Prepping for the conference

KALAHEO — Chipper Wichman, director and CEO of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, will discuss the importance of the world’s largest conservation conference coming to Hawaii in September 2016.

Wichman, who has been at the forefront of efforts to bring the International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress to Hawaii, will detail its importance at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kauai Community College cafeteria at the Campus Center in Puhi.

“All of us have the unprecedented opportunity to make this a transformational event for Hawaii and the world but to do that, we have to engage now,” Wichman said.

Environmental and climate leaders, policymakers and scientists will convene in Hawaii. Considered “the Olympics of conservation,” the WCC is held every four years, most recently in 2012 on Jeju island, South Korea. In its 67-year history, the Congress has never been hosted by the United States.

From Sept. 1-10, 2016, an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 delegates from over 160 countries will travel to Hawaii to discuss, debate, and strategize as the WCC sets the global agenda for environmental conservation for the next four years.

They’ll be at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.

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