Held under the theme Bridges to Biodiversity, the 70th General Assembly in Cascais (18-21 April 2024) promises to be an opportunity for us to celebrate our shared passion for sustainable use.
As part of our action-packed agenda this coming April, we will be exploring environmental issues, all through the lens of the CIC’s role as a convener within the conservation sector.
The General Assembly Program below gives a preview of some of the topics we will be diving into together with all of you, as well as the high-level speakers and Technical Sessions we have lined up. Please note that the Program may be subject to change over the coming weeks.
In addition – as part of a new format – Division Presidents will be leading a number of our Sessions, shaping our exploration into wildlife issues through the lens of the CIC’s extended Network.
Another first for us will be the introduction of break-out Sessions, allowing attendees to engage in topics that truly interest them and in a more interactive format.
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The National Palace of Mafra (Excursion)
The National Palace of Mafra is a baroque architectural complex consisting of a royal palace, basilica, convent, garden and enclosure. Built in 1711 by King João V to fulfill a vow for the birth of a first-born son, the Mafra Palace hosts a variety of impressive collections and artefacts, contributing to the site being listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019.
For this Palace, King João V commissioned sculptures and paintings from Italian and Portuguese masters, Italian vestments, French tapestries and – in Flanders – two carillons with 92 bells. It also boasts a set of six historic organs in the basilica, on top of a library with around 30,000 volumes, making it the largest collection of books in a single room throughout all of Europe. From the convent nucleus, the infirmary stands out as a notable feature – the only surviving part from its original construction.