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IUCN World Parks Congress

If you've been deliberating over whether to attend the IUCN World Parks Congress, it's time to make the decision as early bird registration is closing 30 June.

Get in now to hear from inspiring speakers and world experts and participate in creating the future for our global protected areas, all at a discounted rate.

There are various registration options including rates for delegates from developing nations and students. To register or to find out more information, click here:

Do it now, the clock is ticking!


We all know that nature is a masterpiece, so it's time to delve into your photo library or better yet, get out and about and take some photos to submit to the Saved Nature Photography Competition.

We want to see what places you love to visit, the places you value and the vistas, animals or people living or working in the parks which inspire you.

The Congress photo competition will be a celebration of parks and the crucial role they play in sustaining the health of our planet whilst telling the stories of some of our most valuable landscapes.

The competition is open to nature lovers all around the world including professional and amateur photographers as well as Instagram lovers.  By entering the competition, you could go into the draw to win from a $24,000 prize pool and if you’re amongst the finalists, your images will be showcased at the Congress.

To find out more, check out the Saved website  or this short video:


The success of the IUCN World Parks Congress depends heavily on the support of many volunteers.

We are seeking volunteers to support Congress participants by staffing information desks, providing site directions and acting as room runners. So if you are professional, committed, hard working, reliable and culturally sensitive, then you are exactly who we are looking for.

If you would like to gain a unique and unforgettable experience by being part of the Congress Volunteer Team and make a valuable contribution to this once in a decade event, we invite you to register your interest today:


Anyone can visit Australia and check out the amazing natural landscapes, but few ever have the opportunity to do so with people who live in it, work and conserve it.

By signing up for a Congress Field Trip, you will see and learn about Australia from a completely different angle.

We've got Congress Field Trips covering every corner of Australia! They'll take you to the heights of the stunning Greater Blue Mountains to the glistening coastal wilderness and tropical World Heritage rainforests.  You could visit the spiritually significant Uluru,  Australia's island state, Tasmania,  or Western Australia's biodiversity 'hotspot' where you will encounter some of the richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life on the planet.  

The best bit is that you get to experience the areas and learn about the conservation challenges and solutions through the eyes of the people who know the landscape best, including the traditional owners, parks staff and private landholders.

Even if you can't attend the Congress, the Field Trips are still available for you to participate in.  Click here, to find out more about these Aussie tours with a difference:


If you're young, love the planet and the media and want to help spread the word about the importance of our protected areas, we want to hear from you! We are looking for Young Media Champions to join the Young Peoples Media Coalition (YPMC).

The Coalition aims to provide coverage of the World Parks Congress from the unique perspective of young people and invites those under the age of 35 with experience in digital and traditional media to contribute to the Congress.

Young media champions will work together in collaboration with existing media partners and the World Parks Congress communications personnel to produce engaging content for, and by youth. This is a unique opportunity for young people to be a part of their own movement that impacts the way their peers look at Protected Areas on a global scale.

The YPMC is a partnership of the IUCN WPCA Young Professionals, IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability, IUCN CEC, Parcs Canada, The Starfish Canada, and Sustainability Leaders Network.

If you are interested, contact the YPMC Coordinator Tomasz Wiercioch at for more information.


It's been 100 years since John Muir, a Scottish born wilderness advocate and the 'father' of many of the USA's great national parks passed away.

In honour of this truly influential figure, Scotland’s National Parks and conservation bodies came together to create a one-off conference that explored approaches  to managing protected areas and national parks in the UK and around the world.

Delegates looked at how Muir’s vision of national parks had survived and developed, particularly in Scotland where the first two parks, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, and Cairngorm, were established only a decade ago.

Despite their success, there is a hot political debate around the future of protected areas in Scotland. Speakers included representatives from the US National Park Service and IUCN, putting UK experience into an international context and highlighting the forthcoming IUCN World Parks Congress 2014.


Do you know someone who works for an environmental NGO, sustainable business, eco-operator, community group or an arts society? Then the IUCN World Parks Congress team has got something that might be right up their alley...or Laneway!

With five months until we co-host the IUCN World Parks Congress, it's time to mobilise your networks and get them involved in this once in a decade opportunity.

We're currently taking expressions of interest for The Congress Laneway, which will be a vibrant street market giving the not-for-profit community, environmental organisations and the arts and crafts community the enviable opportunity to get in front of 3000 Congress participants from 160 countries.

Open from 13- 18 November 2014, The Laneway will provide various stakeholders with the option to have a stall for one or multiple days, as well as access to Congress sessions for the days they're exhibiting.

The success of the IUCN World Parks Congress rests on the involvement of a diverse cross-section of stakeholders and the community, so help us spread the word and get your contacts involved.

Interested parties can submit an expression of interest on the IUCN World Parks website:

Applications close 31 July 2014.


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