Briefing on engagement for UK Members on Motions to the 2020 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille

IUCN World Conservation Congress, Marseille, 11-19 June 2020

Motions –– timeframe and guidance on engagement for IUCN’s UK Members

Contents of this briefing:

  • Accessing the draft Motions
  • Timeframe to add in comments and or suggested amendments to the current version of each Motion
  • Motions submitted by Members
  • IUCN Council-sponsored Motions
  • List of Motions for amendments to the IUCN Statutes

 Accessing the draft Motions:

All the 128 Member sponsored Motions are available here: You need to login using your IUCN Member login details to be able to view all the comments from other Members or to add your own comments / revisions to the text. Once you have logged in you can also ‘subscribe’ to any of the Motions so that you receive updates by email when any comments re posted by any IUCN Member.

With associated guidance:

Timeframe to add in comments and or suggested amendments to the current version of each motion

There are three weeks left in the ‘second reading’ stage of all the Member sponsored Motions, so it is important that if you have any comments or revisions to suggest to any of the Motions you do that by 26th February. There is then one further week to provide comments between 4th-11th March (following a week of revision by the ‘facilitators’ of the Motions) but it is probably advisable to provide any substantive comments by 26th February. Once the Motions are finalised, the Motions Working Group will then decide which will go to vote electronically before Congress and which will be tabled at Congress (those usually requiring further discussion/work or of strategic importance)

  • Second reading of Motions: 22 January – 26 February (key remaining timeframe to comment)
  • Facilitator revision: 26 February – 4 March (no opportunity to comment)
  • Final edits 4 – 11 March (final edits possible but unlikely to be able to accommodate any substantive changes at this stage)

There are 128 Motions that were submitted by Members that have been accepted by the Motions Working Group to be voted on. The following list provides the title (only) of each Motion. You can use this list to decide which Motions are relevant to you and which you want to look at. A key consideration is to comment on the Motions in a constructive way in order to try to increase the chances of adoption of each Motion, based on robust and sensible text.

Motions submitted by Members

001      Archiving Resolutions and Recommendations meeting retirement criteria, consolidating policy and future reviews

002      Strengthened institutional inclusion concerning indigenous peoples

003      Establishing a Climate Change Commission

004      Transforming global food systems through sustainable land management that is aligned to the UN SDGs

005      Urgent action against the grass Cortaderia selloana outside of its natural distribution range

006      Promoting harmony between cranes – flagships for biodiversity – and agriculture

007      Declaration of priority for the conservation of tropical dry forests in South America

008      Developing agroecological practices as nature-based solutions

009      Protecting rivers as corridors in a changing climate

010      Protecting and restoring endangered grassland and savannah ecosystems

011      Preventing conflicts of interest related to chemicals and plant protection products

012      The fight against imported deforestation

013      Protection of the Marañón and other free-flowing rivers of Peru

014      Aquatic biodiversity conservation of shallow marine and freshwater systems

015      Supporting the Lower Mekong Basin countries with the transboundary management of water resources, ecosystems and biodiversity

016      The importance of a cross-border approach to prioritise biodiversity conservation, adaptation to climate change and risk management in the Río de la Plata Basin

017      Cooperation on transboundary fresh waters to ensure ecosystem conservation, climate resilience and sustainable development

018      Conservation of spring ecosystems in the Mediterranean region

019      Protection of natural flows of water for the conservation of wetlands

020      Valuing and protecting inland fisheries

021      Planning of maritime areas and biodiversity conservation

022      Stopping the global plastic pollution crisis in marine environments by 2030

023      Protection of herbivorous fish for improved coral community

024      Restoring a peaceful and quiet ocean

025      Halting biodiversity loss in the insular Caribbean

026      Establishment of a mid-frequency active (MFA– 1 to 10 KHz) sonar moratorium for naval exercises [(i.e. not including security operations)] conducted in Macaronesia

027      Reducing impacts of incidental capture on threatened marine species

028      For an improved management of drifting fish aggregating devices (FADs)

029      Ecosystem conservation, restoration and remediation in the ocean

030      International cooperation on marine pollution from sunken vessels

031      Seascapes working for biodiversity conservation

032      Updating of the legislation to stop the pollution of oceans caused by the discharging of wastewater by ships

033      For the urgent global management of marine and coastal sand resources

034      Climate change and biodiversity crisis

035      Enhancing the resilience of coastal areas in the face of climate change

036      The implementation of nature-based solutions in the Mediterranean Basin

037      Ocean impacts of climate change

038      Promoting biodiversity preservation through energy transformation measures

039      Protecting environmental human and peoples’ rights defenders and whistleblowers

040      Develop and implement a transformational and effective Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

041      Ecological integrity in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

042      Promoting IUCN leadership in the implementation of the UN Decade on Restoration 2021–2030

043      Declaration of global priority for conservation in the Amazon Biome

044      Actions to strengthen food sovereignty and security of indigenous peoples and peasant communities

045      Recognising and supporting indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ rights and roles in conservation

046      Strengthening the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment and the Global Institute of Prosecutors for the Environment

047      Treating transnational organized crime having an impact on the environment as a serious crime

048      Rediscovering the care of Mother Earth from the vision of indigenous peoples

049      Australia’s extinction crisis and national environmental law reform

050      Implementing international efforts to combat the [sale of illegal wildlife products online]

051      Ensuring funding to secure rights and secure ecologies

052      Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflict

053      Enhancing implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity through National Voluntary Commitments

054      Climate crisis legal toolkit

055      Global Indigenous Network for Aquaculture (GINA)

056      Creation of the Ombudsperson for Future Generations

057      Law enforcement regarding commercial trade in tigers and tiger parts

058      Contributions of the Conservation Hierarchy to the post-2020 CBD framework

059      Mainstreaming the Cerrado in international cooperation and global environmental funds

060      Measuring the effectiveness of environmental law thanks to legal indicators

061      Regional agreement on access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters in Latin America and the Caribbean

