29 January 2009

IUCN launches a new opinion page

The world oldest and largest environmental organization is launching a new opinion page on its website, starting today with an article on President Obama written by IUCN’s President, Mr. Ashok Khosla.

“Because we are a science-based organization and because we are also a membership organization, we tend to avoid controversies,” said Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN. “While we, as an organization, will maintain our scientific rigor and strict neutrality in defending nature conservation, we wanted to provide our experts and members a space to freely express themselves, get feedback from a wide audience and generate informed debates around the big issues of our time.”

The page, called “Opinions”, wants to become a place where experts, scientists and people active in the field can share their views and knowledge about pressing environmental issues. The lightly moderated page will allow for visitors to post comments and opinions.

from the IUCN News site

The introduction to the Opinions Page reads:
IUCN is an organization that built its enviable reputation on science and on the contributions of all its members. This combination of the need for both accuracy and democratic legitimacy can at times slow down our capacity to react to current events or to express opinions that are not “official positions”. While it is clear that the views expressed on this page are not necessarily those of IUCN, we expect them to be in accordance with its vision of “a just world that values and conserves nature”.

Read more on the Opinions Page of the IUCN

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