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The World Leaders Dialogues is the highlight of the World Conservation Congress. Focused on the Congress themes, a balanced mix of experts, politicians and CEOs, moderated by prominent journalists, will give the pace to inspirational, challenging analyses of the current state of nature and conservation. A total of five dialogues will take place, one each evening of the Forum.


Nature+ food: Can we feed the world sustainably?

On 8 September, a high-level panel will meet to discuss the theme Nature+ food. This dialogue will be moderated by Solange Márquez Espinoza, Journalist and Political Analyst.

Nature + food security - Floating food market in Thailand

Tae-Pyong Jang: Former Minister for Food, Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries of Republic, Korea
Michael Mack: CEO, Syngenta
M.S. Swaminathan: Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha, India
Camilla Toulmin: Director, International Institute for Environment and Development

> Submit your questions and comments to the panel before the Congress!

Find out about the other types of events at the Forum


> Find out about cutting-edge conservation at the Workshops
> Share your views on challenging issues at the Knowledge Café
> Get hands-on training at the Conservation Campus
> See how people convey their ideas in 2D with Posters
> Learn about innovative partnerships at the Pavilions
> Network in a relaxed atmosphere at the social events
World Conservation Congress 2008.
Nature+, the 2012 World Conservation Congress slogan

A slogan for the Congress
The Congress theme is Nature+, a simple and memorable slogan that captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of our lives.


A total of five focal themes will be addressed during the Congress and the Forum will dedicate one day of the Forum to each theme. 

> 7 September: Nature+ climate
> 8 September: Nature+ food
> 9 September: Nature+ development
> 10 September: Nature+ people & governance
> 11 September: Nature+ life
Nature+ food

Nature+ food: Nature-based solutions to food security
In the drive to address food security, there is a lack of understanding among policy makers that wild sources of food form an integral part of many people's diets.

> Watch video on Nature+ food

Attend the Opening ceremony

Ceremony for D-100 to the IUCN Congress

Fill in all the required details in your registration account so you won’t miss the opening ceremony on 6 September.

> Read more

One month left for Members accreditation

Members voting on motions at the 2008 IUCN Congress in Barcelona

Members can influence the global conservation agenda through the motions. To do this, they must get accreditation to vote and speak at the Members’ Assembly, together with observers with speaking rights.

> Find out more

The nature equation

Enrique Lahmann

Why did we decide to put a ‘plus’ with the word Nature? Is nature in itself not compelling enough? Read this exerpt from a speech given by Congress Director Enrique Lahmann at the Nature+ forum in Seoul.

> Read more

Korea's drive for green growth

Royal palace in Seoul

Green is an environmental buzzword. It seems there are many shades of green; but no palette as a reference. South Korea has set the ambitious goal of becoming the world’s model for green growth, writes Célia Zwahlen.

> Read more

Tip of the week

Travelling without a business card in South Korea would be like travelling without shoes: it would get you nowhere. Exchanging business cards is simply essential.
• DO hand over your card with the right hand while supporting your arm with your left hand
• DO accept a business card with both hands
• DO study the business card carefully
• DON’T scribble on someone’s business card
• DON’T place someone’s business card in your back pocket
You will get bonus points for translating your card in Korean!


From the Host Country

Logos of the Korean Ministry of Environment and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

The Ministry of Environment of the Korean Government and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province are kindly hosting the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2012. They have established the Korean Organizing Committee (KOC) in order to fully support the preparations.

> Keep up to date with the KOC


Book flight as soon as possible! Korean Air, the official Congress airline, provides discounts for participants
X Fill in your passport info in full in your registration account by 19 August to access to the ICCJ on 5 and/or 6 September
X  Make sure your registration is complete and fully paid
X  Sign up for a free ecotour by 20 August
X  Sign up quickly for a training session at the Conservation Campus
 Get accreditation to speak or vote at the Members' Assembly


What are the Congress's strengths?

“The opportunity for all organizations (large, small, etc.) to have equal time and space to present the issues that are important to them.” 2008 survey respondent


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Official Congress website

2012 Congress logo All you need to know about Congress and more
> www.iucn.org/congress


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Equipment & Catering

Korean food Order equipment online until 15 August and catering until 25 August
> Order now


Deadline for uploads

PowerPoints, agendas and final list of speakers must be uploaded on the Forum Web-spaces for the workshops and conservation campus by 15 August
> More info


The Congress in music

2am sings about Congress Korean band 2am sings the Congess song
> Listen now


A virtual tour of Jeju

Summit of Mt. Halla The wonders of Jeju and a glance at previous Congresses
> Photo gallery


Korea's ecological sites

Upo Marsh in Changnyeong, Korea Places of ecological interest in the Republic of Korea
> View photos


Impact of IUCN

Jeff paper - newsletter April 2012 What impact do resolutions have on global conservation?
> Learn more


Health check

Assessment of the implementation of the 2008 Resolutions Diagnosis of the 2008 resolutions' implementation
> Read now


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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; Food © B. Riche & G. Davila; Nature+ logo © IUCN; Theme icon © IUCN; 2008 Forum © IUCN / J.Muntaner; Sneak peek © SXC.hu; Congress logo © IUCN; Facebook and Twitter logos © Facebook and Twitter; D-100 ceremony in Jeju © Douglas Macdonald, The Jeju Weekly; Motions process © IUCN / J.Muntaner; Korean food © Jeju Special Self-governing Province; 2am © Korean Organizing Committee; Jeju © Jeju Special Self-governing Province; Upo Marsh © Hanjin Travel; Enrique Lahmann © IUCN; Royal Palace in Seoul © IUCN / Célia Zwahlen; Host country logos © Jeju Special Self-governing Province/Ministry of Environment of Korea; Question mark © SXC.hu; Impact of IUCN Resolutions © IUCN; Diagnostic of the 2008 resolutions 2008 © IUCN Spain.