IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille

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The next World Conservation Congress will take place in Marseille from 7 to 17 January 2021.

UPDATED ON APRIL 15, 2020: In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IUCN and the Government of France have decided to postpone the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 in Marseille to 7-15 January 2021 from its original date of 11-19 June.

Finding solutions to the most urgent global problems in the field of nature protection and sustainable development: such is the ambition of the World Conservation Congress organised from 7 to 15 January 2021 in Marseille by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition. 

Consisting of a forum, an exhibition and social events, the Congress will host a number of scientists and international experts who will present the innovative solutions implemented at local and global level by sustainable development actors. The forum will be made up of various debates, training and capacity building sessions. The themes of the congress will be extensive: management of landscapes, territories and climate change, conservation of fresh water, restoration of the oceans and the promotion of a more effective and fair governance.

The exhibition, open from January 11, will be open to Congress participants and the general public, so that everyone can present their research, innovations and other work to a wide audience.   

For the first time, the general public will have a privileged space at the Congress, which will be free of charge and will not require registration. Some areas (Nature Generation and the Pavillon France between 10am and 5:30pm) and the outdoor exhibition will also be accessible free of charge. Workshops, screenings, games and activities will be offered to all participants.  

However, registration is mandatory to participate in the work of the Congress in the Forum section (discussions, conferences, round tables, etc.) where many IUCN scientists and international experts will be attending. 

Several Interreg MED projects including Biodiversity Protection and MPA Networks will be involved in the organisation of several sessions and will thus have the opportunity to represent the Programme.

For further information and registration please visit IUCN website.