IIED and partner events at the World Conservation Congress 2020

Date: 3 to 11 September 2021
Where: Marseille, France and online

IIED nature-climate policy lead Ebony Holland outlines IIED's activities at the World Conservation Congress 

This page summarises the activities of IIED and our partners during the 2020 World Conservation Congress, focusing on side events and Post-2020 Pavilion events.

A host of events took place at the delayed 2020 World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France, from 3 to 11 September 2021.

It was organised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the French government, and the global nature conservation community – including top international experts in conservation science, policy and practice, States, civil society and Indigenous Peoples – came together to decide the most pressing issues and how to address them, including the development of a new Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).

The conference was a key milestone in the 2021 ‘super year’ and IIED researchers and partners were present both in person and virtually to contribute to the GBF and ensure that the final framework is not just good for nature, but good for people too.

Throughout the congress IIED showcased a number of projects that focus on biocultural heritage, ecosystem-based adaptation, social assessment of protected areas, debt management, food systems and forests.


Anne Schulthess (, marketing manager, IIED's Communications Group