The state of Hawaii is hosting the largest conservation event in the world!
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress began on September 1, 2016 and is convened under the theme: “Planet at the Crossroads”.
The Congress which is held every four years brings together thousands of leaders and decision-makers from governments, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, businesses, UN agencies and indigenous organizations, to discuss and create solutions for challenges with biodiversity and conservation.
The IUCN, created in 1948, has previously helped to set the international agenda on everything from ecotourism and climate change to protecting indigenous rights and endangered species.
This year, the State Department will be showcasing the Administration’s accomplishments on a range of international environmental issues, including climate, oceans and wildlife trafficking.
The United States will work to build support for the increasing protection of species, and to address urgent ocean issues within the topics of marine protected areas (MPAs), sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related ocean impacts such as ocean acidification.
This is the first time the US is hosting this important meeting of world leaders and it ends September 10, 2016.