In September, the Global Conservation Fund celebrated its 10th Anniversary at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea. Founded in 2001 with a generous donation from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, GCF has been working to create and expand protected areas around the world while also ensuring their long-term financial sustainability.
We were delighted to welcome four keynote speakers, each of whom shared accounts of GCF's unique contribution toward a more sustainable development path for the planet. Naoko Ishi, CEO and chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF); Pavan Sukhdev, founder-CEO of GIST Advisory; Russ Mittermeier, president of Conservation International; and H.E. Bharrat Jagdeo, former president of Guyana all made wonderful statements about the urgency of protecting the planet’s critical natural capital and the necessity of ensuring financial sustainability for that protection. Jennifer Morris, executive vice president of Conservation International, was the master of ceremonies, and food and drink were enjoyed by more than 200 attendees. Guests at the event were also treated to the premiere of a new short film celebrating GCF’s history and some of our key accomplishments over the first 10 years.
Our thanks to all of you who attended, and we look forward to seeing you at GCF's 20th Anniversary event!