Jean-Michel and Celine Cousteau Attended IUCN Congress in Hawaii

September 9, 2016 (Santa Barbara, CA)
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Santa Barbara, CA – The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) held their quadrennial World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii, this year, the first time the conference has been hosted by the United States in its 68-year history. Jean-Michel Cousteau and his daughter, Céline Cousteau, were in attendance alongside world leaders and decision makers to discuss the current status and future goals of conserving nature to improve social and economic development. The event included 9,500 delegates from over 190 countries, making it one of the largest environmental gatherings to date.

The World Conservation Congress followed on the momentum of conservation initiatives around the globe, including President Obama’s recent expansion of Hawaii’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, now the largest marine protected area in the world, as well as the United States ratification of the Paris Climate Accord to reduce the effects of climate change. Jean-Michel believes these actions are a clear sign that we can move forward together, as a global population, and find solutions to the greatest environmental problems we face.

Of the eighty-five conservation motions put to vote, the IUCN adopted all eighty-five, with some amendments. Some of these motions included actions to protect the vaquita, the most endangered marine mammal in the world, improving conservation of coral reefs, as well as strengthening business engagement in biodiversity preservation and recognizing the cultural and spiritual significance of nature in protected and conserved areas, among many others.

“I have never been so excited for the future of the planet,” says Jean-Michel Cousteau, who believes that more people, governments, and industries are realizing the value of the environment as critical to human health and economic well being. “Although there is much more work to be done, we are definitely moving in the right direction.”

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