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IUCN World Parks Congress

This picture from the recent Stream leaders meeting in Mexico visually showcases how many people are tirelessly working to create an inspiring IUCN World Parks Congress.

Read Trisha Kehaulani Watson’s blog following the meeting. Trisha is a co-lead on the New Social Compact cross-cutting theme.


If you haven’t registered to attend the IUCN World Parks Congress, our line-up of speakers should get you across the line.

With global experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), United Nations Environment Programme, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, UNESCO and CITES, it’s a Congress not to miss!

World-renowned speakers are signing on daily, so check the website regularly for a sneak peak before they all make their way to Sydney:


Australia was recently gripped by Royal fever with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paying a visit ‘Down Under’.

In the year that Australia hosts the IUCN World Parks Congress, the Royals put a spotlight on the host country’s picturesque natural landscapes with the couple visiting the Blue Mountains National Park and the iconic Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park.

Whilst at the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, the Duke and Duchess enjoyed the natural beauty of the area and adventurous nature-based activities including abseiling. The Blue Mountains National Park boasts remarkable geographic, botanic and cultural values, protecting sites of Aboriginal cultural significance like the awe inspiring Three Sisters which was recently declared an Aboriginal Place.

Prince William and Princess Catherine also toured Australia’s red centre, partaking in a guided walk around Uluru after having been given a Welcome to Country, including a traditional Indigenous dance performance at the National Park's cultural centre.

A place of enormous spiritual and cultural significance, Uluru-Kata Tjuta is co-managed by Parks Australia and the traditional Aboriginal owners, the Nguraritja people who have cared for the land for thousands of years. Indigenous Leaders presented the Royal couple with Aboriginal dot paintings which tell the story of the local people and the importance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working together. The paintings were on paper made of droppings from the Mala, the local protected Rufous Hare-wallaby.

You can follow in the Royal’s footsteps by booking a Congress Field Trip. Available to delegates only, trips will venture to the spectacular Blue Mountains and Uluru, providing opportunities to learn from the local experts.

To book a Field Trip or for more information, visit:


Have you ever seen an Eastern-barred Bandicoot?

They’re one of Australia’s most endangered animals, but David Whitehill, champion for the Congress, recently tested out the delegate Field Trip which gives you an up-close and personal experience with these elusive Aussie critters.

Check out David’s report which aired on the Today Show throughout Australia: .  It will give you a great idea of what this Congress Field Trip is all about and the importance of collaborative projects which are being hailed as the “new wave of conservation”.

Trust us; it will definitely put a smile on your face!

To find out more about this Congress Field Trip visit:


Are you part of a community group, Not-For-Profit organisation, arts or craft society and wondering how to get more involved in the Congress? If so The Laneway was designed with you in mind!

The Laneway will be a vibrant street market providing an opportunity for various sectors to showcase their goods, products and services to the 3000 Congress participants.

Open from open from 13 – 18 November 2014 along Riverina Ave at Sydney Olympic Park, we are now taking expressions of interest for The Laneway. Spots are limited, so get in quick or pass it onto your networks if you think this might be ideal for them.

More details regarding the application process, size and costs for stalls can be found here:


At the IUCN World Parks Congress we’re committed to creating a sustainable event.

We're focusing on:

  • SAVING water, by using a venue that has strong water conservation and re-use systems in place
  • SAVING energy, through our AV, air conditioning and lighting choices
  • SAVING fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by sourcing 100% renewable energy
  • SAVING food miles by serving local and seasonal produce
  • SAVING GHGs by encouraging the uptake of public ground transport and carbon offsetting for air travel
  • SAVING waste to landfill, by ensuring the best possible waste reduction and segregation processes
  • SAVING resources and potential waste by only having ‘opt-in’ delegate packs and limited hand-outs
  • SAVING trees by going paper-free

As people who share our vision for a sustainable planet, we want you to join us on this journey.  Soon we will be launching our Green Delegate programme, to find out what you can do to help us create the greenest World Parks Congress ever visit:


According to an Arab proverb, “One hand alone does not clap” and at the IUCN World Parks Congress, we’re aiming for a resounding applause and we’re hoping you can help us!

The Congress is a large and complex event that will require the assistance of many volunteers with a range of experience and skills.

By volunteering at the Congress, you’ll get to be involved in one of the biggest environmental events of the calendar year and gain a unique insight into this once in a decade gathering that will shape protected area management for years to come.

Volunteer applications are now open;


Are you coming to Australia from overseas and starting to plan your trip? Do you need advice on Visas or flight information? Local transport or accommodation options?

Check out our newly upgraded website, heaps of useful tips can be found under the ‘Participants’ tab.


Early Bird Registration closes 30 June, 2014. Get in now to make the most of reduced rates.
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WPC 2014 Secretariat
ICMS Australasia
GPO Box 3270
Sydney NSW 2001

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