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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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 Day one of the biggest environmental event included high-level debates on the role of nature in tackling climate change to the launches of new scientific reports, Korean drum performances, Japanese singing and a surprise dance at the main hallway of the Congress venue. Take a look at the daily news wrap-up.

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2012 WCC Opening ceremony

With climate legislation lagging, are nature-based solutions a fix?

World Leaders Dialogue at the IUCN Congress

 The first in the series of highly anticipated World Leaders Dialogues involving a panel of prominent figures from both business and conservation saw a thoughtful discussion about the role that nature-based solutions can play in tackling climate change.


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Launch of a new report on Protected Areas

Flamingos taking off from Lake Nakuru

Protected Areas –parks, nature reserves and other natural areas– assist in reducing deforestation, habitat and species loss, and support the livelihoods of over one billion people, while containing 15 % of the world’s carbon stock.

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Place forests under local control to increase incomes and sustainability

At a tea plantation bordering Kaziranga National Park, women workers tote freshly picked leaves to be processed.

To increase the incomes of many of the billion forest-dependent people worldwide the current model for investment in forests must be turned on its head.

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IUCN Congress Flash Mob

IUCN Flash Mob

IUCN Staff performs a surprise dance in the conference center.

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Day 1 - photo highlights

Opening of Congress Press

The Congress gets off to a roaring start with numerous press conferences, and the corridors full of participants busy networking

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Yesterday's top tweets

Social media at the 2012 IUCN Congress

We need greenhouse regulations and a price on carbon - Marvin Odum, President of Shell Oil Company #IUCN2012 #WLD
Protected Areas support the livelihoods of over one billion people, find out more: #IUCN2012
Nature can provide a safety net against natural disasters like flooding or landslides #IUCN2012

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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.   

> Exploring forgotten seascapes
> Solar energy: it’s free and is always there
> Getting real: working with local authorities to save South America’s Gran Chaco

On the Blog


> What future for prime Caribbean ‘Hope Spot’?
> Why rush to Jeju?
> Biodiversity matters – reaching the right audience
> Counting down to the Conservation Campus
Ones to watch tomorrow

Conservation International's Global Conservation Fund
Reception to celebrate 10th anniversary!
Restaurant Delizia 3rd floor, ICC Jeju at 8:00 pm


Hawai'i Cultural Presentation

Featuring Hālau Hula (Hula School) of Hawai'i Community College. Hilo, Hawai'i

Tamna Hall. 7:00 pm


 Other highlights

> Building resilience in agricultural landscapes: finding solutions through business and conservation collaboration
> Antarctica and the Southern Ocean – celebrating a unique place on Earth and discussing activities helping to conserve it
> Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage: engagement with extractive industries

The Member's Assembly continues tomorrow at 8:00am instead of 8:30am. Doors 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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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;2012 WCC opening ceremony © IUCN; World Leaders Dialogue at COngress © IUCN; Flamingos taking off from lake Nakuru © Geoffroy Mauvais; At a tea plantation bordering Kaziranga National Park, women workers tote freshly picked leaves to be processed.© Steve Winter ;Sign Up © sxc-hu; Bus © IUCN\Epeli Nakautoga; A to Z © Cécile Graat; IUCN Flash Mob © IUCN;Opening of press conference © IUCN; Question mark ©; Congress logo © IUCN; ICC Jeju © Jeju Special Self-Governing Province; Korean Food © Jeju Special Self-Governing Province;