IUCN World Conservation Congress

The 2020 IUCN World Conservation Congress was (slightly confusingly) held in September 2021 due to the pandemic, and was a mix of in-person and virtual participation. Sadly I wasn’t able to go, so missed out on what sounded like an exciting conference, the chance to catch up with many colleagues and friends after a long break, and the wonderful city of Marseilles.

Quite belatedly, I am posting here links to some of my presentations/contributions to the congress. We also had some posters, and excellent presentations from others in the Red List of Ecosystems team.

I gave a presentations in the Opening Plenary: Standards and applications – knowledge guiding policy and practice?. This session presented progress, application and future directions for IUCN’s knowledge products, including the Red List of Threatened Species, World Database on Protected Areas and Key Biodiversity Areas; I presented on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, on behalf of our team of researchers and practitioners.

My second presentation was in a session on Science-based targets for Ecosystems in the post-2020 framework for Biodiversity. Here I outlined the need for a clear goal for ecosystems in the post-2020 framework, how targets can contribute to the goal, and indicators to measure it. The presentation was largely based on our recent paper on the topic (see our blog post and the paper).

Finally, we developed a short, 10-minute documentary on the Red List of Ecosystems, as a showcase for our progress over the last decade. It was shown at various sessions at the Congress, including the Reverse the Red pavilion. I hope you enjoy it!


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