MedINA to participate in the IUCN World Conservation Congress

MedINA to participate in the IUCN World Conservation Congress

The IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC), the world’s largest conservation event, will take place in the Hawaiian capital, Honolulu, from 1 to 10 September 2016. Held every four years, the WCC  brings together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organisations, businesses, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to the world’s most pressing environment and development challenges.

As the role of culture, human development and traditional knowledge gain momentum among the conservation community, MedINA and specifically its project manager, Alexis Katsaros, will participate in the WCC and will be involved in a number of activities with the ultimate objective of raising awareness on the crucial role of cultural responses to contemporary major environmental challenges. As a member of the Mediterranean Consortium for Nature and Culture, MedINA will participate in one Knowledge Café and one workshop and will assist in the organisation of the “On the Move” exhibition, a photographic journey through the lives and challenges faced by transhumant and nomadic pastoralists in the Mediterranean.  Also, MedINA will participate in a Knowledge Café on Spirituality and Conservation and will present its contribution to the integrated management of nature and culture in Mount Athos. For more specific information on the sessions and activities in which MedINA will participate, please see below.

The WCC will gather over 6000 participants, which includes delegates from its almost 1,300 member organisations and governments as well as many other delegates and dignitaries from across the globe. The theme of this year’s Congress, ‘Planet at the crossroads’, emphasises that nature conservation and human progress are not a zero-sum game, and that credible and accessible choices exist that can promote general welfare while supporting and enhancing our planet’s natural assets.

List of sessions and activities in which MedINA will participate during the IUCN Congress.

Workshop – #WCC_9645
Challenges and Opportunities for Biocultural Conservation with Communities of Mediterranean Islands and Coasts.
3rd Sep 2016, Room 317B, 14:30 – 16:30

Knowledge Café (#WCC_9803)
Spirituality and Conservation: from Inspiration to Action
4th Sep 2016, Room 311-5, 08:30 – 10:30

Knowledge Café (#WCC_10390)
“On the Move”: Mobile Pastoralism in the Mediterranean – Retro-innovation for a sustainable future.
5th Sep 2016, Room 311-11, 17:00 – 19:00

Art Gallery (#WCC_15534)
On the Move photography exhibition
Permanent throughout the WCC in the Exhibit Hall KAMEHAMEHA