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The World Parks Congress has kicked off the Congress year with a bang, taking home the 'Best of Oceania' prize at the BBE Best Brand Awards.

The eye catching logo was selected from many outstanding international competitors to take home the coveted award which recognises and promotes the world's best brands, their design, originality and execution.

The vibrant logo speaks to the energy and innovation we aim to achieve at the Congress as we work towards inspiring solutions for some of the planet's biggest challenges. It also loosely depicts one of Australia's most well known icons, the Sydney Opera House.

To read more about the design award win, and the inspiration and concept behind the logo click here.

 
 

The Congress Stream Leaders at their first meeting in Washington.

Our topic area experts, the Stream Leaders, are looking for people to get involved in the Congress streams, whether it be through submitting your ideas for the programme, or playing a role such as a facilitator, translator or note-taker.

If you've got expertise or a particular interest in a specific stream topic, now's your chance to get involved!

Streams will aim to provide opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds and sectors, taking into account development opportunities, gender and regional balance as well as getting the future custodians of the planet involved, our youth.

You can submit a proposal for programme content through the World Parks Congress website. Applications close 15 March 2014. For further information, please visit: http://www.worldparkscongress.org/involved/call_for_content.html

Expressions of interest for playing a role can be made by contacting the stream you would like to become involved with. Applications close 28 April 2014. For further information, please visit: http://www.worldparkscongress.org/involved/call_for_roles.html.

 
 

It's now less than 10 months to the Congress, and we'd love to see you at the event. Early bird registration closes 30 June 2014, so now is the time to sign up and become a participant in this once in a decade event.

Together, we can harness bold ideas and inspiring nature-based solutions that will help meet some of the most pressing challenges in the modern world. Don't miss out on your chance to help shape the future for some of the most valuable places on earth - world parks.

 
 

They don't call Australia the 'land down under' for nothing! It is a long way from many places, but the geographical distance is also one of the reasons we have some of the most unique flora, fauna and wild places on earth, making it an ideal place to hold the Congress.

The success of the Congress rests on a diverse range of participants from all corners of the globe. Acknowledging that it will be challenging for some people to attend the Congress, the organising committee for the IUCN World Parks Congress are pleased to offer funding to assist participants from developing nations with specific travel costs and registration fees.

Funding is limited and applications close 30 March, for more information and to apply please visit: http://www.worldparkscongress.org/participants/financial_support.html.

 
 

The Congress isn't all work and no play. There are a number of Congress Field Trips available for you to participate in, pre and post the event.

From the stunning peaks and canyons of the Greater Blue Mountains, the lushness of the Wet Tropics to the stoic ruggedness and cultural significance of Uluru, the field trips will showcase innovative partnerships and projects across the beautiful and diverse Australian landscape.

To book a field trip or to find out more, visit: http://www.worldparkscongress.org/programme/field_trips.html.

 
 

The IUCN World Parks Congress represents a unique opportunity for various sectors to demonstrate their green credentials and environmental social responsibility.

Why not highlight your business or sector to some of the world’s foremost environmental leaders by sponsoring this once in a decade event?

From sponsoring the volunteer program to the media centre, to delegate name tags and the public festival, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

More information can be found at: http://www.worldparkscongress.org/involved/sponsor_the_congress.html

Or contact Emma Bowyer, Event Director & Domestic Fundraising Manager, at +61 2 9254 5000 or sponsorship@worldparkscongress.org

 
 

The IUCN World Parks Congress isn't just an event for those of us in protected area management, it's an event for organisations across community sectors including Indigenous groups, volunteering organisations people working in the health sector, environmental organisations, educators and the custodians of the future - youth.

The Australian hosts, Parks Australia and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in conjunction with the Australian Committee for IUCN are hosting a Community Stakeholder Forum, Thursday, February 13 at Taronga Zoo's Lecture Theatre.

This will provide an opportunity to learn more about the IUCN World Parks Congress, why it is relevant to you and find out about the numerous roles you, or your organisation could partake in.

To find out more or to register your interest, please contact Rob Nicoll at: robert.nicoll@environment.nsw.gov.au or +61 477 722 650

Remember, you can join the global conversation by following the IUCN World Parks Congress online.

 
 

General enquiries
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ICMS Australasia
GPO Box 3270
Sydney NSW 2001

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