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Amman Congress 2000IUCN Second World Conservation Congress : Images and RealAudio for 5 October

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Briefing: Thursday, 5 October

Congress participants met in parallel thematic sessions throughout the day addressing: ecosystem management in mountains, watersheds and river basins; environmental health of island, coastal and marine ecosystems; environment and security - a new strategic role for IUCN; forest ecospaces, biodiversity and environmental security; ecospaces and a global culture for sustainability; and strategies for averting the world water crisis. In the evening, delegates convened in an informal members' session to review the programme for 2001-2004 and the budget for 1996-2000.

Photo and RealAudio highlights from 5 October

ENVIRONMENT AND SECURITY: A NEW STRATEGIC ROLE FOR IUCN
Mark Halle, European Director and Coordinator, IISD Environment and Security Task Force (pictured below, second from left), overviewed the history of IUCN's involvement in the field of environment and security, and discussed the goals and outcomes of this thematic session.
RealAudio excerpts of Halle's introduction and overview

Richard Matthew, Assistant Professor of International and Environmental Politics (far left), University of California at Irvine, examined the linkages between conservation, conflict and vulnerability to disaster. He also gave an overview of the academic debate.
RealAudio excerpts of Matthew's presentation: part one  part two

Other panelists shown here are James Gasana (second from the right) and Jeff McNeely, Senior Scientist for IUCN (far right).

Chip Barber, World Resources Institute, overviewed the impacts and interrelated causes of Indonesian deforestation.
RealAudio excerpts of Barber's presentation on the preconditions required for effective reform in the management of shared resources, such as forests

ECOSPACES AND A GLOBAL CULTURE FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Left: Chris van Dam, Universidad de Salta, Argentina, spoke on "Equity and Sustainable Use in the CBD". His respondant was Claudine Ramiarison, GEF-Madagascar. Prof. Marshall Murphree, Species Survival Commission (center), chaired this session

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OF ISLAND, COASTAL AND MARINE ECOSYSTEMS
Veerle Vandeweed, UNEP (on the right), spoke on UNEP's Global Programme of Action; and Tom Laughlin, IUCN, suggested ways to mobilize private sector funding in to achieve the goals of the GPA.

MAKING WAVES: STRATEGIES FOR AVERTING THE WORLD WATER CRISIS
Discussants of the "Developing IUCN's freshwater work with your help" panel discussion, from left to right: Khalid Mohtadullah, Executive Secretary, GWP; Prof. Elias Salameh, University of Jordan; Juan Hector Diaz, Panama Canal Authority; Elena Lombarda, Fundacion Natura; Marlou Tomkinson Church, The Nature Conservancy; and Jamie Skinner, Executive Secretary, World Commission on Dams.

On water issues in the Middle East, Prof. Salameh described political issues arising from sharing the scarce resource among nations and the growing stress from immigration and increased demand for industrialization and agriculture. He projected that the decline in water quality will prove a greater problem than limited quantity.


Miscellaneous photos
The poster commissioned by the Jordanian National IUCN Committee promoting the World Conservation Congress.
Views from the exhibit hall, where Congress participants can read and collect literature on IUCN's programmes and themes

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