Before and after the daily Congress programme, the Congress venue will be alive with congress events such as, launches, performances, activities, meetings and catered networking events. More than 3,000 people from over 160 countries are expected to attend the Congress. You can take advantage of this global gathering of protected area professionals and industry stakeholders by hosting or attending a congress event to advance, network or promote your work.

Below is a taste of some of the exciting and informative congress events that will be on offer for delegates before and after the daily Congress programme. A complete congress events programme will be available in October 2014.

Congress events

'Rhino Conservation – successes and challenges'

Over 90% of Africa's white rhino occur in South Africa. Approximately 40% of the total South African white rhino population reside in national parks. Poachers killed over 1004 rhinos nationally in 2013. This event will share information relating to the current state of rhino populations in South Africa; the effect of poaching on the rhino population and the management of the species in parks. Join the South African Department of Environment and Affairs and be part of this informative and revealing event.

'Cosmetics, carpets and marine protected areas'

From fish to fashion, litter to business, London to the Philippines and retail activism to sustainable development; Zoological Society of London and Marine Reserves Coalition host an evening on 'inspiring partnerships with industry'.

'Reaching Conservation Goals'

Be transported to a virtual Bush Blitz field site, experience the evening sounds of the Australian bush, grab a drink, pull up a camp chair and be captivated by species conservation tales from the field. Hosted by the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) and Parks Australia this evening will showcase a highly successful conservation partnership involving government, industry and conservation NGOs.

'Evaluating Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) support for protected areas'

The GEF and the UNDP are the largest global supporters of protected areas ensuring they are well managed and have positive outcomes for biodiversity and people. Join the hosts WCPA-SSC Joint Task Force on Biodiversity and Climate Change, GEF and UNDP Evaluation Units to discuss the current evaluation and lessons learned to support protected areas into the future.

'International Court of Justice (ICJ) Mock Case on Marine Protection Issues'

A light-hearted event with a serious intent highlighting significant legal issues underlying the human exploitation of marine and coastal environments, particularly coral reefs; IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and the WCPA Marine Specialist Group hosts this high-profile occasion.

'The IUCN Red List is 50'

The IUCN Red List is the world's most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. Join IUCN to celebrate the significant contribution of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in guiding conservation action and policy decisions over the past 50 years. We invite you to join us and help us build The IUCN Red List into a more complete 'Barometer of Life' by 2020.

'Healthy Parks Healthy People – Explore Sydney Olympic Park'

Participate in yoga and meditation sessions, nature based walking tours, bird watching activities or go hopping mad for Sydney Olympic Park Authority's frog conservation project, restoration ecology projects, cultural heritage, and other exciting experiences. Join Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Parks Victoria and the US National Parks Service to get out and get active at the Congress – 'healthy parks, healthy people'.

'Seeing parks through GenZ's eyes'

Be part of shaping the future! Join us to identify practical solutions for addressing current and future park challenges that are relevant across generations. This will be a mediated back-and-forth interview between current leaders of parks and protected areas organizations and young leaders, with plenty of opportunities for audience participation. Hosted by Parks Canada on behalf of the World Protected Areas Leadership Forum.

'Launch of the Asia Protected Areas Partnership'

The Asia Protected Areas Partnership grew out of the first Asia Parks Congress held last November in Japan. It seeks to build capacity, share information, promote standards and develop transboundary projects related to protected areas. The Ministry of the Environment Japan invites you to attend this important event and build linkages with your networks ahead of the 2nd Asia Parks Congress, 2018.

'Protected Areas Climate Adaptation Approach'

Climate Change! One of the biggest issues facing the world in the 21st Century. Join the World Wildlife Fund to find out more about methodology that will help protected area managers, politicians and rural communities better adapt to climate change. Join WWF International for the launch of this exciting application and hear about WWF's experiences in Colombia, Madagascar and the Philippines coastal and marine protected areas.

'Showcasing Indigenous Protected Areas in Australia'

Come 'yarn with us' – string make and meet an Australian Indigenous community member. This event will provide an opportunity to find out more about Indigenous Protected Areas and 'caring for country' in Australia. These sacred lands will come to life through a kaleidoscope of colour thanks to digital projections from recent photographic competitions. Come and join Together Dreaming in partnership with the Australian Commonwealth Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA) project.

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