Important 2016 Conservation Conferences
- Service & Advocacy
In September 2016 I participated in two important global conservation conferences.
The World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, hosted by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, attracted more than 10,000 public and private leaders and decision makers from 192 countries to address the most challenging environmental issues of our times. The theme of the congress was “planet at the crossroads.”
I was honored to be a speaker at the Congress, focusing on important initiatives of the historic US National Park Service centennial. My presentation included announcement of the Second Century Stewardship collaboration to expand the engagement of science IN and FOR national parks. A highlight of the congress was President Obama’s announcement of a dramatic expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument –in the Northern Hawaian Islands, around Midway atoll. This is now the largest protected area in the world.
The following week I participated again in the third annual Our Ocean conference hosted by the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. to catalyze actions for global ocean protection. I was pleased to present Second Century Stewardship at the conference and a highlight of the event was designation of a second marine monument of the Obama administration. The newly designated ~5000 square mile monument in New England is the first ever marine monument on the US East Coast. It was gratifying to participate in advocacy for this and other protected areas during my term as a director of the US National Park Foundation.
Highlights of these two conferences can be found here:
The version of the Second Century Stewardship film we showed at IUCN WCC 2016:
Gallery of images from the 2 conferences: