Taking green footsteps to IUCN World Parks Congress, Sydney 2014

We are committed to reducing the emission of Greenhouse gasses (GHG) associated with IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. IUCN staff will purchase carbon credits to offset GHG emissions for travel and shipping to the Congress and we facilitate opt-in to carbon offsets for event delegates.

As a world leader in environmental sustainability, IUCN has created the IUCN Carbon Offset Policy to address GHGs that are created through their activities.

We strongly encourage all delegates to offset their air travel-related emissions and have developed a system to facilitate this. To simplify the process of paying to offset the GHG emissions associated with your travel, we have categorised travel distances depending on the point of origin, so that payments are calculated in increments of AUD$25, ranging from AUD$25 to AUD$150 contribution depending on distance travelled by air.

Guests can view this information as part of their registration process. For registered delegates who may have missed this option, please email the Congress Secretariat.

Carbon Offset Projects

By paying to offset your air travel GHG emissions you will be directly supporting projects designed to reduce GHG emissions through forest rehabilitation and through protecting critically threatened forests from further destruction.

The projects are in safe hands, with independently verified GHG-reduction results, and positive forest community outcomes. Funds raised will support two forest-based carbon offsetting projects:

Uganda

The rehabilitation project in project is restoring the Kibale National Park with 30 varieties of indigenous trees, and ensuring the long-term function of the forest as a carbon sink.

The Kibale National Park is one of the last remaining tropical forests in Uganda. It harbours the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa and is home to at least 350 tree species. Over the past century however, population pressures and unsustainable land use have severely degraded the national park. As the rainforest grows back to its natural state, the amount of carbon it holds also grows.

The project also provides hundreds of seasonal and permanent jobs each year which benefit local communities. The positive effects of the project are assured with validation provided by the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) and run in conjunction with Face The Future and Uganda Wildlife Authority.

More information about this project.

Indonesia

This project works to conserve critically threatened tropical forest ecosystems, in turn protecting the habitat of Critically Endangered Sumatran tiger, Sumatran elephant and Bornean orangutan.

Your offsetting funds will support forest-dependent communities to gain legal rights to their customary forest areas as ‘Village Forests’ and build their capacity to govern, benefit from, and protect these forests from intense threats. This ensures no further loss of critical forests and habitat. It allows the community to access payments for climate services that will reward long-term protection of these unique Village Forests and allow investment in activities that enhance community well-being.

The project’s positive effects are assured with project validation provided by Plan Vivo and run by Fauna & Flora International.

More information about this project.

Read our sustainability policy:

We have developed an Event Sustainability Policy, which details more of our commitments and guides our purchasing and event design decisions. Download the Congress Sustainability Policy.

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