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Countdown to Congress

One year from now, leaders from government, UN agencies, business, industry and civil society organizations will come together in the Republic of Korea to debate and decide on solutions to the world’s most pressing environment and development challenges.

The occasion is the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress which will run from 6 to 15 September. Held every four years, the IUCN Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. It aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development.

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Flowers of Balochistan


News from the IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum.

Greater regional cooperation is needed to boost plant conservation in Asia, says new report.

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A freshwater turtle (Nilssonia hurum) is caught by a fisherman in Tanguar Haor for consumption. Many turtles species are heavily exploited for food in Southeast Asia.


What are IUCN's priorities for the coming years?

The World Conservation Congress will be centred around five key themes, including food security, greening the world economy and human well-being. Find out more by listening to interviews with our experts.

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Enrique Lahmann, IUCN Congress Director outlines the issues that will be at stake in Korea.

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