Every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) convenes conservation leaders to set the future of nature and sustainable development. In spite of delays due to COVID-19, the 2020 Congress is moving forward from September 3 – 11, 2021. This event is a powerful opportunity to generate global agreements on nature-based solutions and make progress towards 2030 ocean conservation goals.
A major focus during the Congress is the ever-growing threat of climate change. With the new The State of the World’s Mangroves report, world leaders have cutting edge information on the range of strengths of mangrove ecosystems, including the incredible volume of carbon they can lock away beneath their roots. Beyond just carbon storage, mangroves provide protection from storm surges, fuel livelihoods, support both marine and terrestrial wildlife, and are valued by cultures around the world. During this Congress, leaders must recognize and advocate for the restoration and protection of mangroves as a key nature-based solution to the stable future of our planet.
See the links below to find where you can hear more of the incredible ways mangroves help our planet, and the threats that they face, during the IUCN WCC:
Taking Climate Action through Increasing Mangrove Cover: The State of the World’s Mangroves – available throughout the Congress