Monday, May 23, 2016

World Conservation Congress meeting: May 26, HPU

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, “Planet at the crossroads,” will be held at the Hawai‘i Convention Center from Sept. 1-10. This will be the first time the Congress venue is in the United States! Six to eight thousand delegates — including high-level experts and decision-makers from government, NGOs, science, business and academia — from over 160 countries are expected to participate in more than 1,100 events, covering a range of conservation issues.

President Geoffrey Bannister and Global Leadership and Sustainable Development program chair Regina Ostergaard-Klem with IUCN Director General Inger Andersen (far right), who was the featured speaker at HPU’s inaugural Presidential Lecture Series on Global Leadership and Sustainability launch on Feb. 9.

Hawai‘i Pacific University is a member of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, and in conjunction with the National Host Committee for the IUCN Congress, the university is hosting an informational meeting about the Congress on Thursday, May 26, 6 p.m., Aloha Tower Marketplace Multipurpose Room 2. Join us to learn more from the host committee about the status, activities, registration, volunteer opportunities, exhibition booths, and more. 

HPU Associate Professor of Environmental Science Regina Ostergaard-Klem, Ph.D., is representing the university and working with the host committee. If you are not able to attend the May 26 meeting, or if you have additional questions, contact Ostergaard-Klem at 

Of note: HPU alumnus Chris Barzman (MA Global Leadership and Sustainable Development ’12) is a member of the Hawaii Ecotourism Association and committee chair of its Sustainable Tourism Certification Program. The association is working toward certifying as many businesses as possible before the September IUCN Congress. Read more in the Pacific Business News article here.    

Be part of the action! IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 informational video here

Congress early-bird reduced rate is available until Tuesday, May 31. Register online here.   

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