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IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability


Inspired by IUCN Resolution 4.098 on Intergenerational Partnership, members of young professionals groups across Commissions joined together with senior colleagues to form the IPS Task Force in September 2011 to promote youth engagement and intergenerational partnership in service of the IUCN’s vision of a "just world that values and conserves biodiversity."

A year later, it had grown to over 100 diverse members from more than 40 countries around the world, representing all parts of the IUCN family and partners. We currently have over 600 members. Since the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea, much of the Task Force's work is based on Resolution 008 on 'Increasing Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership across and through the Union' as a platform.

The Task Force is Co-Convened by Catie Burlando, Shalini Dhyani, Rebecca Koss, Grace Mwaura, Archi Rastogi, Dominic Stucker and Melanie Zurba. They work closely with a committed Core Team to support the strategic efforts of Working Groups in carrying out specific projects. The Core Team wrote a 2013-2016 Action Plan through a collaborative process leading up to and during the Jeju Congress in 2012. This was followed by a Strategy for Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership; see updates, below.

Vision

Intergenerational exchange, learning, and collaboration are appreciated and integral parts of how the IUCN delivers on its vision of "a just world that values and conserves nature."

Mission

Develop and strengthen intergenerational partnerships between established and emerging sustainability leaders across and through the Union that increase critical thinking, creativity, and strategic action for biodiversity conservation. As a basis for such action, further develop and support effective communication networks and meaningful engagement and collaboration with young professionals, elders, and community and indigenous representatives in decision-making, project development and implementation.

Goals and Collaborators

  1. Continue to engage Commissions’ members of all ages in intergenerational projects
  2. Work closely with the Secretariat to engage youth in conservation
  3. Support Member Organizations and States in engaging youth and collaborating across generations for biodiversity outcomes
  4. Mobilize resources and engage in strategic partnerships for youth engagement and intergenerational partnership in and beyond the IUCN

Get Involved!

News

Sep. 2016

Read Youth Success Stories of IPS: Network of Young Professionals working towards conservation of nature and ecological systems

IUCN CEM YPN Blog

https://iucncemypnsite.wordpress.com/

Visit the blog for interesting youth conservation stories from across the globe..!!


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May 2016 - IPS Task Force "All-in Skype" Meeting Notes and Call to Action
Thank you to all 38 people from around the world who contributed to a great discussion on the IPS Working Groups and preparations for the IUCN World Conservation Congress to be held in Hawai'i this September. Participants hailed from 20 different countries and ranged in age from 18 to 78. The meeting focused on forming Working Groups, which you can still join here: Working Groups!

Please find the summary notes in English here:


For a longer transcript of the meeting, please click here.

April 2016 - Invitation to All-In IPS Task Force Skype Meeting on 28 April
The IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability (IPS) invites members and interested people of all ages to join our upcoming 'All-In Skype Meeting' on 28 April 2016 at 17:00 GMT.
The purpose of the meeting is to launch Working Groups on key projects leading up to the IUCN World Conservation Congress to be held in Hawaii September 1-10, 2016. We need your initiative and participation to promote youth engagement and collaboration across generations at the Congress.

To confirm your participation in the meeting, please send a Skype contact request to "IPSTaskForce" before April 27. Please share this invitation among your networks! Learn more about the Task Force here and the IUCN Congress here.

From IPS Task Force Co-Conveners: Catie Burlando, Italy / Canada, CEESP; Shalini Dhyani, India, CEM; Rebecca Koss, Australia, WCPA; Grace Mwaura, Kenya, CEC; Archi Rastogi, India / Canada, WCPA; Dominic Stucker, Germany / United States, CEC; Melanie Zurba, Canada, CEESP.

March 2016 - Join Us in Celebrating Eight Years of Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership at the 2016 World Conservation Congress
By: Catie Burlando, CEESP Emerging Leaders Network Advisor and IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability Co-convener
Mariasole Bianco, WCPA Marine Young Professionals Task Force Co-Vice Chair and IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability Member
Dominic Stucker, CEC Member and IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability Co-convener

The 2016 World Conservation Congress call for proposals encouraged young professionals and emerging leaders to submit proposals. Of a total of 79 submitted proposals, 51 events were accepted and will be featured in the dedicated WCC Youth and Intergenerational Journey. Two sub-themes will represent the fils rouges for the development of the Journey throughout the Congress: (1) professional empowerment, intergenerational collaboration and meaningful engagement of emerging leaders and (2) the inspiring stories of youth.

As part of the IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability (IPS), young and senior members from across the Union and beyond are initiating and participating in multiple activities leading to the World Conservation Congress. Many of these are still in development and will be shared on the IPS Facebook page as well as on the IPS Wikispace for volunteers to become involved and contribute. These are only a few of the efforts IPS members are currently involved in:
  • Developing a concept note which will be shared for comments before being used to advocate the IUCN Director General, among other things, for a fulltime IPS staff person in the Secretariat that can support and bring together all youth and intergenerational activities. While this position is being decided upon, Mariasole Bianco, Co-Vice Chair, IUCN WCPA-Marine Young Professionals Task Force and a member of the IPS, is supporting communication and liaison with the IUCN Secretariat.
  • Developing a Congress Youth and Intergenerational Journey linking all the different youth and intergenerational events.
  • Developing a 2-hour High Level Dialogue on youth which will modeled after the Youth and Intergenerational Journey themes.
  • Supporting concept-development and implementation of a conservation cradle program that fosters professional development for young professionals and emerging leaders to be presented at the World Conservation Congress.
  • Planning an 'All in' IPS Skype meeting on April 28 at 17:00 GMT with a focus on forming project-specific Working Groups. This will help bring all the streams that emerging leaders and young professionals are carrying out in the lead-up to and at Congress into one large river, and ensure that through collaborative and decentralized working groups, we have a significant presence and impact at the WCC. To join our meeting, please contact Catie Burlando at catie.burlando@gmail.com.

For updated news, or if you wish to contact one of our Co-Conveners, please visit our IPS website:
http://intergenerationalpartnership.wikispaces.com/News

IPS Task Force Co-Conveners:
Catie Burlando, Italy / Canada, CEESP
Shalini Dhyani, India, CEM
Rebecca Koss, Australia, WCPA
Grace Mwaura, Kenya, CEC
Archi Rastogi, India / Canada, WCPA
Dominic Stucker, Germany / United States, CEC
Melanie Zurba, Canada, CEESP

October 2015 - Celebrating the workshop proposals related to youth engagement and IPS submitted to the World Conservation Congress
In total, 17 youth related proposals and 3 IPS related proposals were submitted for WCC, to be held in Hawai'i in September 2016. These 20 proposals had 'youth,' young,' 'children' and/or 'intergenerational' in their titles. Many others, of course, were submitted by or in collaboration with young people and elders. A great success indeed!

If you know of further proposals that could potentially become part of Youth Engagement and IPS Stream at the Congress, please let us know.

IPS Related Proposals
1086 Action Planning for 2017-2020: Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership within and through the IUCN Workshop Submitted
1288 The Intergenerational Roadmap to Marine Conservation: catalysing innovative multi-stakeholder solutions for a marine planet at the crossroads Knowledge Café Submitted
2178 Helping Nature to Regenerate and Heal: Exploring an Intergenerational Approach to Nature-Based Solutions Workshop Submitted

