An environmental democracy: the Regional Conservation Forum

08 July 2011 | Article

IUCN is a membership-based organisation and its Members form the highest decision-making body at the World Conservation Congress every four years.

During this Congress’ General Assembly of Members, the representatives of the Council for the coming term are elected, the programme of work for the subsequent quadrennial period is discussed and approved and the associated financial plan is endorsed. As part of this process, IUCN Members suggest motions which are then translated into resolutions or recommendations which shape the Union’s work for the next intersessional period (before the following Congress). Some of these resolutions and recommendations in past meetings have resulted in significant global decisions. The next World Conservation Congress will take place in September 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea.

In 2011, Regional Fora will take place in all IUCN Regions to gather regional input into the Global Programme. The European Region is comprised of two IUCN Statutory Regions: West Europe and East Europe, North and Central Asia. The two Regions will be represented at the European Regional Conservation Forum 2011 in Bonn, Germany.

More information on IUCN Congresses can be found here.

Objectives of the European Regional Conservation Forum 2011

  • Obtain and integrate input from Members into the IUCN Draft Programme 2013-2016 that will be submitted for approval at the next World Conservation Congress;
  • Promote the involvement of Members and members of Commissions in the implementation of the IUCN Programme at the global, regional, national and sub-national levels;
  • Provide a platform for discussion of the elections of Regional Councillors. Three Councillors will be elected at the World Conservation Congress to represent each of the two European Statutory Regions;
  • Discuss IUCN governance issues, including how to nominate candidates for election;
  • Collect input from Members and members of Commissions for the European component programme of the IUCN Draft Programme 2013-2016, and for Members to identify their competency to contribute to the IUCN Programme’s delivery;
  • Discuss the reform of the motions process and streamlining of the motions proposed by European Members, to be submitted to the World Conservation Congress 2012;
  • Improve communication and collaboration between the IUCN Regional Office for Europe, the European Vice-Chairs of the Commissions, IUCN Members in Europe, and IUCN National Committees of Members in Europe;
  • Collect lessons learned and success stories of nature conservation in Europe.