conservation, as well as share their diverse experiences. Moderator Ranney closed the session by announcing that IUCN will continue to carry forward the dialogue of connecting spirituality and conservation. Other events included a “shout out” for species conservation action and developing a new legal framework to live in harmony with nature.
In the evening, participants attended an event on conservation finance, which highlighted lessons from the field, and a State of Hawaiʻi's Interagency Climate Adaptation Committee event focusing on their climate change adaptation initiative.

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Strengthening the Role of IUCN in Saving the World’s Primary Forests: Implementation of Resolution 060

Panel speakers during the session

Brendan Mackey, Griffith University, Australia

Stewart Maginnis, Nature-Based Solutions Group, IUCN

Jean Thomas, Tenkile Conservation Alliance (TCA)

Yunus Yumte, The Samdhana Institute, Indonesia

Cyril Kormos, The Wild Foundation

Jim Thomas, TCA

Jim Thomas presented a short video on their efforts to help conserve tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea

John Robinson, Wildlife Conservation Society

Leonard Usongo, IUCN Cameroon

Jeff Sayer, James Cook University

Betsy Herbert, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Small group discussions

World Heritage Sites for Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Based - Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Patrick McKeever, UN Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Radhika Murti, IUCN

Shirish Ravan, the UN Platform for Space-based information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), Beijing

Vinod Mathur, Director,
Wildlife Institute of India

Sha Chen, National Disaster
Reduction Center of China

Participants play an interactive game to understand the decision-making challenges behind DRR

Building the Climate Resilience of US Landscapes - Highlights and Lessons
Learned from the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative

Neil Hannahs (right), Kamehameha Schools, moderates the session

Erin Sexton, University of Montana

Liz Berger, Pacific Southwest Region, US Forest Service

Participants during the presentations

Supporting Protected Area Designation and Management through Identifying the
Most Important Sites for Biodiversity: Launch of the Key Biodiversity Areas

Participants during the session

Simon Stuart, Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission

Stephen Woodley, IUCN-WCPA

Jessica Boucher, University of Edinburgh

Penny Langhammer, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes,
Arizona State University

Moreno Di Marco, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland

The Role of Business in Developing Resilient, Green and Inclusive Agricultural Growth Corridors in Africa

Panel speakers

Stephanie O’Donnell, Flora and
Fauna International (FFI)

Julie Reneau, Nestle Nespresso

Andrea Athanas, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)

Media recording the event

Frineia Rezende, Votorantim Industrial

Milagre Nuvunga, Executive Director, MICAIA Foundation

Ademola Ajagbe, BirdLife Africa

Omer van Renterghem,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

Jesca Eriyo Osuna, East African Community (EAC)

Saadia Owusu-Amofah, IUCN Ghana

Natural Capital Approaches: Identifying Common Ground and Fracture Points

Participants during the session

Penelope Figgis, IUCN-WCPA

Dani Rivera, the Center for Amazonian Indigenous Development (CEIDA), Peru

Catie Burlando, IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy

Helen Crowley, Kering

Neville Ash, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Leah Silverman creates a graphic recording of the discussions

Participants discuss questions in breakout groups

Securing Global Action on Peatlands

Stewart Brooks, Chair, UK National Committee, IUCN

Jonathan Hughes, Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust

Participants during the event

The Challenges and Successes of Marine Species Conservation

Participants during the session

Julia Lawson, IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Marine Conservation Ecologist

Ken Carpenter, IUCN

Mark Stanley Price, Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Sub-Committee for Species Conservation Planning

Connections: Spirituality and Conservation

Pualani Kanakaʻole Kanahele, Hawaiian Spiritual Leader, presented a traditional Hawaiian blessing to open the session

Father Robert Stark, Hawai’i

Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General

Panelists for the event

Reverend Peter Harris, Anglican Minister, Co-founder and President, A Rocha

Rabbi Sergio Bergman, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina

Father Robert Agres, Hawai‘i

Sally Ranney, President, American Renewable Energy Institute, Co-founder, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, International

Masami Saionji, Byakko Shinko Kai, the World Peace Prayer Society, and the Goi Peace Foundation

Imam Muhammad Sirajuddin Syamsuddin,
State Islamic University, Jakarta

Pualani Kanakaʻole Kanahele, Hawaiian Spiritual Leader

Biodiversity Offsets: What are They and What Do They Mean to Different Stakeholders?

Thomas Lovejoy, United Nations Foundation

Robin Mitchell, The Biodiversity Consultancy

Participants discuss matters in breakout groups

The Role of Nature Conservation in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Panelists for the event

Ruud Jansen, Executive Secretary, Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa

Charles Ian McNeill, UN Development Programme (UNDP)

Participants during the event

Yes We Can - A Shout Out for Species Conservation

Speaker group photo at the end of the event

Conservation Finance: Lessons from the Field

Melissa Moye, Senior Director, Conservation Finance, WWF, US

Fabian Huwyler, Vice President, Sustainability Affairs, Credit Suisse

Renaud Lapeyre, Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI)

Raphaël Billé, Project Coordinator, RESCCUE

Participants during Fabian Huwyler’s presentation

Press Conference: Ocean Warming Report

L-R: Inger Andersen, Director General, IUCN; Carl Gustaf Lundin, Global Strategic Partnerships, IUCN; Dan Lafolley, Marine Science and Conservation, IUCN-WCPA; John Baxter, Chief Editor, Aquatic Conservation, Wiley; Chip Cunliffe, Director, Environmental Science Programmes and Education, XL Catlin

Around the Venue

Participants attend the closing reception of the Forum

Participants around the venue

Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service, speaks with a participant

Participants in the exhibition area

Plastic and other materials found in the stomach contents of an albatross

Exhibitions on display