Zimbabwe represented at IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea – 6 to 15TH September

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries around the world.   Every four years the international IUCN World Conservation Congress is held, the world’s largest and most important conservation event.


The 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress kicked off on the 6th September in Jeju Island, South Korea bringing together 8000+ delegates from around the globe.  Leaders representing governments, NGO’s, science, conservation, business and communities will spending the next 10 days discussing, debating and passing resolutions to address our earth’s most critical environment and development issues with the aim of improving how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development.


The IUCN 2012 Congress theme is Nature+, a simple slogan that encapsulates the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of our lives and will look at key elements intrinsically linked to nature, climate, food, development, people and governance and life.


Environment Africa’s CEO, Charlene Hewat is Chairperson of the IUCN Zimbabwe National Committee and the delegation representing Zimbabwe flew out of Harare to South Korea last week. “This is the third IUCN congress I will be attending and it is my hope that we will further build and strengthen relations with organisations that can benefit conservation and communities in Southern Africa” said Ms Hewat.  She said that key areas of attention for Southern Africa will be wildlife conservation with special focus on Rhino Conservation and threatened species, biodiversity and ecosystems, and conservation and community issues around climate, food, water, and development.


Effective conservation cannot be accomplished by conservationists alone and a motion submitted by Environment Africa with support from several other IUCN members is: to advocate for PPCPs, Private, Public, Community Partnerships, a concept envisioned by Environment Africa some years ago.  Ms Hewat has worked in conservation and community development for over 20 years and she firmly believes that in order to achieve long term sustainability we have to include the ‘C’ into the PPP’s, to make it PPCP’s – Private, Public, Community Partnership’s; only then will we achieve true sustainable development.  PPCP’s are incorporated in Environment Africa’s work and it is hoped that this motion will be adopted at the IUCN World Congress.


Our planet is changing rapidly and what we do today will shape the future, so lets build a future where we can live in harmony with nature.





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