Mrs. Mahnaz Kadhemi, member of Environmental Citizenship Program, of the Bahrain Women Association for Human Development (BWA), participated in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress from 1-10 September 2016 in Hawaii (USA). The theme for this year’s IUCN Congress is ‘Planet at the Crossroads’.
Mrs. Kadhemi was keen and proud to represent the Kingdom of Bahrain during her participation in workshops, discussion cafes, and social events, especially that Bahrain was not much familiar for many participants
During the opening ceremony, the IUCN President touched the hearts of the participants with a very emotional but realistic speech, referring to the status of our planet and the consequences of Human Acts towards it, and the need to move the planet from tipping point, to turning point. The President concluded his speech inspiring the audience with hope, and stressing that there is no room for despair and frustration, and as a support to his statement, he referred to the high number of participants attending the congress, more than 10 thousand. This number, states the President, reflects the interest of a large segment of environmentalists, conservation specialists, scientists, etc. He also stressed that the success of all international and regional treaties and conventions relies on how they are transformed rapidly and urgently into sustainable actions.
Mrs. Kadhemi throughout her participation in different sessions spared no efforts to express and interact with valid points in respect of climate change, consumption, global warming and other crucial and persisting environmental issues. She presented a short Film produced by BWA called “Environmentalist by Nature” showing the role of local communities and indigenous peoples in deepening the values and principles that supports nature preservation for them and their coming generations. The audience were impressed with the film and the cultural and knowledgeable approaches of the ancestors in Kingdom of Bahrain.