President's Report 2014

Clement Lanthier, IUCN President
(Presented by Mike Wong)

Clement Lanthier

Four priorities established at the 2013 AGM continue as priorities for 2014:

Connecting Canadians to Nature, the World Parks Congress 2014, the National Conservation Plan and finally Improvement of the governance of the IUCN.

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By-law Revisions

To bring CC-IUCN into alignment with new Federal Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, several bylaws were changed at the Annual General Meeting.  One revision was the establishment of membership categories to differentiate between members of both CC-IUCN and IUCN, members of only CC-IUCN, and non-voting honorary members of CC-IUCN.

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Preparations for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

CCIUCN members worked during the AGM to prepare for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, to be held in Sydney, Australia in October, is a global forum on protected areas.

The congress  theme “Parks, People, Planet” will provide an opportunity for delegates to present, discuss and generate innovative approaches for conservation and development.

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Strengthening IUCN’s Role in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability

IUCN is taking steps to raise its profile, leadership and influence both within and outside of the conservation community, and to strengthen its membership, governance and structure to more effectively fulfill its mission, Regional Councillor for North America and the Caribbean George Greene and Frank Hawkins reported during the AGM.

The Union aims to see tangible improvements in IUCN leadership from local to global levels on the governance of conservation and nature’s use. The Union also wants to see IUCN-supported change in extremely important decision making processes for conservation and sustainability, both locally and globally. Lastly IUCN wants to reduce the gaps between policy implementation and the results seen on the ground, particularly through the use of more nature-based solutions in addressing such issues as climate change, food security and sustainable development.

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Youth Share Ideas on Connecting with Nature

Youth delegates from across Canada shared their ideas on getting young people involved in conservation at the CCIUCN Annual General Meeting.

Twelve of the youth presented their ideas on what they believe are viable options to achieve this, including several excellent presentations on work these young people have already done in their communities to encourage the connection with nature and the outdoors.

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