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Amman Congress 2000IUCN Second World Conservation Congress : Images and RealAudio for 7 October

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Briefing: Saturday, 7 October

Delegates met in parallel interactive sessions throughout the day to consider: mobilizing knowledge for biodiversity; agriculture, biodiversity, economy and society; local solutions promoting social equity and cultural diversity; developing and investing in biodiversity business; integrating biodiversity science into environment policy and management; and the ecological limits of climate change. Several contact groups also convened to consider budgetary matters and draft resolutions.

Note: There were no formal meetings on Sunday, 8 October

Photo and RealAudio highlights from 7 October


DEVELOPING AND INVESTING IN BIODIVERSITY BUSINESS: Global business partnerships
Dan Biller, OECD, discussed financial mechanisms for creating markets for biodiversity, including non-market transfer payments, financial institutions and investment funds.
RealAudio excerpts of Biller's presentation
Robert Barrington, Earthwatch Institute, overviewed corporate biodiversity strategies, underscoring harnessing businesses' skills, resources, operational reach and impact to conserve biodiversity
RealAudio excerpts of Barrington's presentation:
part one  part two
Gordan Shepard, WWF, explained how the Forest Stewardship Council's forest product certification programme was developed.

LOCAL SOLUTIONS THAT PROMOTE SOCIAL EQUITY AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY: Gender within natural resource management
From left to right: Elizabeth Odio, Vice-President of Costa Rica and Minister of Environment, and Dr. Khawar Mumtaz, IUCN Councillor and and Chair of the panel.

From left to right: Lorena Aguilar, IUCN Senior advisor on Gender; (unidentified panelist); Gabriella Richardson, Social Policy Programme, IUCN-Zambia; Dinya Hayat, Coordinator of the WESCANA Regional Women and Biodiversity Project; and Itza Castaneda, Red Genero y Medio Ambiente.

AGRICULTURE, BIODIVERSITY, ECONOMY AND SOCIETY
The trade debate: Vandana Shiva, Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, demonstrated how trade liberalization negatively impacts biodiversity and brings about environmental and social deregulation, stressing that the biggest challenge in reforming trade rules is accommodating global inequalities and the cost of environmental degradation.

RealAudio excerpts of Shiva's presentation:
part one  part two

 
GMOs' intrinsic value and impacts:

RealAudio excerpts of a participants intervention during which he described some of the benefits of genetic engineering, and urged others to not reject GMOs based solely on fundamentalist "blanket objections".
  
RealAudio excerpts of panel Chair Hardy Vogtmann's closing remarks in which he urges caution in the dissemination of GMS, stating that private industry has in the past proven itself untrustworthy with regards to their claims of safety when releasing new technologies

THE ECOLOGICAL LIMITS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
From left to right: Brett Orlando, Climate Change Program Officer, IUCN; Claude Martin, Director General, World Wide Fund for Nature; Kristalina Georgieva, Director of the Environment Department, World Bank; and Juan Myer, IUCN Regional Councillor for South America and Minister of Environment of Colombia).

BOOK LAUNCH: Threatened Birds of the World

Her Majesty Queen Noor returned to the Sports City over the lunch hour to launch BirdLife International's Threatened Birds of the World.

During her speech, Queen Noor described the contents of the book, which include colour illustrations, habitat descriptions and trends for the 1,186 bird species presently threatened with global extinction.
At the end of the launch, Director General Maritta Koch-Weser was given the first 'public' copy of Threatened Birds of the World

Miscellaneous photos
Left and below: images of the maze of tents the Jordanians organizers erected for the purpose of housing the administrative functions of WCC-2. IUCN field staff at WCC-2: modern-day Bedouins?

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