International Business Association of Phuket
Next Meeting on May 13th 7pm at IndoChine Kalim
Please RSVP to Sue Ma
08 5796 9898
Phukets GREEN FUTURE is getting good momentum, and is fortunate to be getting the support, experience and resources of the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s largest foundation supporting a better world with over 11,000 scientists and professionals.
Speaking will be Robert Mather, the new Bangkok based Director for Asia who has been studying Phuket and the Indian Ocean coastline. He is co-operating with national park chiefs and the Thai government to better support mangroves, introduce long term sustainability and help communicate between all interested parties.
IndoChine Beach Club, Kalim
Friday May 13th, 2011
Doors Open: 6:15 PM
program: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
- Visitors: 400 Baht
- Members: 200 Baht
- Students: 100 Baht
Robert Mather earned a PhD from Cambridge University in 1992, working on gibbons in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.
In 1993-4 he coordinated a large project for the Huay Kha Kaeng-Thung Yai Naresuan World Heritage site, in western Thailand, and subsequently established the WWF Thailand Office in 1995, taking it from a start-up operation of 2 people to a nationally well-known organization of 60 by 2004.
Robert helped develop, provide technical support for, and supervise implementation of projects working on conservation of elephants, tigers, and marine turtles, as well as a number of environmental education programs, protected areas management work and a major campaign on the illegal wildlife trade.
He also initiated a number of innovative partnerships with the private sector. Robert started to work on Mekong issues in 2001 and from 2005-2008 led WWF’s Living Mekong Program based out of Vientiane, focused on environmental issues in hydropower development, conservation of priority sites throughout the basin, Mekong Dolphins, Mekong Giant Catfish as well as wetlands management and local livelihoods.
Robert joined IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in September 2008 and was initially responsible for IUCN’s program in 3 countries – Laos, Cambodia and Viet Nam.
In addition to providing overall management responsibility and supervision of IUCN’s work in these three countries, Robert has also been involved in a number of IUCN flagship initiatives in the region – including Livelihoods and Landscapes (LLS), Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) and Mangroves for the Future (MFF).
Starting in 2011 he is additionally responsible for developing IUCN’s presence and program in Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, as well as managing a new project on Building Coastal Resilience to Climate Change in 8 provinces of Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam.
Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a unique partner-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. It provides a collaborative platform among the many different agencies, sectors and countries who are addressing challenges to coastal ecosystem and livelihood issues, to work towards a common goal.
What is IUCN?
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.
IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network – a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries.
IUCN’s work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. The Union’s headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, Switzerland.
IUCN at a glance
- Founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization
- Today the largest professional global conservation network
- A leading authority on the environment and sustainable development
- More than 1,000 member organizations in 140 countries including 200+ government and 800+ non-government organizations
- Almost 11,000 voluntary scientists and experts, grouped in six Commissions
- A neutral forum for governments, NGOs, scientists, business and local communities to find pragmatic solutions to conservation and development challenges
- Thousands of field projects and activities around the world
- Governance by a Council elected by member organizations every four years at the IUCN World Conservation Congress
- Funded by governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, foundations, member organizations and corporations
- Official Observer Status at the United Nations General Assembly
IUCN’s vision and mission
Our vision is a just world that values and conserves nature.
Our mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.
What does IUCN do?
Knowledge: IUCN develops and supports cutting-edge conservation science, particularly on biodiversity and ecosystems and how they link to human wellbeing.
Action: IUCN runs thousands of field projects around the world to better manage natural environments.
Influence: IUCN supports governments, NGOs, international conventions, UN organizations, companies and communities to develop laws, policy and best-practice.
Empowerment: IUCN helps implement laws, policy and best-practice by mobilizing organizations, providing resources and training, and monitoring results.
Why does the world need IUCN?
How do we balance the needs of people with the needs of the planet that supports us?
Nature, directly or indirectly, provides our clean air, food, water, shelter, energy, soil, medicines and protection from natural disasters, as well as recreation, inspiration, diversity and beauty.
But for social and economic development, we must continue to reduce poverty and improve people’s lives and this has a great bearing on nature.
How do we make the best decisions, based on sound science rather than political dogma, and involve all the sectors of society who are affected by those decisions?
For 60 years, IUCN has led the development of conservation science and knowledge, and brought together governments, NGOs, scientists, companies and community organizations to help the world make better conservation and development decisions.
IUCN was founded in October 1948 as the International Union for the Protection of Nature (or IUPN) following an international conference in Fontainebleau, France.
The organization changed its name to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 1956 with the acronym IUCN (or UICN in French and Spanish). This remains our full legal name to this day.
Use of the name “World Conservation Union”, in conjunction with IUCN, began in 1990. From March 2008 this name is no longer commonly used.