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Congress Newsletter: Special Edition on Water events and activities at the World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea from 6-15 September 2012.
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Word of welcome - Dr. Mark Smith, Director Global Water Programme

It is my pleasure to welcome participants to the World Conservation Congress to take place in Jeju, South Korea. The Congress, which starts tomorrow, Thursday 6 September, will be a major milestone in creating and influencing sustainable environmental decisions over the years to come. This is true too for water. In view of climate change, a growing population, and ecosystem degradation, water management is a top priority on the environmental agenda. The IUCN Global Water Programme looks forward to working with its Members and partners on finding sustainable solutions for water and related themes, especially food security, transboundary governance, energy, climate change adaptation, and many others. Together with our global network, a large selection of sessions, workshops, and presentations will be held in Jeju. Please join us at the World Conservation Congress or voice your opinion through the many social media platforms. We look forward hearing from you!




Dr Mark Smith


Jeju Seongsan Illchubong

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Held every four years, it aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development. The 2012 World Conservation Congress will be held from 6 to 15 September 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea. To visit the Congress website, click here.


Focus on Food Security

IUCN Nature+ Food

The Congress theme is 'Nature+', a simple and clear slogan that captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of our lives. A particular focus during congress will be nature-based solutions to climate change, social and economic development, equitable governance, valuing and conserving nature, and food security. High-level Leaders Dialogues around these main issues will take place each day; find out more here. On the topic of food security, Dr Mark Smith highlights the challenges and solutions in this special congress video [YouTube]


Just World Pavilion


At the 'Just World' Pavilion, IUCN Water will hold a lunchtime side event on 'Environmental Flows as a tool for the Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus'. This event will look at putting nature in the Water-Energy-and Food Security Nexus by using Environmental Flows as a tool to ensure the needs of people and nature are met in a growing and increasingly urbanized world.

Learn more through the presentations from partner organisations, join in the panel debate, or follow the discussions onTwitter (#Forum1099). This pavilion session will take place Sunday 9/9 at 13:00.

Download the invitation



Congress Water Workshops

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Workshops organised by the IUCN Water Programme take place on following dates:



New Case Studies

Mekong Basin Case Study Cover

Complementing the first release of Case Studies on Environmental Flows, the Pangani and Komadugu-Yobe basin, a new set of case studies has been published, including: 'Tacana: Transboundary water governance and implementation of IWRM through local community action', 'Mekong: Mobilising grassroots engagement and facilitating high-level dialogue for transboundary water management', and 'Volta: Transboundary water management through multi-level participatory governance and community projects'. 

> IUCN Water Case Studies

WANI Results Report: Water Vision to Action

Cover WANI Results' Report

In 2000, the World Water Vision, based on recognition that water is the basis for all living ecosystems, envisioned a world in which adequate water is provided to meet basic human needs in an equitable manner and in harmony with nature. This was the seed idea of the Water and Nature Initiative, or WANI. The report 'Water Vision to Action', contains the main results of over 10 years of implementing the Water and Nature Initiative.

> Download Results Report

Report: Water-Energy-Food Security

Putting Nature in the Nexus: Investing in Natural Infrastructure to Advance Water-Energy- Food Security

'Putting Nature in the Nexus: Investing in Natural Infrastructure to Advance Water-Energy-Food Security' is a report jointly published by IUCN and The Nature Conservancy. The report looks at the role of nature, the unseen dimension of the nexus. With its functions integral to the three securities and their inter-dependence, nature is part of the infrastructure needed to manage the nexus and its resilience.

> Download Nexus Report

Water Events at Congress

2012 Congress logo An overview of all events related to Water, including pavilion sessions, workshops, knowledge cafes, and more, can be found via our Water Journey.

> Download Water Journey


New Water Brochure

IUCN Water Programme Brochure The new Water Programme brochure is out! Find out what we do, where we work, who we partner with, and learn from our knowledge products through direct links to reports, briefings, and publications. Available in English, French, and Spanish.
> Download the brochure (EN-FR-SP)



Small version of the WANI Map A new dynamic map profiling all Water and Nature Initiative (WANI) projects wordwide is now available online.
> Click here to view the map


BRIDGE project

BRIDGE: Building River Dialogue and Governance An updated briefing on the IUCN BRIDGE-Building River Dialogue and Governance project is now available. Find out more.
> BRIDGE Briefing


Conservation Campus

Royalty free image for non-commercial use Would you like to learn from practical experience in the field? IUCN Water organises just the training session for you: 'Implementing the ecosystem approach to water resources management: Learning from scenarios for transboundary river basins', on Monday 10/9 from 14.00-18.00. Of note, the Conservation Campus has limited spaces, so please sign up online.
> Register now
> Download invite


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