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FANRPAN to participate at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress
Barcelona, Spain
5 October 2008 - 14 October 2008


FANRPAN CEO, Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda has been invited to participate at the IUCN World Forum on “Ecosystems and food: What role for conservation in enhancing food security for the rural poor?” taking place in Barcelona from the 6th - 9th of October 2008. Dr. Sibanda will represent the 'grassroots' on a facilitated multisectoral panel discussing ecosystems and food security for the rural poor with a special focus on gender. The panel discussion will feature experts from the conservation, research, development and private sector communities.

The objectives of the panel discussion are to;
  1. share current knowledge on the linkages between ecosystems and food security, and discuss the role of ecosystem conservation and of the conservation community in enhancing food security for the rural poor;
  2. learn from experiences and lessons of members, commissions and partners working on food security and ecosystem conservation;
  3. share highlights of IUCN work and seek input from participants on IUCN's most valuable role in enhancing food security for the rural poor;
  4. initiate a community of practice and partnerships for development and future implementation of a programme of work on food security.
The forum is part of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2008 where more than 800 events will take place during the four days of the Forum. For more information on the congress visit, www.iucn.org/congress. CSOs wishing to make an input should contact Dr Sibanda on lmsibanda@fanrpan.org

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