Professors Michael Pappas and Robert Percival made presentations at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress held in Honolulu, Hawaii in September 2016. The conference included more than 10,000 leaders from government, civil society, indigenous communities, faith and spiritual traditions, the private sector and academia from 160 countries. The theme of the conference, which is held every four years, was “Planet at the Crossroads”. It was the first time that the Congress was held in the United States.
Percival was one of the speakers on a panel on “Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & the Conservation of Nature,” held at the Hawaii Convention Center on September 4. On September 5, he spoke on “Realizing the Economic Advantages of Clean Energy for the Conservation of Nature: A Mandate for IUCN,” at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law. Pappas presented at the Hawaii Convention Center on September 5 as part of a panel addressing “Property Rights, Ecosystem Services, and Land Conservation: Using Property Law to Protect Private Protected Areas.”
At the conclusion of the week-long conference, IUCN members approved a document called that “Hawaii Commitments” that stresses the importance of meeting “the major global challenges of species loss, ecosystem decline and climate change with their profound impacts on human life and well-being.” It recognized the need to strengthen the environmental rule of law and hailed the establishment of environmental courts in more than 50 nations.