press release of June 21st 2018

"Les Rencontres de Fontainebleau" will bring together leaders and international specialists in nature, culture, agriculture, rights, and economics, as well as representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities, to chart a new agenda across IUCN, focused on a better future for nature and people in sustainable cultural landscapes. The event will focus in particular on the future of cultural landscapes, including the places that have been created through agricultural, pastoralist and sacred use. It will address the shifts in thinking, policy, practice and financing that are necessary to secure conservation of nature and benefits for people in a time of rapid change. Issues include how to create agricultural and pastoral economies that not only meet needs for food, but protect biodiversity and support cultural practices that have shaped the biodiverse landscapes valued by so many people. The event will also address the experience of indigenous peoples in securing protection and conservation of the cultural, natural and spiritual values of their territories, and also the leadership role of communities of faith in landscape conservation. Open to all - Inscription requested, within the limit of available places.