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Ewa Magiera
IUCN Media Relations Manager
Phone: +61 (0)434 025 278
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Australian World Parks Congress Media Enquiries
Media & Public Affairs Director
Phone: 02-6274 2846
Mobile: 0418 624 847

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For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:

Ewa Magiera, IUCN Media and Communications Officer, m +61 434 025 278,

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Margot Marshall, Media & Public Affairs Director, m: +61 418 624 847

8.15-8.45: Press Conference Hon. Minister Stokes and Director General, Department of Forests and Parks of Bhutan, Press Conference Room


  • Rob Stokes, MP, Minister of the Environment, New South Wales, Australia
  • Chencho Norbu, Director General, Department of Forests and Parks, Bhutan

9.00-9.30: Media Briefing, Press Conference Room


  • Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director, IUCN Global Marine & Polar Programme
  • Elena Osipova, IUCN World Heritage Monitoring Officer
  • Jane Lawton, Head of Communications, IUCN Asia Regional Office

9.00-12.00: High-level Round Table, Clydesdale

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mr Zhang Xinsheng, President, IUCN
  • The Hon Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, Australia
  • The Hon Rob Stokes MP, New South Wales Minister for Environment, Australia
  • Ms Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General
  • Mr Peter Cochrane, Australia’s World Parks Congress Ambassador
  • E. Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President of Madagascar
  • E. Fouad Mohadji, Vice-President of the Comoros
  • Hon Anthelme Ramparany, Minister of Environment, Madagascar
  • Hon Uahekua Herunga, Minister of Environment, Namibia
  • Hon Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Republic of Belize
  • Mr Sergey Donskoy, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Russian Federation
  • Ms Barbara Thomson, Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

12.00-12.30: Launch of World Heritage Benefits Study, Press Conference Room


  • Beate Jessel, President, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Germany
  • Naomi Kingston, Head of Protected Areas Programme, UNEP WCMC
  • Justin O’Brien, CEO, Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation
  • Tim Badman, Director, IUCN World Heritage Programme
  • Elena Osipova, World Heritage Monitoring Officer, IUCN

17:30-19:00: World Leaders‘ Dialogues: A Balancing Act: How global demand for natural resources defines the fate of developing countries (Hall 6)


  • Facilitator: Thomas Friedman, journalist and author, The New York Times
  • Melissa George, Chair, Indigenous Advisory Committee, Australia
  • Hon Robert Hill, former Minister of Environment, Australia
  • Anthony Hodge, President, International Council for Mining and Metals
  • Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director-General
  • Emmanuel de Merode, Chief Warden, Virunga National Park
  • E. Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President of Madagascar
  • Wang Wenbiao, CEO, Elion Group

Other media opportunities

20.00     Release of Asia Protected Planet Report & Launch of Asia Protected Areas Partnership (Hall 3 North Pod)

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