Side event details

World Coastal Forum
Day and time
08.11.2022 13:15
Lead organization
BIrdLife International
Partner organization(s)
Eco-Foundation Global Ministry of Natural Resources of China National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China Yancheng Municipal People's Government, China World Coastal Forum Establishment Group members (to be added)

This will be the official launch of the World Coastal Forum (WCF) ( WCF has been developed by a consortium of international NGOs as a response to Convention on Wetlands Resolution XIII.20, Promoting the conservation & wise use of intertidal wetlands & ecologically-associated habitats (2018) and Resolutions/Decisions of CMS (2017), CBD (2018) & IUCN (2020). Preparations for this launch, underway for more than a year, have been enabled by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) of the People’s Republic of China through the WCF Establishment Group (WCFEG) coordinated by Eco Foundation Global & BirdLife International, in line with the Initiative Document agreed at an international event hosted by MNR in January 2022. It will feature reports from the WCFEG on background & progress including:

a) launching Terms of Reference for the first initiatives of the WCF, including a regularly repeated State of the World’s Coastal Ecosystems report & Toolkit on coastal ecosystem protection, sustainable management & restoration
b) introducing the programme of work of the WCF & work plan of the WCF Secretariat
c) announcing the host city & dates in 2023 of the first meeting of the WCF.



Opening Remarks by the moderator

• Dr. Zhang Zhanhai, Chief Engineer, Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), China

Speeches by leaders

• Dr. Wang Hong, Vice Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources; Administrator, State Oceanic Administration, China

• Dr. Liu Dongsheng, Deputy Director General of National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA), China

• Dr. Bruno Oberle, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

• Ms. Patricia Zurita, CEO of BirdLife International

Introduction to background and development of the World Coastal Forum (WCF)

• Mr. Zhang Xinsheng, Chair of WCF Establishment Group, President of the IUCN (2012-2021)

Discussion on preparation of WCF 2023

• Ms. Chen Danhong, Director General, International Cooperation Department, MNR, China

• Mr. Vincent Szleper, Deputy Head, Coastal and Marine Division, Water and Biodiversity Directorate, Ministry of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, France

• Mr. Dong Ye, Assistant Director General, Department of Wetland Management, NFGA, China

• Mr. Michael Mitzikos, Mayor of South Pelion, Argalasti, Magnesia, Greece

• Mr. Jerker Tamelander, Director, Science and Policy, Ramsar Secretariat

• Mr. Doug Watkins, Chief Executive, EAAF Partnership Secretariat

• Mr Tim Badman, Head – Heritage, Culture and Youth, IUCN

• Ms Beccy Speight, Chief Executive, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

• Ms. Sarah Fowler, Chief Executive, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

• Mr. Alex Zhang, Secretary General of Eco Foundation Global, Co-Coordinator of WCF Establishment Group

Announcement of the Host City of WCF 2023

• Ms. Xu Ying, Secretary of the CPC Committee of Yancheng Municipality, Jiangsu Province, China