Youth Related Proposals
1009 Youth Engagement for Forest and Tiger Conservation Workshop Submitted
1040 Listen to Young Voices: Engaging Pacific Youth as Future Environmental and Cultural Leaders and Communicators through Creative Expression Workshop Submitted
1054 Global Schools for Local Action: Helping Youth Shape Nature’s Solution to Global Challenges Poster Submitted
1086 Action Planning for 2017-2020: Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership within and through the IUCN Workshop Submitted
1186 Activating Communities around a Conservation Agenda for Youth Conservation Campus Draft
1244 A call for an Informed and Involved Youth for Environmental Development Poster Submitted
1395 Planet at a crossroads- empowering youth to create positive change Conservation Campus Submitted
1443 Youth’s Call for the Balance Between Environmental Conservation and Development Poster Submitted
1571 Indigenous youth, future leaders Knowledge Café Draft
1763 Connecting youth to Wildlife Conservation through Wildlife Summer Camp Poster Submitted
1838 On-line best practices tool kit for enabling youth to experience and connect with nature Workshop Submitted
1932 (Forestry Education + Youth in Landscapes Approach) The Role of Forestry Education in Overcoming Landscape Challenges in a Post-2015 World Knowledge Café Draft
2086 Connecting Urban Youth through "Discover the Forest" & "Love. Not Loss." Workshop Submitted
2119 School based Climate Literacy Projects inspiring the Urban and Rural Youth to Live in Harmony with Nature Poster Submitted
2287 Best Practices for Youth Engagement: Translating Personal Experience to Digital Storytelling Knowledge Café Submitted
2375 Youth Feminists in Dialogue: Visions for Justice Centered Alternatives in Climate and Conservation to the UNFCCC Knowledge Café Submitted
2438 engaging diverse urban youth in conservation Workshop Submitted

Soon, we will supplement this list with the organizations that partnered to submit each proposal. Furthermore, many IPS Task Force members and young professionals across Commissions have volunteered at Technical Reviewers of proposals, supporting the IUCN Secretariat in their difficult selection process. Watch this space for more news!

July 2015 - The IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability: Working now for youth engagement and collaboration across generations at the World Conservation Congress 2016

The IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership (IPS) presented two strategic documents at the last two Council meetings in November 2014 and May 2015 which have laid the foundation for the work that the IPS Co-Conveners and Members are undertaking leading up to the World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i in 2016.

The “Strategy for Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership for 2014-2018” specifically requested a response from the Council on the following actions:
  • Appointing an IPS Task Force Liaison in the Secretariat;
  • Designating an IPS Task Force Liaison in the Council;
  • Establishing the Intergenerational Fund; and
  • Establishing the Intergenerational Award.

In response, the Secretariat has appointed Francisco Wulff, new CEC focal point, as the IPS Task Force Liaison in the Secretariat. The IUCN Council then nominated Nancy Colleton and Michael Hozek as the IPS Task Force Liaisons in the Council. The IPS Co-Conveners officially met with the Secretariat and Council Liaisons in June to discuss strategy, fundraising and next steps. There is a shared and palpable desire among the Liaisons and Co-Conveners to make a big impact for youth empowerment and intergenerational collaboration at the next Congress.

The IUCN is also supporting the work of the IPS towards the Congress in other ways. In April 2015, the Secretariat invited IPS Co-Conveners to develop a “Strategy for mainstreaming intergenerational dialogue and young leader empowerment at the 2016 World Conservation Congress.” Based on the Mainstreaming Strategy, we successfully:
  • Integrated youth engagement and IPS criteria and support in the Call for Contributions for the 560 Congress events;
  • Secured an arc of three IPS workshops that will be delivered at the Congress; and
  • Obtained a reduction in youth registration fees for the Congress.

Furthermore, two IPS Co-Conveners, Dominic Stucker and Grace Mwaura, have been invited to join the Congress Executive Committee starting in July. In the autumn, we plan to make a call to people of all ages to join the IPS Task Force and participate in one of our Congress-related Working Groups.

March 2015 - Welcoming New IPS Task Force Co-Conveners!
It is with great pleasure that we announce the addition of two new Co-Conveners to the current 4-person team!

Outstanding, Diverse Applicants
We are especially happy with the sixteen outstanding applicants and have invited all of them to become more involved in IPS Task Force activities. The seven female and nine male applicants ranged in age from 23 to 70 with an average of 34 years. They represented the following countries:
  • Africa: Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Zambia
  • Asia: Bangladesh, India, Japan
  • Europe: Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal
  • Latin America: Colombia
  • North America: Canada, United States
  • Oceania: Australia

Applicants from the public, private and civil society sectors included young and retired development practitioners; students of international relations, law and conservation; a professor of sociology; activists focused on local environmental issues and human rights; a journalist; and a protected areas manager. Half of the applicants were already IUCN Commission members, while the others were relatively new to the Union.

