September 30th – October 2nd 2015
InterContinental Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

At the end of September 2015, around 300 representatives of governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and local community and indigenous group representatives will come together in Nairobi, Kenya, for IUCN’s Regional Conservation Forum for Eastern and Southern Africa. Together, we will shape the future of conservation in Africa. The Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) will extend over a 3 day period, with the first day open to a wide range of individuals and organizations.

On September 30th, the RCF will start with a one day Open Dialogue around the future of conservation in Africa. Discussions will focus on contemporary values of society and implications for conservation practice and sustainable use today and into the future and come up with the solutions to critical conservation and development issues facing Eastern and Southern Africa.

Spearheaded by IUCN, this Open Dialogue will bring together a wide range of critical thinkers from across the region, draw on cutting edge knowledge, innovative approaches and practices and provide a unique platform to share regional views and experiences and strengthen partnerships for future action. The Open Dialogue will result in recommendations targeting regional and continental policy processes as well as IUCN’s Programme of work in the region for 2016-2020 and the development of motions being put forward to the World Conservation Congress in 2016.

From October 1st to 2nd, representatives of the IUCN Membership and IUCN Commissions will convene to discuss the next IUCN intersessional programme, the IUCN ESARO regional implementation plan as well as prepare for the region’s engagement in the World Conservation Congress, to be held in Hawaii in 2016. 

For more information on the IUCN ESARO Regional Conservation Forum:

To register for the Regional Conservation Forum: Registration Form