First Mexican Forum of the IUCN

During the month of October, the "First Mexican Forum of the International Union for Conservation (IUCN)" was held in Mexico City, of which AMBIO is a member. This is the first event held in Mexico (with all its national partners) to almost 20 years of IUCN's presence in the country. The objective of the Forum was to create a space for the exchange of knowledge and participation among the IUCN partners in Mexico. Representatives of the six International Commissions attended, who introduce their activities, to incentive that more Mexican actors and institutions become part of the work.

At the national level, government, civil society partners participated and researchers from the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), as well as the regional director for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean of the IUCN and the representatives of the office in Mexico.

Being an event of great impact for conservation topics at the national level, the main concern are the activities carried out and pending to approach the species of the Red List, as well as, the efforts that are being made so that more species and Natural Protected Areas (ANP's) of Mexico become part of the Green List. The need for greater intersectoral collaboration was addressed, while recognizing the work of local efforts, was also part of the agenda. The importance of raising these topics to the political and economic agendas was also highlighted. A central theme, was the need to have a better know how in communication aspects.

Among the conclusions of this event, are: the need to strengthen the IUCN Commissions and include national issues; strengthen the participation of civil society, communities and indigenous peoples; open spaces for the participation of young people; continuity of these forums as the spaces for knowledge and feedback; strengthen of the Region for the participation in the IUCN global meetings for positioning relevant issues.


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