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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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How do IUCN Members influence global decision-making?

The Members' Assembly is democracy in action: it adopts resolutions and recommendations on important conservation issues, as well as IUCN’s programme of work for the next four years; elects new IUCN President and Council. Members can also put forward motions (draft decisions) on issues ranging from strengthening the motions process, increasing youth engagement, saving the world’s most threatened species, and IUCN’s name.

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It’s not just people, nature has rights too

Parque Nacional Yasuní, Ecuador.

Among the many motions that have been adopted here at the IUCN Congress is one that begins a process of recognizing the Rights of Nature as a fundamental element for environmental protection.

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…And it’s a wrap! Conservation Campus complete

Conservation Campus

On Tuesday, the Conservation Campus closed its doors for the last time after five days of outstanding events that provided in-depth training focused on the IUCN Programme.

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A big YES to mangroves, but where and how?

Mangrove coastline in Mozambique

Mangroves reduce wave height by as much as 66% over 100 metres of forest. A new report by The Nature Conservancy and Wetlands International says that mangrove management needs to be included in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction efforts in coastal areas worldwide.

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Coffee with a natural and feminine touch

Luz marina Restrepo, Colombian coffee farmer.

Nespresso works with 50,000 farmers in their AAA Sustainable Quality Programme, which accounts for 200,000 hectares. Luz Marina Restrepo is one of them. This Colombian coffee farmer from Cafe Export came to the Congress to express her feelings about the programme, and language was never a barrier!

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We need to be emotionally engaged to be able to act

Mattias Klum, IUCN Goodwill Ambassador

Mattias Klum, IUCN Goodwill Ambassador talks about the need to communicate the sense of urgency when we talk about biodiversity loss and nature degradation. He talks about the future and the nature that his children should be able to explore, protect and live in harmony with.

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Youth Voices at the Nature Olympics

Elaine Hsiao, IUCN Commission Member

Young conservation leaders meeting at the IUCN conservation congress are calling for increased involvement on conservation efforts.

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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.   

> ¿Se valora a la biodiversidad en su justa medida?
> The role of the private sector in ensuring sustainable development
> Educating business on sustainability, from the inside

On the Blog


> Biodiversity on the business radar screen
> Motions in motion but a long way to go!
Zhang Xinsheng > Elections
> Out and about in Jeju
> Members' Assembly
> World Leaders Dialogues
> Conservation Campus


15 September: 11th sitting 8:30-13:00; Closing ceremony (12th sitting) 14:30-15:30



15 septembre: 11e séance 8:30-13:00; Cérémonie de clôture (12e séance) 14:30-15:30



15 de setiembre: 11a sesión 8:30-13:00; Ceremonia de clausura (12a sesión) 14:30-15:30


A climatic Congress

Typhoon Boleva hits Jeju days before the IUCN Congress Typhoon Sanba is forecast to reach Jeju on Sunday at 9pm. Winds should be fine for travel up to 16 September evening and no flight disruptions are expected.
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Floor plans

ICC Jeju - Location of the Members' Lounge Find your way around the Congress venue
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Photo credits: Banner © IUCN; Motions © IUCN; Parque Nacional Yasuni © Geoff Gallice; Conservatioon Campus © IUCN; Mangrove, Mozambique© IUCN/ Daniel Shaw; Luz Marina Restrepo © IUCN; Mattias Klum © IUCN ;Sign Up © sxc-hu; Bus © IUCN\Epeli Nakautoga; A to Z © Cécile Graat; Elaine Hsiao© IUCN ; Question mark ©; Staff arriving © IUCN Congress logo © IUCN; Zhang Xinsheng © IUCN; Typhoon Boleva © IUCN / Fleurange Bieri; ICC Jeju © Jeju Special Self-Governing Province; Korean Food © Jeju Special Self-Governing Province