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09–15 Sep 12

Conference

IUCN World Conservation Congress, Jeju/South Korea

Held every four years, the Congress aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development.

The 2012 World Conservation Congress will be held from 6 to 15 September 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea. Leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and social organizations will discuss, debate and decide solutions for the world’s most pressing environment and development issues.

The Congress starts with a Forum where IUCN members and partners discuss cutting edge ideas, thinking and practice. The Forum leads into the IUCN Members’ Assembly, a unique global environmental parliament of governments and NGOs.

Effective conservation action cannot be achieved by conservationists alone. The 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress is the place to put aside differences and work together to provide the means and mechanisms for good environmental governance, engaging all parts of society to share both responsibilities and the benefits of conservation.

The Congress has two components:

  • a Forum where IUCN members and partners discuss cutting edge ideas, thinking and practice.
  • a Members’ Assembly which is a unique global environmental parliament of governments and NGOs.

Related Resources

Publication

Signals & Signposts – Shell Energy Scenarios to 2050

The study highlights some of the looming stresses facing our planet, such as freshwater shortages and rapid urbanisation. It also considers changes in the economic environment stemming from the global financial crisis.

Related Events

09–15 Sep 12

Workshop

Workshop at the IUCN World Conservation Forum 2012

Related Media Coverage

10 Sep 12

Forbes

Today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, I had the good fortune of chairing a most interesting workshop on addressing resource scarcity. It was organised by Shell. Over the coming two decades, the growth of population and prosperity will significantly increase the global demand for energy, water and food, perhaps beyond planetary boundaries. This is known as the “stress nexus” and how are we to address it? - by Francis Vorhies

Further Reading

04 May 12

The South African Water, Energy and Food forum could not have come at a more opportune time. COP17 has come and gone and with the new year in full swing, many remain doubtful about whether or not all the hype has left us with a successful outcome to the complicated international climate change negotiations process; and about what the outcomes to this process mean for business. — by Aimée Girdwood

26 Mar 13

An interview with Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme, and Ger Berkamp, interim Executive Director, IWA

25 Apr 12

An interview with Margaret Catley-Carlson, Vice Chair, Canadian Water Network and Member of the Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)

NEXUS in the Media

26 Mar 12

WWF

“Water quality and availability underpins both food and energy production, leading us to what is fast becoming recognised as the defining challenge of our generation – the water, energy, food nexus.”

06 Jan 14

The Santa Fee New Mexican

This article focusses on adressing the nexus on a local leven: rainwater harvesting for gardening. The other points out what to focus on and which advantages come with rainwater harvesting

13 Dec 13

The Nation (Pakistan)

A conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, focussed on a number of development related topics in the South Asia region. Among them was connected infrastructure between Pakistan and India to address the water-energy-food-security nexus

07 Jan 14

The Ecologist

A new report, Amazonia Security Agenda by Global Canopy Programme and the Internatinal Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), which is summarized here, points out that continued deforestation of the Amazoinian region will cause the unthinkable: Droughts in the Amazonian region, among many other problems

30 Aug 12

Ecology

Amid dire warnings, there are rays of hope emanating from around the world. People, not governments, who through ingenuity and hands on experience are creating productive farmland from arid land, fuel this hope. A report by Malik Falkenmark and colleagues at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) states there will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the projected population of nine billion people in 2050 if current diet trends continue. Amid warnings of water scarcity limiting food production, and as Oxfam and the United Nations prepare for a possible second global food crisis in five years, another report shows that there is water at the bottom of the well.

Partners

  • IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
  • WEF World Economic Forum
  • WWF World Wide Fund for Nature

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference – in the context of Bonn Perspectives

  • Bonn Perspectives

initiated by

  • BONN
  • BMZ

funded by

  • European Regional Development Fund EFRE
  • NRW Ministerin fr Bundesangelegenheiten, Europa und Medien des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen