The IUCN World Conservation Congress has closed in Marseille, setting the nature conservation programme for the next decade and beyond – Nature 2030: Union in Action
With speakers that included Harrison Ford, there was a strong focus on the biodiversity and climate crises and on the role and rights of indigenous peoples in conservation – action plans for which are reflected in so-called the Marseille Manifesto.
In addition to providing a more inclusive and extended vision, the new Programme defines broad areas of work and sets aspirational targets as well as indicators to measure success. It will help the Union deliver concrete and tangible positive impacts to People, Land, Water, Oceans and Climate using 5 pathways to transformative change: RECOGNISE, RETAIN, RESTORE, RESOURCE and RECONNECT.
Held every four years, the 2021 4-day event was attended by over 34,000 people with an additional 50,000+ views of online sessions and generated over 10,000 news stories in 140 countries – 54 million people were reached per day with #IUCNcongress – evidence of a growing youth interest supported by the Global Youth Summit.