Dear IUCN NCUK / UK colleagues,
This is a reminder that the 2020 IUCN Motions voting process is now well under way, and which will finish on Wednesday 21st October 2020.
This is to strongly encourage all UK organisation members with authorised vote-holders to actively participate in this crucial part of engagement within our democratic Union and thereby contributing to the decisions taken across both ‘houses’ of the membership. The adopted Resolutions and Recommendations set forth future action for nature and people. There are 109 motions which are to be voted on electronically, 15 of which have multiple amendment options which need to be also duly considered and voted on. Voting is expressed as either ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Abstain for each Motion.
Here below is a link to a letter from Jonny Hughes, one of our IUCN Councillors in our European Region, similarly strongly encouraging all the UK members of IUCN to participate in the voting, and highlighting the critical importance of the motions process in influencing the conservation agenda, and forming IUCN Policy and operation of its work plan.
The ‘Authorised vote holder’ for your organisation can use the following Motions guidance document to help you submit your ‘organisation’s’ votes.
Finally, we thought it would be helpful to highlight the list of Motions which have at least one UK Member as either the proponent or as a co-sponsor. We urge you to carefully consider these motions in your voting, please.
|IUCN (2020) Motion number and title||UK Member Motion (proponent/co-sponsor)|
|002 Strengthened institutional inclusion concerning indigenous peoples||Forest Peoples Programme|
|006 Promoting harmony between cranes – flagships for biodiversity – and agriculture and actions for governments||Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust|
|009 Protecting rivers as corridors in a changing climate||Synchronicity Earth|
|010 Protecting and restoring endangered grassland and savannah ecosystems||Birdlife International|
|015 Supporting the Lower Mekong Basin countries with the transboundary management of water resources, ecosystems & biodiversity||International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Born Free Foundation|
|019 Protection of natural flows of water for the conservation of wetlands||Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust|
|020 Valuing and protecting inland fisheries||Synchronicity Earth, Zoological Society of London|
|025 Halting biodiversity loss in the insular Caribbean||Birdlife International|
|027 Reducing impacts of incidental capture on threatened marine species||Synchronicity Earth|
|029 Ecosystem conservation, restoration and remediation in the ocean||Synchronicity Earth|
|040 Develop and implement a transformational and effective Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework||Synchronicity Earth, WWF-UK|
|045 Recognising and supporting indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ rights and roles in conservation||Forest Peoples Programme, Synchronicity Earth|
|051 Ensuring funding to secure rights and secure ecologies||Forest People Programme, Synchronicity Earth|
|052 Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflict||Zoological Society of London|
|057 Law enforcement regarding commercial trade in tigers and tiger parts||Bristol, Chester, Jersey, London, Marwell, Twycross zoos, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)|
|058 Contributions of the Conservation Hierarchy to the post-2020 CBD framework||Synchronicity Earth, WWF-UK, Zoological Society of London|
|077 Urgent call to share and use primary biodiversity in-situ data through emerging [biodiversity] data platforms at local, national and global scales||Zoological Society of London|
|078 Promoting conservation through behaviour-centred solutions||Bristol, Chester, Jersey, London, Marwell, Twycross zoos, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)|
|079 Enhancing knowledge of natural resource conservation and alternative sustainable energy models through faith-based organisation networks||Born Free Foundation|
|087 Importance for the nature conservation of removing barriers to voluntary family planning||Margaret Pyke Trust, UK zoos, Born Free Foundation|
|088 Ecological connectivity conservation in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework: From local to international levels||Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Birdlife International|
|091 Building and strengthening wildlife economies in Eastern and Southern Africa||International Institute for Environment and Development|
|094 Linking in situ and ex situ efforts to save threatened species||UK zoos|
|095 Recognising, reporting and supporting other effective area-based conservation measures||Birdlife International|
|096 Strengthening national spatial planning to ensure the global persistence of biodiversity||Synchronicity Earth|
|100 Rewilding||UK zoos, Synchronicity Earth|
|102 Strengthening mutual benefits of mobile pastoralism and wildlife in shared landscapes||Marwell Wildlife, Born Free Foundation|
|103 Urgent measures to safeguard the globally important Atewa Forest, Ghana||Arocha Int, Birdlife International, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Synchronicity Earth|
|105 Preventing the extinction of the Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) in India||Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Birdlife International|
|107 Global Conservation of rhino rays (Rhinidae, Glaucostegidae, Rhinobatidae)||Synchronicity Earth, Zoological Society of London|
|109 A call for increased consideration of genetic diversity in IUCN planning and actions||Durrell, Chester, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland|
|111 Conservation of seahorses, pipefishes and seadragons (family Syngnathidae)||Synchronicity Earth, Zoological Society of London|
|112 Maximising return on conservation investments & sustainable development: eradicating invasive alien species to conserve island biodiversity & benefit society||Birdlife International|
|114 Saving the world’s otters||Born Free Foundation|
|116 Building Madagascar’s capacity to counter the threat from invasive species||Synchronicity Earth|
|117 Addressing human-wildlife conflict: fostering a safe and beneficial coexistence of people and wildlife||Fauna and Flora International (FFI), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), World Wide Fund for Nature-UK (WWF-UK), Zoological Society of London|
|119 Improving process and action to identify and recover ‘Extinct in the Wild’ species||Marwell Wildlife, Zoological Society of London|
|120 Action against Asian songbird trafficking||UK zoos, Birdlife International|
We will be following up separately about the 9 IUCN Council-sponsored Motions in due course, but to note that an online discussion on these will take place between 22nd October and 3rd December 2020, followed by electronic voting in early 2021.
Thank you for your attention.
Kind regards Stephen Grady (NCUK Chair), Chris Mahon (NCUK CEO) and Jonny Hughes (IUCN Councillor)