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Saving nature, why bother? This was the theme of the last World Leaders Dialogue, which closed the Forum, leading into the next segment of Congress, the IUCN’s Members Assembly. By giving the floor to two opposing organisations and visions regarding Jeju naval base, the true spirit of the Union’s democratic model came to life once again.

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Nature Olympics day five, last day of the forum

Who cares about nature?

H.E. Dr. Young Sook Yoo

Is the value of nature essential and irreplaceable to human wellbeing? Last night, panelists at the World Leaders Dialogue discussed the crucial question: why bother saving nature? The final session focused on the importance of protecting, managing and governing nature and its benefits.

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IUCN Congress recognises conservation greats

Memorial Medal for David Attenborough

Yesterday, at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, IUCN awarded its two highest medals to outstanding individuals of the conservation world, and eleven other conservation greats were granted honorary membership of IUCN.

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Stronger leadership needed to save world’s natural wonders

A volcano in the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

At the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, IUCN is warning of the growing threats faced by many existing World Heritage sites and is calling for stronger measures to guarantee their future.

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Kayaks to Korea - community leaders share local marine management expertise on a global stage

Lagoon fisherman, Barren Isles archipelago, Mozambique Channel

Today, local leaders from around the globe showcased innovative, community-based marine management techniques at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. These pioneers lead Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMA) in all corners of the world and hail from countries such as Fiji, Kenya, Madagascar, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Colombia and India.

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Extinction of freshwater species in Northern Africa: a double loss

Harvesting Nile Tilapia in Algeria by V.Crespi

This is the first time that a study conducted at the species level collates and integrates information on the socio-economic value of freshwater species and the threats to those species in Northern Africa.

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Measuring people's happiness

H.E. Dr. Kinzang Dorji

Dr. Kinzang Dorji, former Prime minister of Bhutan speaks about how this small country from Asia is making big strides by keeping people happy and using it as an indicator for national growth.

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Yesterday's top tweets

Social media at the 2012 IUCN Congress

 • @IUCN Sir David Attenborough has been honoured with IUCN’s highest #conservation award #iucn2012 @AmazingSpecies
• @IUCN VIDEO: Get a real sense of what's happening at the #iucn2012 World Conservation Congress
• @IUCN Have you ever realised how amazing fungi are? Find out more about these incredible species #IUCN2012 @AmazingSpecies

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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.   

> Reaping from investing in the coastal ecosystems
> Saving the topsoil, one farm at a time
> Translating the complexity of food security into an opportunity for action

On the Blog


> Bioacoustics: Preventing a silent world
> Worms and termites – a tough sell
Ones to watch tomorrow

Free Ecotours

• Mt. Hallasan Course
• Oreum, Volcanic Cones
• UNESCO World Natural Heritage Course
• UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
• Geological Features
• Gotjawal Volcanic Forests
• Forest Trails
• The Islands of an Island
• Buddhist Culture
• Village Paths
• Folklore
• Stone Culture



12 September: 8th sitting: 14:30-18:30 and 20:00-21:30
14 September: 9th sitting 8:30- 13:00; 10th sitting 14:30- 19:00 and 20:00- 24:00 (10th sitting continued)
Last buses: 00:20



12 septembre: 8e séance 14:30- 18:30 and 20:00-21:30
14 septembre: 9e séance 8:30- 13:00; 10e séance 14:30- 19:00 et  20:00- 24:00 (continuation de la 10e séance)
Dernier bus: 00:20



12 de setiembre: 8a sesión 14:30-18:30 and 20:00-21:30
14 de setiembre: 9a sesión 8:30- 13:00; 10a sesión 14:30- 19:00 y  20:00- 24:00 (continuación de la 10a)
Último bus: 00:20


Free books at the Bookstore

book Come to the IUCN Bookstore on the 5th floor to choose from a range of amazing books


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Official Congress website

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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; Nature olympics day 5 © IUCN; H.E. Dr. Young Sook Yoo © IUCN; David Attenborough © Borjana Pervan; Lagoon fisherman © Blue ventures; A volcano in Sumatra, Indonesia © David Sheppard; Harvesting Nile Tilapia in Algeria © V. Crespi;Sign Up © sxc-hu; Bus © IUCN\Epeli Nakautoga; A to Z © Cécile Graat; H.E.Dr. Kinzag Dorji © IUCN ; Question mark ©; Congress logo © IUCN; ICC Jeju © Jeju Special Self-Governing Province; Korean Food © Jeju Special Self-Governing Province