IUCN World Conservation Congress
6-15 September 2012 (Jeju, Republic of Korea)

Held every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development. It has two main components: the Forum, including several types of events, and the Members’ Assembly, the IUCN’s highest decision-making body. Several events address issues of relevance to indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge, including the following: On Friday, 7 September, IUCN and partners will convene a workshop on “Stakeholder engagement and social safeguards to support indigenous peoples and forest communities in REDD+ processes.” On Sunday, 9 September, Terralingua presents “The VITEK Indicator: A new method for measuring the retention or change of traditional knowledge.” On Monday, 10 September, Conservation International, IIED and partners convene a workshop on “Using ecosystems and traditional knowledge to help people adapt to climate change: building the evidence base”; Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and partners a workshop on “Inuit sustainable use and management of Arctic species and the role of traditional knowledge”; the Ecological Society of Korea and partners a workshop on the “Island biocultural diversity initiative for strengthening biocultural diversity and traditional ecological knowledge in Asia-Pacific island regions”; and the IUCN Regional Office for Meso America and the Caribbean an event on the contribution of the indigenous peoples of Abya Yala to conservation, sustainable use of biodiversity and climate adaptation in the context of the end of the Mayan Long Count. Several events address the role and rights of indigenous peoples in World Heritage sites. The UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative, with partners, will be convening a workshop on sustainable marine and coastal resource management in the Asia-Pacific in the context of international conservation targets on Monday, 10 September. Visit the Congress website … Download the programme [pdf] … Further information on the UNU-IAS TKI workshop …