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ICIMOD in IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016




Hawaiʻs Convention Center, Honolulu

Date & Time

01 September 2016 to 10 September 2016

Nakul Chettri

Created in 1948, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), an international organisation dedicated to finding ‘pragmatic solutions to the most pressing environment and development challenges’. IUCN is a membership union uniquely comprising both government and civil society organisations and provides the knowledge and tools enabling human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Held once every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together several thousand leaders and decision makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges. The congress aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development, but this cannot be achieved by conservationists alone. The IUCN Congress is the place to put aside differences and work together to create good environmental governance, engaging all parts of society to share both the responsibilities and the benefits of conservation.

The next congress is scheduled 1-10 September 2016 in the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. It is being hosted by the state of Hawaii with the support of the United States Department of State.

A congress with two components

The forum is a hub of public debate, bringing together people from all walks of life to discuss the world’s most pressing conservation and sustainability challenges. It includes many different types of events from high level dialogue to training workshops, poster presentations and informal discussions which explore the depths of conservation and innovation.

The Members’ Assembly is IUCN’s highest decision-making body. A unique global environmental parliament, it involves governments and NGOs – large and small, national and international – making joint decisions on conservation and sustainability.

ICIMOD is a member of the IUCN and have been active in contributing toward the IUCN goals and objectives through its various conservation and developmental activities. As a member, ICIMOD will participate in the congress with a wide range of activities including contribution toward setting global strategies and a new organisation of the union by its using voting rights. The glimpse of some key events are listed below:

Sl No Event Date/time/venue Remarks
1 WCC opening ceremony 1st September


Neal S. Blaisdell Center

2 WCC reception 1st September


Roof top garden

3 Protected planet pavilion event on cultural, spiritual and sacred importance of nature in conservation.
2 September

12:00 to 13:00,

Protected Planet Pavilion

Participation and facilitation on group work
4 All land, all seas — conserving the functional ecology of nature. Why ecological connectivity conservation matters.

2 September 2016

14:30 – 15:30

Protected Planet Pavilion

Oral presentation from Bhutan – KLCDI to be included
5 Launching the Draft IUCN ACC Guidelines 2 September 2016

14:30 – 15:30

Protected Planet Pavilion

6 Nature based response: Reclamation and resilience in the context of climate change, disaster (earthquake) & migration. Ground lessons from Nepal.

2 September 2016

13:00 – 13:30

Poster presentation by Nepal National Committee
7 Linking science-policy and implementation of landscape connectivity in achieving the SDGs

3 September 2016

08:30 – 10:30

Room 311-11

Participation and cross learning
8 Learning landscapes to secure nature’s mountain water towers: The Mountain Institute

3 September 2016

11:00 – 12:00

Room: Water Pavilion

Participation and cross learning
9 Book launch: Asian sacred natural sites: Philosophy and practice in protected areas and conservation
3 September,

13:15 – 14:15,

Room 318A,

Participation and support
10 Best practices in human-wildlife mitigation 3 September


Room 317A

Participation and cross learning
11 Synergy between biodiversity conservation, rural livelihood and ecosystem services provision: A case  study from a Himalayan village in Nepal


Revised Title: Understanding social–ecological interdependency through ecosystem service perspective in a rural village of eastern Nepal.

3 September


Poster presentation by Bird Conservation Nepal, Nava-Pravat and ICIMOD on Himalica action research
12 Wildlife corridor designation Policy: Area of connectivity conservation 4 September 2016

10:00 – 10:30

13 Biodiversity conservation, community livelihoods and decentralized management of PAs in India

4 September 2016

17:00 – 19:00

Room 311-5

Organized and facilitate
14 Transboundary conservation areas cooperation: Successful case studies from North America, North Eurasia and Southern Africa

4 September 2016

17:00 – 19:00

Room 312

Participation and cross learning
15 Launch of the new IUCN Draft Guidelines for Areas of Connectivity Conservation (ACCs). 4 September 2016

10:00 – 10:30

16 Mountain Protected Areas: Leadership for adapting to a Changing World

4th September


Joint event with ICIMOD with oral presentation and discussion
17 CEM and UNDP – Partnership building event 4th September


Community Kauhale  Oiwi (Room 314)

Participation as commission member
18 Cultural and spiritual significance of nature in the management and governance of protected areas and world heritage sites

5th September

8:30 to 10:30

Room 315

Participation and support for book launch.
19 Landscape conservation cooperatives in action

6th September

17:30 to 18:30

Room United States Pavilion

Participation and cross learning
Members Assembly
1 Voting on 90+ Motions 3-17 August Participation
2 WCPA members meeting 1 September

13:30 -17:30

Room 316 B

Participation as commission member
3 CEM steering committee meeting 4 September 2016

14:30 – 15:30

Participation as commission member
4 IUCN Asia Regional Committee

5 September

19:30- 21:30

Room 313B

5 WCPA members meeting and voting 6-10 September 2016 Participation
Yak and Chauri promotion in Nepal

In collaboration with the National Livestock Resource Management and Promotion Office under the Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Agriculture ...

Strengthening transboundary cooperation to manage human–wildlife conflict in the Kangchenjunga Landscape

Human–wildlife conflict (HWC), an issue common to all Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) range countries, is emerging as a global challenge ...