IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
The (IUCN) International Union for the Conservation of Nature asked us to make a film documenting the incredible IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016. Since its start as the IUCN General Assembly in 1948, the IUCN World Conservation Congress has grown in scope and prominence to become the largest and most democratic recurring conservation event in the world. A United Nations Sustainable Development meeting that takes places once every four years, the IUCN Congress brings top scientists and academics together with world leaders and decision makers from governments, civil society, indigenous communities, and business. Together, they share the latest in conservation science, launch new initiatives, and decide on actions to address pressing conservation and sustainable development challenges. The knowledge shared and the decisions made over those 10 days helps define our shared path to a sustainable future and move historic global climate and sustainable development agreements into action.
Ecodeo had a 10-person crew on the ground covering this enormous event. We conducted 35 interviews, filmed hundreds of sessions, and interviewed climate heroes and UN delegates and ambassadors such as Jane Goodall and E.O. Wilson, UNFCCC’s Christina Espinoza, Antonio Benjamin, Inger Anderson.
Although we produced a targeted five-minute main video in English with subtitled versions in French and Spanish to inspire participants, highlight outcomes, and show the Congress’s global relevance and significance, much of the photographic and documentary video content we captured was designed to be used in communications after the event and in the lead-up to the 2020 Congress, as well as on social media platforms. We also produced six designed, thematic videos focused on different aspects of sustainable development. In the end, Ecodeo delivered a substantial content package for IUCN to use as a comprehensive media and communications tool over the next few years, helping to keep critical conservation narratives activated within their vast global networks.