IUCN holds its World Conservation Congress every four years. The next gathering is in Hawaii from 1 to 10 September 2016.
A key part of the Congress, The Forum "is a hub of public debate, bringing together people from all around the world to discuss and develop solutions to the world’s most pressing conservation and sustainability challenges". During a packed schedule of workshops, knowledge cafes, side events and the like, there will be many sessions relevant to monitoring biodiversity, but look out for the 11 members of the Species Monitoring Specialist Group who are attending (Ariadne Angulo, Alessandro Badalotti, Phil Bishop, Tom Brooks, Ian Burfield, Jon Hutton, Yong-Shik Kim, Barney Long, Eugenie Regan, Rich Young and PJ Stephenson).
Here is a sample of some of the sessions members of the Group are actively involved with:
2 September 2016, 11:00 - 13:00: #WCC_9665 Applications of biodiversity data: a private sector approach. Room 318B. Eugenie Regan is organizing this workshop.
2 September 14:30-19:00: #WCC_9625 The elements needed to develop and implement flagship species recovery, the tigers tale. Room 309. Alessandro Badalotti and PJ Stephenson will be running a session on the monitoring of tiger projects. Barney Long will also be assisting with this Campus.
2 September 2016 19:30 - 21:00: #WCC_15472 Measuring Progress and Challenges to Conservation. Room: 316C. Jon Hutton and Tom Brooks will be speaking at this Social Event on the NatureServe biodiversity dashboard.
3 September 2016 08:30 - 10:30: #WCC_10379 Managing protected areas to conserve freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem services. Room: 311-10. Tom Brooks will be participating in this Knowledge Café.
3 September 2016, 14:30 - 16:30: #WCC_9657 Solutions for the Amphibians: come brainstorm with us! Room 316C. Phil Bishop and Ariadne Angulo are organizing this workshop.
3 Sept 14:30-16:30: #WCC_10362 Inspiring action to build support for multi-purpose biodiversity indicators at the national level. Room 311-7. PJ Stephenson will be facilitating this Knowledge Café organized by the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership.
3 Sept 14:30-16:30: #WCC_10298 A Green List for Species and Ecosystems: Progress and Next Steps. Room 316A. Barney Long is a speaker at this workshop.
4 September 2016, 14:30 - 16:30: #WCC_10232 The journey towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): monitoring implementation through the lens of biodiversity conservation. Room 319A. Tom Brooks will be a presenter at this workshop.
5 Sept 08:30 - 19:00: #WCC_10202 Driving up standards of endangered species recovery programmes. Room 309. Richard Young is organizing this Conservation Campus, with Barney Long co-chairing a section on donor perspectives and PJ Stephenson co-chairing the section relating to the standards and approaches used for planning and monitoring.
5 September 2016, 12:00 - 12:30: #WCC_12461 Greater than the sum of its parts: Can the Asian Species Action Partnership leverage support for Critically Endangered Species? Species Conservation Pavilion. Barney Long will speak at this Pavilion Event.
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