A seven member Bhutanese officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation and Royal Society for Protection of Nature participated in the IUCN’s 6th World Conservation Congress held in Honolulu from 1-10 September 2016. The congress is organized every four years with the last one held in October 2012 at Jeju. The 10 days congress with the central theme “Planet at the Crossroads” brought together world’s greatest minds and environmental leaders from the government, civil society, indigenous communities, private sectors, and academia.
The congress outlined opportunities to address some of the greatest challenges facing nature conservation and the urgent action needed to ensure long term survival of life on Earth and the planet’s ability to sustain them. Key decisions included closure of domestic markets for elephant ivory, the urgency of protecting the high seas, the need to protect primary forests, no-go areas for industrial activities within protected areas and an official IUCN policy on biodiversity offsets.
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