The World Conservation Congress, held every four years by the IRP Strategic Partner International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), brings together leaders and decision-makers from around the world to help "conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges."

This year, the Cogress will take place from 3 to 11 September 2021 in Marseille, and will be held in a hybrid format with over 1300 virtual and in-person sessions. It will focus on 7 key themes. managing landscapes; conserving freshwater; restoring ocean health; accelerating climate change mitigation and adaptation; upholding rights and ensuring equitable governance; leveraging economic and financial systems for sustainability; and advancing knowledge, learning, innovation, and technology.  

The International Resource Panel (IRP) experts will speak at the following sessions:

  • Unlocking a Nature-based Recovery: how to rebuild after the pandemic (link)

    Date: September 4, 16:00 – 17:30 CEST

    IRP speaker: Co-Chair Izabella Teixeira 

  • The transition to sustainable agriculture: for people, food and nature (link)

    Date: September 5, 11:00 – 12:30 CEST

    IRP speaker: Co-Chair Janez Potocnik

  • Restoring the fabric of nature and humanity – peace, conflict and environment in a post-Covid world (link)

    Date: September 7, 9:00-10:30 CEST

    IRP speaker: Panel member Saleem Ali

Co-Chair Janez Potocnik's speech at the IUCN Congress 2021