Two Selected as New Co-Conveners
We welcome Shalini Dhyani of India and Archi Rastogi of Canada / India as our two new Co-Conveners. Both possess the wide-ranging competencies we were seeking and have demonstrated their commitment and enthusiasm for our approach to youth engagement and intergenerational partnership, for example through their recent involvement in the World Parks Congress in Australia. Furthermore, Shalini and Archi compliment our current constellation of Co-Conveners by reinforcing links to the Commission on Ecosystems Management (CEM; through Shalini) and to the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA; through Archi). We had no Co-Conveners from Asia and welcome Shalini and Archi’s networks and contacts in India and beyond.

Shalini Dhyani works from India works in National Environmental Engineering Research Institute as a Scientist. She is an ecologist and Co-Lead for revamped Youth Professional Team of IUCN CEM; YLT member of CEESP (TILCEPA) and Core Committee member of CEM South Asia.

Archi Rastogi is currently a postdoctoral scholar at University of Waterloo, Canada. He was the communications coordinator for stream 6 at the World Parks Congress, 2014. Archi has earlier worked as a journalist, consultant, and academic specializing in social dimensions of biodiversity conservation. He has a PhD degree in Natural Resource Sciences, a Masters degree in Environment Management and a Bachelors degree in Biology.

Shalini and Archi have committed to serve as Co-Conveners for two years, with a special focus on intergenerational projects related to the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, USA in late 2016. Welcome to you both!

Current IPS Task Force Co-Conveners
Catie Burlando, Italy, CEESP
Rebecca Koss, Australia, WCPA
Grace Mwaura, Kenya, CEC
Melanie Zurba, Canada, CEESP
Dominic Stucker, Germany, CEC (advisor)

January 2015
The IPS Task Force is seeking a fifth Co-Convener to join our team in preparations for the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, US. We welcome all interested members to apply by February 16! See the details in this call.

We are grateful to Eduardo Jr. Arenas Hernandez of Mexico for his contributions as Co-Convener to youth engagement and IPS since the Jeju World Conservation Congress in 2012. We wish him well in his PhD studies at the University of Chicago and look forward to our paths crossing again!

October 2014
IPS Strategy submitted for IUCN Council Review
The Strategy for Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership for 2014-2018 was submitted to the Director-General Julia Marton-Lefèvre and will be reviewed by the IUCN Council in November. Specific requests developed in the Strategy include:
  1. Appointing an IPS Task Force liaison person in the Secretariat;
  2. Designating an IPS Task Force liaison person in the Council;
  3. Establishing the Intergenerational Fund;
  4. Establishing the Young Campion’s Award.



August 2014
Meeting with IUCN Director General and IPS Task Force Co-Conveners
IUCN Director General hosted an online meeting with the IPS Co-conveners on August 6. The Co-conveners sent IUCN Director General a summary report on the main recent achievements and with specific suggestions on how Resolution 8 could be given effect.



These are the notes from the meeting, outlining the next steps to be completed by the Task Force by September.



July 2014
Formal Recognition of IPS Task Force
Congratulations! The IUCN Council has formally recognized the Task force on Intergenerational partnership for Sustainability (IPS). The Co-conveners have been invited for an on-line meeting with the IUCN Director General and they shall be informing us on how Resolution 008 shall be implemented henceforth. Read the full decision C/83/8 here .


April 2013
The International Steering Committee for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 has reviewed Congress stream proposals and invited Parks Canada, working with the WCPA Young Professionals Specialist Group, the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication, and the IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability to lead Stream 8: "Inspiring a new generation."

This is a great achievement! Congratulations to the Conveners of the Task Force Working Group on Strategic Events and Partnerships, Elaine Hsiao, Sudeep Jana, and Rebecca Koss for submitting one proposal and to Grace Mwaura and the CEC Steering Committee for submitting another. The opportunity before the group now is to combine these two proposals into a robust WPC stream that not only "inspires a new generation," but is "inspired by the new generation!"

