Motions: defining the future of conservation

26 August 2012 | Article

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event, as well as the birthplace of ground-breaking environmental conventions, scientific discoveries and global initiatives. Around 8,000 delegates – including government leaders, NGOs and top professionals from all regions will share their on-the-ground expertise to find solutions to the most critical challenges of our time from 6 to 15 September in Korea.  

The Congress will show how nature can offer society cost-effective and sustainable solutions for the future by tackling current issues under the theme Nature+ during the Forum and during the Assembly.

During the Assembly, IUCN Members will debate and vote Motions which define the Programme of the organization and can modify its structure and functioning. Once approved, Motions become Resolutions and Recommendations – read more on the process.

Of the more than 150 Motions, many are relevant to Europe and will impact its policies, here are some examples:

  • Mining and logging, and land conversion are a major cause of biodiversity loss through habitat loss and degradation. Instead protecting nature ensures natural resources supplies to companies. Are biodiversity offsets schemes a valid tool to reduce companies’ impact on the environment? See Motion 144
  • Forest and landscape restoration can enhance biodiversity, reduce pressure on existing habitats and ensuring greater supply of food, fuel, fibre, improve erosion control and water supply. The 2011 Bonn Challenge on Forests, Climate Change and Biodiversity aims to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020. How to reach this goal? See Motion 78 
  • There are 30+ islands and regions outside the European continent which are linked to some of the EU Member States and which host natural wealth of global significance. They are at risk from climate change and other pressures. Protecting them can provide solutions and strategic opportunities in achieving EU’s global commitments on oceans, coasts and islands. How to ensure integration of global environmental policies with EU policies for the benefit of local people and economies? See Motions 100, 74 and 98.

You can see and comment all Motions by 6 September on the Motion Blog.