About the Congress
International Union for the Conservation of Nature: World Conservation Congress
Honolulu, Hawaii – September 1 – 10, 2016
Hawaii provides an important stage to discuss the potential role of new genomic tools could play in conservation. With more than 25,000 unique species, the islands are one of the most biologically diverse regions on earth. Unfortunately, this biodiversity is in crises; Hawaii has the highest extinction rate per square mile on the planet. A great many endemic species are threatened or endangered due to invasive diseases, plants, and animals.
Attendance: More than 10,000 passionate conservationists from around the globe – including representatives of 170 governments, leading scientists, NGOs, indigenous peoples, and businesses – convened at the world’s largest environmental and nature conservation event.