Following on from the highly successful event held in June 2021 ahead of COP26 (Climate Change) in Glasgow, the IGU (in collaboration with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Royal Geographical Society) is co-hosting a second international gathering – this time in connection with COP15 on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

This is an opportunity for geographers to come together to discuss what we can do as a community to help address the global biodiversity crisis.  All geographers are invited to participate, kindly circulate the details as follows:

International Geographical Societies Gathering ahead of COP15

Wednesday 30th March

14:00 – 18:00 BST

Online via Zoom

All are warmly invited to this online gathering of the world’s geographical societies ahead of COP15 of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming.

This meeting is first and foremost an opportunity to come together and challenge ourselves to explore what we can do as a community to address this vital issue of our times: the biodiversity crisis.

We will hear from speakers including:

Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biodiversity

Yadvinder Malhi, Professor of Ecosystem Science, University of Oxford

Keping Ma, Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Andrés Guhl, Professor of Geography, University of the Andes

Jojo Mehta, Executive Director, Stop Ecocide International

And there will be plenty of opportunity for discussions, questions, and debate.

To participate, please RSVP to, stating your name, role, institution, and/or society (if applicable), and feel free to share with colleagues.