Folks from the Hawaii Conservation Alliance and the IUCN WCC will be in town next Thursday, May 4, 12:00 – 1:30 PM at the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry to hold an informational seminar on how people can get involved with the upcoming 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu in September 2016. See below for details:

Held every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress is known as the “Olympics of  Conservation” – the most significant conservation event in the world, will take place at the Hawaii  Convention Center from September 1 – 10th, 2016. This is a tremendous opportunity to share Hawaii’s conservation and sustainability efforts and for our local practitioners to network with international professionals, learn from other models of practice and be inspired to build their expertise.  Topics will include: Significance of the IUCN and the World Conservation Congress, Overview of relevant events and activities, developing and communicating your island’s “ bright” spots and sharing  opportunities to participate, including registration options and incentives, exhibit booths, pavilions, special events, field trips, and more. Come hear what is planned, how your island can be  represented, and how you can participate! 

Why: Share information — The information is geared towards anyone who is interested in attending the World Conservation Congress, and wants to know how to participate/attend.  HCA and WCC want to provide an opportunity for people to link back to the Host Committee and other ongoing initiatives, events, etc.  


Speakers:  HCA Staff (Tina, Mahealani), WCC Host Committee (Randy Tanaka), HCA members

Invitees:  Any and all – faculty, researchers, students, anyone from conservation, agriculture, energy, business communities, government, etc. are invited to attend to learn more about this exciting opportunity. 


May 4th:

12-1:30pm — Hilo: US Forest Service IPIF WCC Seminar (Ric Lopez, Christian Giardina, other HCA and Federal ohana)

There will also be a Next Gen WCC Pau Hana, at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center geared towards university (HCC/UHH) students, and young professionals), also May 4, 4:00 -5:30

Topics will include: 

  • Introduction to HCA, HCA's participation in WCC
  • Role of National Host Committee, IUCN
  • What is the World Conservation Congress?
  • Congress events, pavilions, exhibition hall
  • Member's assembly & motions
  • Registration, public attendance, volunteering, student rates
  • Exhibition booths
  • Share your bright spot

        Approx. 50 min.  presentation, 30 min. Q&A