Nature’s Big One – the World Conservation Congress

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IUCN World Conservation Congress: Jeju, Rep of Korea, 6-15 September, 2012


Background: Around 8,000 delegates will attend the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, from 6-15 September. Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Held once every four years, it brings together government leaders, NGOs and top professionals from all regions with a variety of on-the-ground expertise. Together they share knowledge on how our natural environment should be managed for the continued wellbeing of humanity and all life on Earth. The Congress theme is Nature+, which captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of our lives. Congress is the birthplace of ground-breaking environmental conventions, scientific discoveries and global initiatives. Be there to see how new key agreements, shaping our future are coming to life.

Key Issues:

  •     Nature+ is about boosting natural resilience. “Nature is inherently strong, but we must improve how quickly nature and people adapt to change,” says Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN. “If we can work to strengthen the robustness of nature, we will see that ecosystems are more resilient and people, communities and economies are healthier.”
  •     Conservation works. “The apparent slowness of global decision making on environmental issues belies what is really happening on the ground,” says Enrique Lahmann, IUCN Congress Director. “Many local results show that investing in nature and restoring natural areas brings social and economic returns. Even if every success is not replicable across all ecosystems, cultures or political systems, they point the way to making nature more resilient globally.”
  •     Nature provides solutions to climate change adaptation. “Ecosystem-based adaptation is a cost effective, no-regrets solution that governments ought to incorporate proactively into national policies and take immediate action to implement on the ground,” says Chong-Chun Kim, Secretary General of the Korean Organizing Committee. “Improving the management of river systems, coral reefs, mangroves and forests all tangibly improve the resilience of neighboring communities to deal with both the sudden and long-term consequences of climate change.”

Opportunities and Material for Media:

  •     Media briefings in major media centers leading up to Congress
  •     International press releases on key themes throughout the months ahead of Congress
  •     A dedicated web portal with features, audio, video and photos throughout 2012
  •     Press trips around Jeju Island ahead of and during Congress
  •     Access to one-on-one interviews with VIP attendees at Congress
  •     Series of features/opinion editorials for international media
  •     Photo opportunities–a range of events will be organized in Seoul and Jeju Island
  •     Daily press briefings during Congress—including key IUCN Red List update and other major news
  •     TV debates on major themes at Congress
  •     Daily on-the-ground stories from Congress via host broadcaster feed, IUCN’s website and social media channels, live webcasts of main events and major press conferences.

Some of the many VIP attendees at Congress:

  • Lee Myung-bak (President of Korea)        - H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden
  • Bharrat Jagdeo (former President of Guyana)    - Iruka (Japanese singer & songwriter)
  • Michael Mack    (CEO, Syngenta)                        - Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji (Former Prime Minister, Bhutan)
  • Suk-Chae Lee (Chairman, Korea Telecom)     - Mattias Klumm (Photographer, National Geographic)
  • Malouma (Mauritanian singer & songwriter)    - Pierre Yves Cousteau (founder, Cousteau Divers)
  • Achim Steiner     (Executive Director, UNEP)    - Cristián Samper (CEO, Wildlife Conservation Society)
  • Isabella Teixera (Minister of Environment, Brazil)
  • Maurice F. Strong (former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations)
  • Guillaume Le Cunff (International Marketing & Strategy Director, Nespresso)
  • Rachel Kyte (Vice President of Sustainable Development, The World Bank)
  • Peter Bakker (President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development)
  • Jochen Zeitz (CEO, Sport & Lifestyle Group of PPR; Executive Chairman, PUMA SE)
  • Henri Djombo    (Minister of Sustainable Development, Forestry Economy & the Environment, Congo Brazzaville)

Spokespersons: Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN

Media team: Borjana Pervan, IUCN Media Relations, m +41 79 857 4072, e
Maggie Roth, IUCN Media Relations, m +1 202 262 5313, e

For more information about the IUCN World Conservation Congress:

About IUCN
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

IUCN works on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

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