The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland have launched their bid to host the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in 2020. This expression of interest joins nine others in a list of countries offering a home for this, the largest gathering of environmental conservation experts on the planet.
They join Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates in the quest for the winning venue.
The Candidates have now until 15 August 2017 to submit a formal proposal for the IUCN Congress 2020 outlining how they will meet the criteria of the Statement of Requirements. Decisions on the venue will be taken by the IUCN Council in the first half of 2018.
The most recent of these quadrennial events have been in Barcelona, Spain (2008), Jeju, South Korea (2012) and Hawai’i, United States of America (2016) and attract over 8000 delegates from all over the world to agree priorities for action for the global conservation of nature.
2020 is an important year in the conservation calendar with significant reporting on the Aichi Targets at the Convention on Biological Diversity (the CBD) in the same year.