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IUCN World Parks Congress

Our climate change line-up for Congress is looking more and more exciting, with more than 50 sessions and a great array of speakers. Our latest star is deforestation and climate campaigner Jeff Horowitz, who's a co-producer and story consultant for the Emmy award-winning ‘Years of Living Dangerously.' Did you know slash and burn agriculture creates more carbon pollution than all the cars, trains and planes in the world? Jeff will be speaking and showing his powerful deforestation episode “The Last Stand'.

As world leaders join the UN Secretary –General at Climate Summit 2014 this month, there's a sense that change is in the air. IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 will also focus on galvanising action, with inspiring stories of natural solutions, new tools for adaptation and decision-making and the latest in climate communication techniques.

Why not join one of the climate change field trips? Perhaps the Low Carbon Tourism trip in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney or Crossing the Divide, one of the world's largest conservation connectivity projects.

It's not too late – get your colleagues to register now.


Our specially designed Congress field trips are once in a lifetime opportunities to get up close and personal to some of Australia's great national parks and conservation projects. Bring your partner or colleagues – field trips are not restricted to Congress delegates.

Discover what's being done to protect the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Be part of citizen science in action on a coastal wilderness bioblitz to Sydney's south. Visit the multicultural city of Melbourne and discover how park health initiatives are changing lives. Or immerse yourself in stunning Uluru in the heart of Australia - meet Traditional Owners and see age-old culture, modern science and business working hand in hand.

Only a day to spare? We have one day trips too - why not take up a fishing rod on Sydney's beautiful harbour and discover firsthand the direct benefit of marine protected areas for recreational fishers.

Book now – bookings close 30 September 2014.


If you are an international delegate travelling to Australia to attend Congress, you ‘ll need a valid visa. There are no visas on arrival in Australia.

We recommend you apply for your visa at least two months before the Congress - that was 12 September 2014, so get in quickly.

It's important that prior to applying for your visa, you register and pay for your Congress registration. Only then will you receive a letter (via email) that can be used to support your visa application.

Click here for more details.


There's still time to enter your photographic story in our Congress photography competition, ‘SAVED'. Inspire us with your pictures of parks, people and planet – get out in nature and get snapping! Entries close October 15.

Professional or amateur, young or old, be part of the global conversation like Naseeb, a young Nepalese high school student. In World Heritage listed Sagarnatha National Park, a herd of yaks is restrained by a Sherpa before they embark on a tourist trek. The park is an indispensable part of the Nepalese economy, a way for Indigenous people to earn a living and for the tourist an adventure in superb surroundings.

Kerala's Professor P A Sinu took this photo of a betel nut farmer bearing a head load of foliage for compost - gathered from a community conserved forest in the Western Ghats, a forest of immense biodiversity yet a lifeline for the local rural economy.

How can you not be inspired to save the world's wild creatures? A stunning picture of a leopard taken by professional wildlife photographer Scott Ramsey while flying with an antipoaching pilot over Infolozi, part of Africa's oldest nature reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.

Share in $24,000 AUD in prizes - get your entries in now at the SAVED website.


Did you know that visiting parks for three consecutive days a month helps prevent cancer? Or that the increased prevalence of asthma and eczema is linked to biodiversity loss?

On Sunday 16 November, our seventh World Leader's Dialogues will explore ‘nature deficit disorder' and how human impacts on the environment are spreading emerging and infectious disease from dengue fever to the Ebola outbreak.

Announcement of our inspiring speakers coming soon - keep an eye on the World Leaders' Dialogues on our website.


If you haven't booked your accommodation yet, act now!

We need to return all unsold rooms and apartments on October 1, so bookings after this date can't be guaranteed. Accommodation is filling up fast – don't delay your booking.

If you're registering now, book a room at the same time – for options take a look here and contact the Congress Secretariat at

Book now to secure a room or apartment at our competitive rates.


Free Congress Excursions for registered delegates on Sunday 16 November - NEW information available now on the Congress website. Sydney looks forward to hosting you soon!

Registered delegates: a booking password will be emailed to you on 19 September – keep an eye out for it, and be sure to book your spot quickly as places are extremely limited.


We're working closely with Sydney Olympic Park, exhibitors and caterers to ensure we have the lowest possible waste at Congress.

In the first place we want to reduce the volume - and any waste that is produced, we need to divert away from landfill and recover for recycling, composting or re-purposing.

How you can help

  • The waste bins will be segregated - please do the right thing and put your waste in the right bin!
  • Bring a refillable water bottle. We won't be selling bottled water - if every person drank bottles of water a day, we could collectively produce half a tonne of plastic bottle waste.
  • Bring your ‘Keep Cup' or other reusable hot drink tumbler, rather than using disposables for your morning coffee.

General enquiries
WPC 2014 Secretariat
ICMS Australasia
GPO Box 3270
Sydney NSW 2001

Ph: +61 2 9254 5000
Fax: +61 2 9251 3552

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