68th CIC General Assembly
9 - 12 June 2022
After due consultation with the Baltic states, the CIC President and Vice Presidents, as well as the Presidents of Divisions and Working Groups, it has been decided that the 68th General Assembly will go ahead as planned in Riga, Latvia on 9-12 June, 2022.
In addition to wanting to bring you a much-awaited General Assembly, the decision to go ahead with the event was also taken in view of rendering support to the Baltic States in these difficult times due to the ongoing conflict in their local region.
As with previous years, you can look forward to an exciting line-up of excursions, social functions and events that we have planned. However, we would like to inform you that the celebratory aspect of the General Assembly will be slightly toned down, out of respect to those impacted by recent world events.
Dear Friends and Members of the CIC,
It is an honour and a pleasure for me to invite you to attend the 68th General Assembly in Riga, Latvia.
Riga was the intended location of our General Assembly in 2020 before the global pandemic led to its eventual cancellation. This June we will see our plans finally come to fruition, and we are excited to meet with you all to explore wildlife issues, as well as to discover this amazing city together.
While our plans for Riga have largely stayed the same in this two-year period, global biodiversity and conservation issues have continued to intensify in all walks of life.
The time for action is most certainly now, but in order to act, we must first know what we are looking to change. With the majority of the public both uninformed and misinformed on critical conservation issues, we currently lack the foundations on which to build support for effective and meaningful conservation activities.
That is why we have chosen Communications as the theme for this year’s event, as well as the motto, “Conserve – Convene – Communicate.”
The global appetite for conservation action is something that already exists - it is now our job to stand up and educate people on the importance of sustainable use as a tool and service to support human well-being and wildlife.
In order to achieve this goal, there are several key questions that we should be asking ourselves. How do we better communicate our successes?
Can alliances aid in disseminating our message? What can we learn from those with differing views?
All of this and more will be explored in Riga, and I warmly welcome you to join us in tackling this momentous task.
On top of the conference portion of the General Assembly, we will also have the usual exciting line-up of excursions, social functions and events planned throughout your stay in Riga.
Not only will you be able to experience the sights and cultural elements that make this city so iconic, there will be amazing hunting opportunities on offer as well.
I hope to be able to share these experiences with you all later this year. Those of you that have not had the opportunity to visit the Baltics should use this as the perfect opportunity to do so.
Dr. Philipp Harmer
President of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC)
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