March 2013
Our Action Plan is now out. Read it here and identity Action Areas and Working Groups that you would like to join. We have updated the Working Groups and we are soon going to start working on our projects, do join the Working Groups to get involved!


February 2013
Thank to all those who participated in our IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability all-in Skype meeting organized on Tuesday February 12! You can read the meeting notes here in English and Spanish, as well as sign up for one of our Working Groups!



November 2012
The IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability is pleased to announce the publication of its interactive report on the Youth and Intergenerational Journey at Congress, including videos, photos, and highlighted achievements and aspirations!

November 2012
Co-Conveners, Core Team and Working Group Members 2012-1016
We successfully selected a committed team of Task Force Conveners, Core Team and Working Group Members early this month. You can view the full list here. The Core Team is currently finalizing the Action Plan, and we shall soon be convening the Working Groups. Feel free to send an email to Grace Mwaura at mwauragrace0@gmail.com if you are still interested in joining one of the Working Groups.

October 2012
Get Involved with IPS Task Force
We are currently looking for volunteers to join us in Co-Convening the IPS Task Force for the period 2012-2016, and joining the Core Team and our various Working Groups towards the implementation of the IPS Task Force Action plan 2012-2016. See more details on these positions in the meeting notes, below, and send an email to Grace Mwaura on mwauragrace0@gmail.com by the 21st October 2012.



Post-Congress Task Force Meeting
Thanks to all of you who joined us for the post-Congress Skype chat Task Force meeting on October 11, 2012 at 14:00-15:30 GMT. Find here below the notes (English and Spanish Versions) of the meeting. Many thanks to Eva Liliana for the Spanish translation of the notes. Join our Task Force listserv to get involved.




September 2012
Created by Mohammad Masum and colleagues of the IUCN Communications Team, this video features several youth voices from Congress, including Elaine Hsiao, Biozid Jessorey, Grace Mwaura, Eduardo Arenas, and Dominic Stucker. Well done, all! Leave a comment on the video on the IUCN website.



A video by photographer Mattias Klum on emotion as inspiration for action and intergenerational equity. Check out our photos from Congress - and add your own! View our newly-created Intergenerational Dialogues blog. Read emerging reports from Congress events, both official and informal - and add your own reflections! The above is being compiled into a report on the Youth and Intergenerational Partnership Journey at Congress, to be shared widely.

September 2012
Contribute virtually to an IUCN Congress workshop hosted by President Ashok Khosla on vision, goals, and actions for youth engagement and intergenerational partnership within and through the IUCN by Tweeting to #Forum0981 from 11-13h Korea time on Saturday, Sept 7. Learn more here.

August 2012
Our Task Force flyer, designed by Simran Vedvyas, highlights youth and intergenerational events at Congress, plus related Motions and Caroline Seagle's Councilor campaign:


August 2012
The Task Force is unveiling the winning intergenerational logo design prior to Congress so that it can be used for initiatives and projects leading up to and beyond Congress. Take a sneak peak of the new Intergenerational Logo now!

August 2012
The Task Force is collecting action ideas for youth engagement and collaboration across generations in each Commission for our 2013-2016 Action Plan. The Action Plan will be formalized at the World Conservation Congress in South Korea in September. We want to hear from you! Based on your Commission membership, please fill out the appropriate survey by 22 August:

August 2012
On 23 August, twenty-six Task Force members from across Commissions, the Secretariat, and Member Organizations met online to hear progress reports from Working Groups and plan final steps leading up to Congress. Please find notes here in English and Spanish with French to follow.




July 2012
A new IUCN logo to highlight intergenerational partnership for sustainability has been selected! The logo can be used when there is a special emphasis on youth engagement and collaboration across generations in Council, Secretariat, Commission, and Member projects, appearing beside the IUCN, Commission, or Member logo. Read more here.

