BIOSEC team at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

BIOSEC Project team members at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

Dr George Iordăchescu, Dr Jared Margulies & Prof Rosaleen Duffy will join virtually to present their work at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

Dr George Iordăchescu will present an e-poster at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille taking place between 3rd – 11th September. The poster corresponds to the original speaker pitch session on Conservation law enforcement technologies and ethical issues organised together with Dr Laure Joanny.

George Iordachescu

The session assesses and contextualizes the ethical aspects of deploying innovative technologies for conservation purposes. Taking the fight against illegal logging in Romania as a study case, the research points to critical understanding of the impact of technology in changing the geographies of environmental crime. The aim of this session is to raise awareness and foster discussion around the challenges posed by surveillance technologies amongst an interested professional audience and highlight potential areas for IUCN involvement on the matter. 


George will be also contributing to a thematic session titled Euro-Mediterranean ICCAs: Commons for nature conservation and resilience of local communities.

The sessions will bring together experts and community representatives for an in-depth discussion of five emblematic territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs) from the European and Mediterranean region to explore opportunities and threats to their conservation models.  

The session will take place onsite on 6th September from 16:00 (CET) and will be livestreamed, check the official programme for details. 


Professor Rosaleen Duffy will be part of the roundtable  discussion #WCC_43268 Conflict Zones in Troubled Environments, 5 September 14.00-15.30 (CET). This session brings together a panel of diverse stakeholders engaged in conservation in places of conflict, whether these are violent armed conflicts, social conflicts or human-wildlife conflicts. The panel will share experiences from the ground, lessons learned in sustaining conservation during times of conflict, advice on conflict-sensitivity and provide an opportunity for audience members to contribute their own stories, precautions and wisdom. Through knowledge-sharing and networking, this session’s objective is to improve conservation in places of conflict and especially to support conservationists working in sensitive



Dr Jared Margulies has convened a panel on overcoming plant blindness in illegal wildlife trade debates.

The panel will examine how the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is a key driver of species extinction and fundamentally disrupts the landscapes in which species live. This dynamic is widely recognised for fauna, and tackling IWT is now central to landscape management. However, illegal trade in plants is regularly overlooked. The targeted exploitation of species of flora–for food, medicines and ornaments–is a growing challenge to sustainable landscapes. The problem is aggravated by “plant blindness” that often leads us to overlook plants in our policies, research and action. This session will highlight emerging opportunities–including for “animal people”–to engage in protecting flora from illegal trade that can bring the transformational change needed to make plants visible. The panel of plant IWT experts will highlight opportunities to ensure efforts to combat IWT are mindful of plants as essential to sustainable landscapes. More information about the panel and speakers is  here 


You can find more information via the Official Programme.