Conservation Community Unites Under the Banner of Nature+

The World Conservation Congress is currently convening in Jeju, South Korea. The theme for this year’s Congress is “Nature+,” and the focus is on how nature can help us meet the challenges facing our global society.

This Congress is centered on five key themes:

  1. Nature+ climate: Nature-based solutions for climate change
  2. Nature+ food: Nature-based solutions to food security
  3. Nature+ development: Nature-based solutions to economic and social development
  4. Nature+ people & governance: Effective and equitable governance of nature’s use
  5. Nature+ life: Valuing and conserving nature

Since our mission at CI is to protect nature for the well-being of humanity, we find it incredibly heartening to see so many people and organizations from around the world coming together around this concept. Effective conservation efforts cannot be achieved by conservationists alone; we will only see large-scale success through partnerships.

CI — along with many partners including governments, U.N. agencies, indigenous peoples, NGOs and businesses — are members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s largest environmental organization. IUCN convenes the World Conservation Congress every four years with the aim to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development. The five themes above reflect IUCN’s priorities over the next four years.

This year’s Congress in Jeju — which runs through September 15th — will bring together over 8,000 participants, including a delegation of CI staff.

Kristen Walker Painemilla is CI’s vice president for social policy and practice.