Outcomes of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 – what do they mean for Europe?

IUCN and the Slovakian Presidency of the Council of the EU are on Monday the 7th of November hosting the event entitled “Outcomes of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 – what do they mean for Europe?”Our planet is at a crossroads – the decisions we make today will set us down a path that will define humanity’s opportunities and the boundaries of those opportunities for generations to come. To discuss and agree on the way forward, over 10,000 leaders from government, civil society, indigenous communities, faith and spiritual traditions, the private sector, and academia gathered at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 in Hawai’i, from the 1st to the 10th of September, 2016.

How can the EU benefit from this momentum to examine nature -based, life -affirming solutions and the roles of governments, civil society and the private sector in the development and delivery of the outcomes of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016?

Monday 7 November 2016, 16:30 to 18:30

@Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU, Avenue de Cortenbergh 107, Brussels Belgium


  • Welcome by Norbert Kurilla, State Secretary, Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic, current EU Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
  • Panel debate:
    • Inger Andersen, Director General IUCN (setting the scene: presenting the highlights and key outcomes of the World Conservation Congress and next steps for global action).
    • Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
    • Pavel Poc, Member of the European Parliament (S&D/Czechia), Chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development.
    • Angelo Caserta, Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Birdlife Europe.
    • Dr Hilde Eggermont, European Regional IUCN Councilor.
  • Questions & Answers:
  • Discussion with the audience
  • Luc Bas, Director, IUCN European Regional Office – Moderator and Conclusions

The main goal of this event in Brussels is to inform IUCN Members, partners and EU decision makers, and Members of the European Parliament about the key outcomes of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 and to discuss how they can support environmental policy and action in Europe. Resolutions from this Congress such as those on “IUCN Biodiversity Offsets Policy”; “Defining Nature-based Solutions”, “Reinforcement of the principle of no-regression”; or “Natural Capital” can be of support for current relevant EU debates. This event is also an opportunity to indicate how these outcomes feed into the upcoming Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties in Cancún, Mexico, the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and the EU Biodiversity Strategy.

Due to limited seating, please REGISTER HERE by Friday, 4 November 2016
For any questions contact:

Bianca Vergnaud, IUCN Communications Assistant

Email:bianca.vergnaud@iucn.org T:+32 2739 0101

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