Once every four years, IUCN convenes its Regional Conservation Fora as a crucial platform for the IUCN Members, Commissions and the Secretariat to prepare for the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress. Bringing IUCN constituents from two Statutory Regions – West Europe, and East Europe, North and Central Asia, RCF 2024 will be a major opportunity to present their work and sustainable development issues and conservation priorities from the global to regional perspectives, advance the next IUCN quadrennial programme and help inform and steer IUCN’s strategic direction in the regions.

Set to meet the highest standards in sustainability, and based on the principles of diversity and inclusion, RCF 2024 will aim to:

  • Draw inspiration: To draw inspiration from the diversity of ideas, knowledge tools and practices offered by IUCN and its partners.
  • Build networks: To provide an opportunity for IUCN Members, experts and partners from the two regions to reinforce existing and forge new partnerships.
  • Identify areas of collaboration: To identify areas of mutual interest for collaborative actions across the two regions and present ideas for motions for the Congress.
  • Formulate priorities: To discuss and formulate priorities of relevance for the region and ensure their consideration during deliberations on the draft IUCN programme.

Envisaged as an intersection between the two regions, the Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North and Central Asia 2024 is a collaborative effort by the Government of Flanders, the city of Bruges, the IUCN Belgian Focal Point, local partners and IUCN. 

About the Forum

RCF24ENCA will gather around 400 delegates, including IUCN Member organisations from the regions, experts and scientists from IUCN Commissions, representatives of the private sector, partner organisations and institutions, donors and foundations, and Host City representatives.  
The first day programme will be open for all, and will include the official opening of the Forum, High-Level Talks, Thematic Sessions and Forum Fair centred on RCF24ENCA priority themes and transformational pathways. Other two days of the programme will be open only for IUCN Members and Commissions, focusing on preparations for the IUCN Congress 2025 through discussions on the Motions process, draft IUCN Programme and 20 year vision, and regional priorities.


Programme     Themes and Pathways      Logistics 


IUCN is thrilled to announce that the registration is now open for the highly anticipated Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North and Central Asia (RCF24ENCA) which will take place in Bruges, 30 September - 3 October 2024. Sign up for the Forum, social events and excursions

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