Two Sessions of GNF at the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawai´i

1 - 10 September 2016, Hawai'i, USA


In the framework on this worldwide relevant Congress, Global Nature Fund (GNF), leader of the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign will bring two important topics to the table;

  1. ecosystem service valuation and
  2. the impacts of voluntary certification standards and labels on biodiversity.


Held once every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges.


In a so called Knowledge Café GNF will address the first topic, Water ecosystem conservation vs ecosystem service valuation. On 3 September, participants coming from different sectors will debate into smalls groups issues such as methodological Aspect of Ecosystem Service Valuation Tools, Payment for ecosystem services & valuation tools and their value for nature conservation, how to increase the benefit of Ecosystem Service Valuation Tools for nature. Participants will learn to value the ecosystem services that are used, allowing decision makers to integrate the ecosystem services into mainstream decision-making processes.


Biodiversity in Voluntary Certification Standards and Labels (food, tourism, forestry, fisheries, mining): Impacts on biodiversity and livelihoods is the title of the workshop, on 4 September, addressing the challenges of measuring the impacts of voluntary certification standards on biodiversity and natural resource dependent livelihoods . Voluntary certification standards such as the Forest Stewardship Council, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, the Responsible Jewellery Council, SAN/Rainforest Alliance, the Global Ecosphere Retreat Standard® (GER) and many others claim to have relevance to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Participants will better understand the importance of standards and labels and what role they should play to improve biodiversity, will have information and examples helping them to approach standards /labels companies, will better understand the biodiversity performance of standards and companies will be motivated to consider biodiversity in their requirements for the supply chain. 


GNF will be supported and accompanied during both events by partners coming from different sectors working on those relevant topics; governments (German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Germany), certification organizations (ISEAL Alliance, UK; Global Sustainable Tourism Council), International organizations (UNEP-WCMC), NGOs (Fundación Moisés Bertoni, Paraguay, African Wildlife Foundation, Tanzania, Wildlands Conservation Trust, South Africa), private and science sectors.


If you are interested to participate in the sessions, please contact Udo Gattenlöhner, GNF, Email:


For further information about the events, please visit the following IUCN links:


Water Ecosystem Conservation versus Ecosystem Service Valuation


Biodiversity in Voluntary Certification Standards and Labels (food, tourism, forestry, fisheries, mining): Impacts on biodiversity and livelihoods



About the IUCN World Conservation Congress


The Congress takes place in Hawai’i from 1 - 10 September 2016. The motto is “Planet at the Crossroads”. The Congress is the place where IUCN’s more than 1,300 Member organizations exercise their rights, influence the global conservation agenda and guide IUCN’s work plan for the four years to follow.


A Congress with two components


The Forum is a hub of public debate, bringing together people from all walks of life to discuss the world’s most pressing conservation and sustainability challenges. It includes many different types of events from high level dialogues to training workshops which explore the depths of conservation and innovation.


The Members’ Assembly is IUCN’s highest decision-making body. A unique global environmental parliament, it involves governments and NGOs – large and small, national and international – taking joint decisions on conservation and sustainability.


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