The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, held every four years, will take place in Hawaii (United States) from September 1-10.
The IUCN has established that more than a quarter of species are in danger of extinction, including 42% of amphibians, 34% of conifers, 33% of corals, 31% of sharks and rays, 26% of mammals and 13% of birds. Thousands of scientists, academics, and business and political leaders from all over the world will present the latest tools and measures available to protect nature. They will discuss ways to reconcile nature conservation with human progress, in the belief that nature offers an array of solutions to address global environmental and climate challenges. Ambitious actions must be undertaken by 2020. More than 1,500 events will be held on the protection of the oceans, the fight against wildlife trafficking, biodiversity, the mitigation of the effects of climate disruption, as well as the transition toward more sustainable development.
France and the IUCN have been linked since 2005 through a partnership agreement, which brings together, on the French side, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Overseas France as well as the French Development Agency. Innovative financing for biodiversity, the governance of protected areas, European overseas territories, islands and oceans are central to the 2013-2016 partnership