Barcelona hosts World Conservation Congress

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A 10-day congress to address global environmental issues, organized by IUCN, started Saturday in Barcelona.

6 October 2008

BARCELONA -- A world nature conservation congress began Saturday in Barcelona, bringing together 8,000 representatives to discuss global issues such as climate change, biodiversity, food safety and how to meet the needs of growing markets.

The delegates range from scientists, business leaders and government officials to royalty such as Prince Albert of Monaco and environmentalists like CNN founder Ted Turner.

The 10-day congress is organized by the Swiss-based International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), founded in 1948 as the first global environmental network.

On Monday, the IUCN will release its 2008 “Red List of Threatened Species”, which now includes 41,000 species.

The talks will address several topics of particular concern to Spain, including sustainable tourism.

[El Pais / Expatica]

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