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IUCN Motions voting process is open and ends Wednesday 21st October: PLEASE VOTE!

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 titleUK 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 governmentsWildfowl 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 wetlandsWildfowl and Wetlands Trust
020 Valuing and protecting inland fisheriesSynchronicity Earth, Zoological Society of London
025 Halting biodiversity loss in the insular CaribbeanBirdlife International
027 Reducing impacts of incidental capture on threatened marine speciesSynchronicity Earth
029 Ecosystem conservation, restoration and remediation in the oceanSynchronicity Earth
040 Develop and implement a transformational and effective Post-2020 Global Biodiversity FrameworkSynchronicity Earth, WWF-UK
045 Recognising and supporting indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ rights and roles in conservationForest Peoples Programme, Synchronicity Earth
051 Ensuring funding to secure rights and secure ecologiesForest People Programme, Synchronicity Earth
052 Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflictZoological Society of London
057 Law enforcement regarding commercial trade in tigers and tiger partsBristol, 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 frameworkSynchronicity 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 scalesZoological Society of London
078 Promoting conservation through behaviour-centred solutionsBristol, 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 networksBorn Free Foundation
087 Importance for the nature conservation of removing barriers to voluntary family planningMargaret Pyke Trust, UK zoos, Born Free Foundation
088 Ecological connectivity conservation in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework: From local to international levelsRoyal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Birdlife International
091 Building and strengthening wildlife economies in Eastern and Southern AfricaInternational Institute for Environment and Development
094 Linking in situ and ex situ efforts to save threatened speciesUK zoos
095 Recognising, reporting and supporting other effective area-based conservation measuresBirdlife International
096 Strengthening national spatial planning to ensure the global persistence of biodiversitySynchronicity Earth
100 RewildingUK zoos, Synchronicity Earth
102 Strengthening mutual benefits of mobile pastoralism and wildlife in shared landscapesMarwell Wildlife, Born Free Foundation
103 Urgent measures to safeguard the globally important Atewa Forest, GhanaArocha 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 IndiaRoyal 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 actionsDurrell, 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 societyBirdlife International
114 Saving the world’s ottersBorn Free Foundation
116 Building Madagascar’s capacity to counter the threat from invasive speciesSynchronicity Earth
117 Addressing human-wildlife conflict: fostering a safe and beneficial coexistence of people and wildlifeFauna 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’ speciesMarwell Wildlife, Zoological Society of London
120 Action against Asian songbird traffickingUK 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)

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