062      Towards a Policy on Natural Capital

063      Dams in the Alto Paraguay River Basin, the Pantanal and the Paraná-Paraguay Wetland System

064      Promoting sustainable and ethical mining practices in Africa

065      Engaging the private sector to combat wildlife trafficking

066      Guidance to identify industrial fishing incompatible with protected areas

067      Reducing the impacts of the mining industry on biodiversity

068      Biodiversity financing

069      Protection of deep-ocean ecosystems and biodiversity through a moratorium on seabed mining

070      Accounting for biodiversity: encompassing ecosystems, species and genetic diversity

071      Safeguarding coral reefs from harmful chemicals in sunscreen

072      Combatting the illegal trade in lion body parts

073      Adoption of a standard approach to implement Nature-based Solutions for societal challenges

074      Partnerships and adoption of a Global Ecosystem Typology

075      IUCN Principles on Synthetic Biology and Biodiversity Conservation

076      Role of children and youth in nature conservation

077      Urgent call to share and use primary biodiversity in-situ data through emerging [biodiversity – see comment proposing to delete this word] data platforms at local, national and global scales

078      Promoting conservation through behaviour-centred solutions

079      Enhancing knowledge of natural resource conservation and alternative sustainable energy models through faith-based organisation networks

080      Generalising alternative techniques to the use of pesticides

081      Calling for Nature in Cities Agendas and strengthening the IUCN Urban Alliance

082      Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

083      Eliminate plastic pollution in protected areas, with priority action on single-use plastic products

084      Taking action to reduce light pollution

085      Combatting soil artificialisation

086      Wildlife-friendly linear infrastructure

087      Importance for the nature conservation of removing barriers to voluntary family planning

088      Ecological connectivity conservation in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework: From local to international levels

089      Geoheritage and protected areas

090      Transboundary cooperation for conservation of big cats in Northeast Asia

091      Building and strengthening wildlife economies in Eastern and Southern Africa

092      Effects of the increase in the use of paper as a substitute for plastic on plantations of timber species

093      Conservation, restoration and sustainable management of mangrove ecosystems

094      Linking in situ and ex situ efforts to save threatened species

095      Recognising, reporting and supporting other effective area-based conservation measures

096      Strengthening national spatial planning to ensure the global persistence of biodiversity

097      Reducing marine turtle bycatch: the important role of regulatory mechanisms in the global roll-out of Turtle Excluder Devices

098      Ensuring the compatibility of human activities with conservation objectives in protected areas

099      Global response to protected area downgrading, downsizing and degazettement (PADDD)

100      Rewilding

101      Setting area-based conservation targets based on evidence of what nature and people need to thrive

102      Strengthening mutual benefits of mobile pastoralism and wildlife in shared landscapes

103      Urgent measures to safeguard the globally important Atewa Forest, Ghana

104      The conservation of natural diversity and the natural heritage in mining environments

105      Preventing the extinction of the Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) in India

106      Continental conservation priority for the jaguar (Panthera onca)

107      Global Conservation of rhino rays (Rhinidae, Glaucostegidae, Rhinobatidae)

108      Adapting traditional medicine to fulfill the vision of ecocivilisation

109      A call for increased consideration of genetic diversity in IUCN planning and actions

110      Safeguarding the Endangered narrow-ridged finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis) off the Korean Peninsula

111      Conservation of seahorses, pipefishes and seadragons (family Syngnathidae)

112      Maximising return on conservation investments and sustainable development: eradicating invasive alien species (IAS) to conserve island biodiversity and benefit society

113      National Plan for the Sustainable Management of the Guanaco in Argentina

114      Saving the world’s otters

115      Strengthening great ape conservation across countries, in and outside of protected areas, involving local actors

116      Building Madagascar’s capacity to counter the threat from invasive species

117      Addressing human-wildlife conflict: fostering a safe and beneficial coexistence of people and wildlife

118      Reinforcing the protection of marine mammals through regional cooperation

119      Improving process and action to identify and recover ‘Extinct in the Wild’ species

120      Action against Asian songbird trafficking

121      Next IUCN World Parks Congress

122      Conserving and protecting coral reefs through the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

123      Protection of Kakadu World Heritage site and rehabilitation of the Ranger uranium mine and Ranger Project Area

124      Reducing the impact of fisheries on marine biodiversity

125      Strengthening the protection of old-growth forests in Europe and facilitating their restoration where possible

126      Advancing conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in the ocean beyond national jurisdiction

127      Deforestation and agricultural commodity supply chains

128      Increasing funding for biodiversity in developing countries

Council-sponsored Motions

In addition to those Motions submitted by Members, the IUCN Council proposed Motions for the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 are as follows, which deemed to be of strategic importance for the Union:

  1. IUCN Policy on Synthetic Biology
  2. Retirement of Obsolete Resolutions
  3. Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
  4. Red List of Ecosystems
  5. Nature-based Solutions Standard
  6. UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration
  7. Urban-Nature Agenda
  8. IUCN Policy on Natural Capital
  9. Conservation and Human Rights
  10. Climate Change and Biodiversity

The texts of these 10 Motions are not yet available. These are all likely to be debated and voted on at Congress.

List of Motions for amendments to the IUCN Statutes

Please note that there are currently no Motions presented as amendments to the IUCN Statutes and Rules of Procedure.


Stephen Grady and Chris Mahon, IUCN NCUK


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