July 2012
Twenty-three Task Force members from all Commissions met online on July 5 to plan the next steps to Congress. Please find the notes here in English, French, Russian, and Spanish:






June 2012
signature_combination_with_slogan_horizontal_combination_english__34143.jpgAll-in IUCN Congress Prep Meeting: For Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership

Do you want to support the IUCN in better engaging youth and collaborating across generations to achieve conservation outcomes? If yes, read on!

We want to make a big impact at the IUCN Congress in Jeju this September, by demonstrating that youth:
  • are engaged in advancing the IUCN mission,
  • are collaborating across generations to advance this mission, and
  • want to open up further avenues for young people to get involved in the work of the Union.

We encourage young and senior professionals from across all Commissions, partners, and friends to join us in our preparations for Congress, whether or not you are able to attend the event. There is a role for everyone to play!

You are invited to a Skype text chat meeting organized by the Task Force at 14:00 GMT, Thursday, 5 July. The purpose of this meeting is to give a brief overview of Congress preparation efforts already underway and to form/supplement Working Groups to advance specific projects. Click here to learn more and sign up for the meeting.

May 2012
Caroline Seagle, a member of CEESP's Young Professionals Network, is running for the position of IUCN North American and Caribbean Regional Councilor with support from the Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability. Learn about her on the IUCN Congress website and leave a comment, or read an extended bio on our Wikispace. If you want to join Carolline's Campaign Team, please write to Dominic Stucker: dominic.stucker@gmail.com

May 2012
Six youth related Motions have been submitted to the IUCN Resolution Working Group, drafted by the IUCN Netherlands Committee, by IUCN Council President, Ashok Khosla, by Jeju's Bureau of Environment, and by the Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability:
  • The Child's Right to Nature and a Healthy Environment (IUCN Netherlands Committee)
  • Formalizing Youth Involvement and Intergenerational Partnerships for Conservation (Ashok Khosla)
  • Establishment of an IUCN World Youth Cooperation System for Environmental Conservation (Jeju Bureau of Environment)
  • Formalizing the Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability (Task Force)
  • Increasing Diversity of Generations across the Union (Task Force)
  • Establishing the IUCN Young Champions Award (Task Force)

We have been in discussion with Ashok and the Jeju Bureau of Environment about potentially merging our Motions. Motions will be voted on by IUCN Member Organizations and States at the World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea in September.

April 2012
The Task Force, with leadership from Rebecca Koss and others, has launched a logo competition. Design a logo by 15 June to be used by the Task Force alongside all youth engagement and intergenerational efforts within and through the IUCN! The winning logo will be unveiled at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in South Korea this September. Learn more about how to participate here.

December 2011
Our Jeju Congress workshop proposal on drafting an IUCN-wide action plan for youth engagement and intergenerational partnership, 2013-2016, was accepted! Thanks to Catie Burlando of CEESP for her leadership and to members of the Task Force for their inputs on the proposal.

October 2011
Task Force members collected input on the draft IUCN Program for 2013-2016 from across Commissions and synthesized it into a report. Editors and contributors included Catie Burlando (CEESP), Alvin Chandra (CEC and CEM), Sarah Dalrymple (CEC and SSC), Lisa Marika Jokivirta (CEC), Bruno Monteferri (CEL), Grace Mwaura (CEC and Council), and Dominic Stucker (CEC). Additional input and support was provided by Rod Abson (CEC), Frits Hesselink (CEC), Svetlana Kopylova (WCPA), Rebecca Koss (WCPA), and Anya Zavadskaya (WCPA).

September 2011
The Task Force surveyed all Commission Chairs on how to build on youth engagement and intergenerational partnership among their respective Commission members. The result was this Commission Chair survey report. CEC members Adriana Surez Delucchi, Lisa Marika Jokivirta and Dominic Stucker prepared the report.

September 2011
Inspired by IUCN Resolution 4.098 on Intergenerational Partnership, members of young professionals groups across Commissions, led by the CEC and Dominic Stucker, joined together with several senior colleagues to form the Task Force to promote youth engagement and intergenerational partnership in service of the IUCN’s vision of a "just world that values and conserves biodiversity."

Read more about the history of the Task Force, including earlier iterations.