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Welcome to Jeju, Repulic of Korea, for the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress. Find out about the latest updates and news in this daily newsletter.
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2012 is the year of the Olympic Games and this includes nature's Olympics as well. IUCN, the world’s leading environmental organization, opened its 2012 Congress in Jeju, Korea for a ten-day run of events, ground-breaking agreements, new initiatives that will improve the way we manage and protect nature.


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Opening ceremony 2012 IUCN WCC

IUCN Congress lifts off!

Security at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress

At the Opening Ceremony, delegates were joined by notable figures including South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, human rights advocate Bianca Jagger, leading author and oceanographer Sylvia Earle, Japanese singer/songwriter Iruka and HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden amongst other CEOs, and several government ministers and heads of major NGOs and UN agencies.

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The President of South Korea addresses the opening ceremony

The official opening ceremony of IUCN’s Congress was witnessed by an audience of 4,000 people representing 175 countries. They were treated to a dynamic spectacle of music and dance and addressed by President of the Republic of Korea, Mr Lee Myung-Bak.


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> Read the speech by IUCN President Ashok Khosla

Members' Voice

Members' Voice

As the world’s largest conservation event rolls out, members and participants from around the globe express their hopes and expectations for a sustainable future.


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Crunch time for Caribbean corals

Coral reefs 14, Koh Bon island, Thailand

Time is running out for corals on Caribbean reefs. Urgent measures must be taken to limit pollution and regulate aggressive fishing practices that threaten the existence of Caribbean coral reef ecosystems, according to a new IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) report.


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Stories and interviews

Support Staff arriving in Jeju

Access daily stories regarding important conservation topics. Find out what are countries around the world are doing to achieve a more sustainable environment.   

> Matching the thinkers with the doers
> Why green growth?
> Renewable energy led by communities
> A natural safety net

Make the most of your participation with social media!

Social media at the 2012 IUCN Congress

• Find out what other participants are saying on the Twitter hub
• Tweet using the official Congress hashtag #IUCN2012 and @IUCN
• Share your opinion about events using the session hashtags: #forumXXXX (replace XXXX with the session 4-digit number)

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Yesterday's top tweets

Follow the #IUCN2012 World Conservation Congress Opening Ceremony live now!
The #IUCN2012 World Conservation Congress has started: 8,000+ people discussing, debating and voting on green solutions

Ones to watch tomorrow

Business and Ecosystems Think Tank

Business Week

Business and conservation communities will discuss real solutions for changing pace on biodiversity and ecosystem services at the IUCN-WBCSD Think Tank on 8 September, led by IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre and WBCSD President Peter Bakker.

> See morning session on business action
> See afternoon session on effective policy

Don't miss the concert!

Congress song

The venue for the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress will transform into the place for a fantastic festival. 

3 goodwill ambassadors will participate: Malouma and Iruka as well as 2AM

> K-POP Nature+ Concert

 Other highlights

> Empowering rural stewardship to conserve biodiversity and enhance ecosystem services
> Coastal Ecosystem Restoration projects with Biodiversity and Community Benefits following an innovative approach involving the private sector

Don't miss the start of IUCN's highest desicion body. ICC Jeju's doors will exceptionally open at 7:00 am


Updated regularly, the Online Programme is the most accurate place to find out about the Congress schedule. Please take note of the following changes.
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Royalty free for non commercial use Use the online programme to make a shortlist of the events you want to attend
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Official Congress website

2012 Congress logo All you need to know about Congress and more


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> Education and communication
> Ecosystem
> Water
> World Heritage
> Europe
> Youth and Intergenerational
> Islands
> Marine
> Species
> Forest



Useful travel info on local transport and free shuttle services
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A to Z

A to z All the practical info from A to Z in one single place
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Floor plans

ICC Jeju - Location of the Members' Lounge Find your way around the Congress venue
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Food Court

Korean food For your lunchbreak, don't forget you can visit the Food Court next to the registration area outside the ICC Jeju



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IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

Photo credits: Banner © IUCN; Opening ceremony 2012 IUCN WCC © IUCN; ICC Jeju hallway © IUCN; Membres © IUCN Online programme The President of South Korea adresses the opening ceremony© IUCN;© Erkin Sahin; Bus © IUCN\Epeli Nakautoga; A to Z © Cécile Graat; Members accreditation © IUCN; Question mark ©; Congress logo © IUCN; Coral Reefs 14, Koh Bon Island Thailand, © Nishan Perera; Support staff arriving in Jeju © IUCN; Business Week © IUCN Korean Food © Jeju Special Self-Governing Province; Korean boysband 2AM © KOC