Pacific RISCC Featured at the 2021 IUCN World Conservation Congress
September 6, 2021
Pacific RISCC was honored to present some of their perspectives through video at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) hosted the World Conservation Congress (WCC) in Marseille, France on September 6, 2021. Held every four years, the WCC is the world’s largest conservation event and environmental decision-making forum, and was previously held in 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.
Pacific RISCC core hui member and the Pacific RISA co-lead investigator Laura Brewington joined a large Delegation from Hawaiʻi that was led by the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Foundation, the KUA movement, and the University of Hawaiʻi Environmental Law Program’s Our Drowning Voices team. The Hawaiʻi State Department of Land and Natural Resources Chair, Suzanne Case, served as head of the Delegation, and dozens of events and presentations were held at the Hawaiʻi-Oceania Pavilion during the first six days of the Forum.
During the session on climate change and invasive species, Brewington and collaborators from the Pacific Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) management network shared voices from around the region, describing the challenges and opportunities for research on these synergistic threats. You can check out all of the video submissions below from our Pacific RISCC core team.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service offered an introduction to disease that threatens the very survival of Hawaiʻi’s native forest birds, as temperatures rise and invasive mosquitoes reach higher grounds. Focusing in on Hawaiʻi Island, the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PICASC) shared a manager’s perspective from the Puʻuwaʻaʻwaʻa Forest Reserve, where the challenges of managing under drought and wildfire are magnified by pressure from ungulates and other disturbances. From Guam to American Sāmoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Pacific RISCC partners emphasized that dealing with the dual impacts of climate change and invasive species in islands is not a “one size fits all” approach, and requires greater collaboration and research to protect Pacific Island natural heritage into the future.
This news story was adapted from the Pacific RISA article “The IUCN World Conservation Congress: Resilience is in our nature”