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IUCN World Conservation Congress 2021

Marseille, France & online

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is where the world comes together to set priorities and drive conservation and sustainable development action. IUCN’s unique and inclusive membership gives the Congress a powerful mandate as it is not solely government or non-government, but both together.

Don't miss these sessions featuring or led by WLE:

Soil health & Sustainable landscapes – transformative action at scale

The world is waking up to the need to conserve the world’s soils health in order to contribute to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and address imminent global challenges: climate change, ecosystem degradation and food security.  

The eminent panel includes WLE's Co-leader of the Restoring Degraded Landscapes Research Theme and WLE Science Focal Point for ICRAF, Leigh Ann Winowiecki.

  • Date: September 7, 2021, 9:00–10:30 CEST
  • Room: H6-E Ecrins
  • Format: Onsite & Livestreamed
  • Draft agenda

The session will highlight the multiple benefits of investment in soil health beyond acting as carbon sinks, of sustainable landscapes, their simultaneous contribution to the objectives of 3 UN conventions: UNFCCC, UNCBD and UNCCD, and explore possibilities for effective public-private collaboration, a key for transformative action.

Agricultural Finance as a Force for Conservation: Innovations for and from the Global South

Agricultural finance is a hot topic, and no wonder – it’s a key lever for turning agriculture from a source of environmental harm and social inequalities to a driver of conservation and social inclusiveness.  This lively panel session will give participants the chance to debate emerging findings and ideas, and spark collaborations for change.

The session is led by WLE-supported Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI)

  • Date: September 7, 2021, 11:00–12:30 CEST
  • Room: H8 - 6 Cap Corse
  • Online/Onsite: Onsite & livestreamed
  • Themes: Landscapes, Economic and Financial Systems 

The session will present emerging results of a new study on the impacts of financial support to nature-positive and socially-inclusive agriculture in the Global South, and hold a panel discussion on how innovation in finance and public policy can leverage change. Register here.


The IUCN Congress schedule consists of three main components: The Members’ Assembly, where IUCN Members vote on priority actions; the Forum, a global marketplace of conservation science and innovation; and the Exhibition, where exhibitors can showcase their work to Congress participants and the public.

Congress Themes include Landscapes; Freshwater; Oceans; Climate change; Rights and governance; Economic and financial systems and Knowledge, innovation and technology.

Check out more important dates and deadlines of the Congress.