About the Asia Parks Congress

05 November 2013 | Article

Around 500 participants from Asia and beyond will gather in Sendai city, Japan 13 to 17 November to address the challenges facing Asia’s protected areas and to chart a course for the future.

Protected areas – national parks, wilderness areas, community conserved areas, nature reserves and so on – are a mainstay of biodiversity conservation while also contributing to people’s livelihoods, particularly at the local level.

Protected areas are at the heart of efforts to conserve nature and the services it provides us – food, clean water supply, medicines and protection from the impacts of natural disasters. Helping countries and communities designate and manage systems of protected areas on land and in the oceans, is one of IUCN’s main areas of expertise.

The Asia Parks Congress theme is ‘Parks Connect’, illustrating the many links between nature and people. It will show how important protected areas are to addressing global challenges including climate change, biodiversity loss, sustainable development, and reducing the risk of disasters.

The congress will bring together protected area agencies, conservation professionals, governments, researchers, non-governmental organizations and civil society to discuss the future of protected areas in one of the world’s fastest growing and most dynamic regions.

Scheduled one year ahead of the 6th IUCN World Parks Congress, the Asia Parks Congress will serve as a valuable lead-in to the world meet by proposing ways forward based on the lessons learned in Asia.