Inter-Island Environment Meeting 2020

17th September 2020

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20th Anniversary marked by first virtual Inter-Island Meeting

The IIEM is held annually and each Channel Island takes turns to host it. It provides an opportunity for governments, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and interested parties to come together from across the Crown Dependencies and further afield to discuss the valuable work they are undertaking to conserve local and global environments.

The first Inter-Island Environment Meeting was held in Guernsey in 2000 and since then has grown, with involvement from delegates from France, the UK and other Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.

This year’s IIEM has gone virtual due to the uncertainty of travel around the COVID-19 pandemic.

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So what's it all about?

Day 1 – looking back

The United Nation’s Decade of Biodiversity is coming to an end in 2020. Day 1, is looking back at the projects that have taken place over the last decade. This is an opportunity for speakers to review what has been learnt about our island’s biodiversity and assess the progress made in the last 10 years.

Day 2 – looking forward

2020 is also the start of the United Nation’s Decade of Ecosystem Restoration and Day 2 will be working with this theme to plan for the future. Climate change mitigation and adaptation, water and food security, economic growth, and biodiversity conservation all depend on thriving, well-functioning ecosystems. Speakers will be looking at ways to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems within our islands.

Delegates will also hear about updates to on-going projects previously presented at the IIEM, and about Guernsey’s new Strategy for Nature.