Join Chipper Wichman on Tuesday, November 1 as he shares the history, execution, and the far-reaching impacts of the recent World Conservation Congress (WCC). This free talk will start at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Kaua‘i Community College Campus Center.

Chipper, Director and CEO of the nonprofit National Tropical Botanical Garden, was at the forefront in the years-long effort to attract the Congress to Hawai‘i, the first time in the 67-year history of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature this global event has taken place in the United States. He will discuss how the state successfully bid against international competition to secure the 10-day conference which drew more than 10,000 attendees from 192 countries.

In his talk, Chipper will examine how Hawai‘i’s rich endemic flora and fauna, strong conservation community, and deep ties between Hawaiian culture and the environment shaped this year’s Congress and increased international awareness of the state’s own conservation efforts. He will review some of the specific motions adopted, explain The Hawai‘i Commitments, and discuss how the Kaua‘i Conservation Alliance and others played an important role in the WCC.

The “What in the World” lecture series is one of many collaborations between the nonprofit National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kaua‘i Community College. Both NTBG and KCC share a common goal of quality education to truly change lives. NTBG is a not-for-profit institution, headquartered in Kalāheo. KCC, which is part of the University of Hawai‘i system, operates a large campus in Puhi.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Margaret Clark at (808) 332-7324 ext. 225 at least 10 days in advance.

For information on the institutions, visit their respective websites at www.ntbg.org and kauai.hawaii.edu

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