In this interview, Maud Lelièvre discusses the mobilisation of local authorities as well as the priority issues for the IUCN congress.

This year, 2021, marked the 30th anniversary of the Eco Action Awards: 30 years of awards given to innovative local authorities.

This edition is remarkable from three points of view:

The first is that from the outset we wanted to make a competition based on reproducibility; a successful gamble since a certain number of prizes awarded in recent years have given rise to projects in other communities

The second point: a competition based on sharing, we hope that the local authorities that win will be able to welcome elected representatives and their departments from other territories to increase the exchange of experience.

And finally, public awareness is at the heart of the objectives.

Despite the crisis, the Eco Mayors’ network has never been so mobilised. The health crisis is also a wake-up call. A certain number of people who still had doubts about the climate and biodiversity issues have rethought their eating habits by opting for a local and circular short circuit, new mobility policies, a sustainable city, etc.

This year will also be marked by the World Conservation Congress in September.

The challenge will be, beyond the decisions that will be adopted to face the biodiversity crisis, to integrate local authorities as members of IUCN in the future.

Even more so at the French level where the challenge is to deploy the new national biodiversity strategy in the territories from December 2021.


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