WLCF뉴스주최 및 후원연락처


- 안건 - Leaders' Dialogues
Leaders' Dialogues
Rising demands for food, water, energy and other natural resources are straining the ability of natural ecosystems to produce what people need. Climate change has become a reality more and more communities have to live with, and soon, the first waves of climate refugees will be obliged to flee their homes, lands or countries because of rising sea levels.

Before even talking about a sustainable future, it seems evident that we need to achieve a more sustainable present, as the health of our natural environment is vitally important for our economies and our wellbeing. This sub-theme will explore the latest concepts and incentives available to ensure the exploitation of natural resources does not overcome the capacity of ecosystems to provide them. The role of conservation finance will be analysed, as well as other economy-related conservation concepts like the natural capital approach. At the same time, this sub-theme will also discuss how the rights of local and indigenous communities can be preserved, through tools like the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, for example.
Many of the issues to be dealt with to ensure a sustainable future go beyond national boundaries. The conservation of large ecosystems, the effective protection of large mammals or of migrating birds, or the reduction of greenhouse gases concentrations in the atmosphere will only have a symbolic impact if they are limited to national jurisdictions. Other matters, like the protection of high seas, are, de facto, beyond national jurisdictions. To be fully effective, a wide array of conservation efforts need international cooperation. In turn, conservation can provide a neutral space for peace. Transboundary protected areas are only one example of this, and with conflicts over natural resources becoming potentially more frequent, conservation can increasingly play a role in peace-building and peace-keeping.

This sub-theme will explore the interlinkages between conservation and peace, through and beyond borders. It will analyse the role of conservation to prevent conflicts, the need for international cooperation to tackle specific issues like wildlife trafficking, water management or climate change, and will show concrete example of how transboundary cooperation through peace parks, for example, have allowed countries to work together for a sustainable future.
Finally, talking about the future would not make much sense if the generations who will have to live in and develop this future further are not involved. The WLCF2018 represents a unique opportunity to involve, support, empower and engage with next generations as the international community is expressing an ever-growing interest on youth, recognising them as important stakeholders and actors in the creation of a better future for our planet and making their engagement a priority to address current and future challenges. Taking stock of the past is only useful if we can build on the lessons learnt to define an agenda for the years to come.

A special session (high-level dialogue) will close the WLCF by showcasing inspiring stories of outstanding individuals from different generations, geographical regions and sectors who are making a difference for biological and cultural diversity, people and sustainable development and who are acting as powerful drivers to facilitate connection and appreciation of nature and to empower the next generations of conservation leaders. The session will explore the importance of empowerment and meaningful engagement of emerging conservation and community leaders, and will discuss how we can work together in an intergenerational partnership to overcome environmental challenges, accelerate change and maximise conservation impact. The session will culminate in a hand-over ceremony between former Directors General of IUCN and young professionals, symbolising the continuity of the conservation movement through generations, on the occasion of IUCN’s 70th anniversary.

World Leaders Conservation Forum 2017 사무실 대한민국 서울특별시 서초구 방배길 162 (예광빌딩 3층)/ master@wlcf.kr/ T : +82-2-3475-2658 / F : +82-2-3475-2656
ⓒ World Leaders Conservation Forum 2017 All Rights Reserved