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IUCN World Parks Congress

IUCN Member National Geographic has become the official media partner for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014.

In Sydney, National Geographic will be actively involved in the Congress theme Inspiring a new generation.

The Congress will feature some of National Geographic flagship initiatives, including the BioBlitz challenge and Pristine Seas expeditions. National Geographic keynote speakers include Dr Sylvia Earle, who has been named Patron of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014.

National Geographic Channel Australia will also be promoting the Congress and reporting on-site.


If you work on marine, freshwater or terrestrial systems, our Climate Change Stream seeks your views.

The stream is looking for your perceptions on progress towards climate change adaptation and the barriers you see to implementing adaptation options in protected areas. The results will help them understand the state of knowledge, potential barriers and actions underway around the world.

The survey takes about 12 minutes. Stay anonymous if you wish or register at the end for a chance to win an iPad mini! The results will presented in the session Perceptions and Expectations for Protected Areas under Climate Change.

Click here for the Climate Change Survey.


The final touches are being made to the World Parks Congress Opening Ceremony and it is going to be something special!

Without giving too much away, it will be a great spectacle – a fitting welcome to the 5,000 delegates gathering in Sydney from across the globe.

It will kick off with a traditional welcome from Australia’s First Peoples with an Aboriginal smoking ceremony, dance and music. Luvuyo Mandela will pay tribute to his great grandfather Nelson Mandela, patron of the last IUCN World Parks Congress in South Africa and we’ll see a handover of the Congress to the Australian hosts.

Australian and international dignitaries will welcome you and you’ll be introduced to the Congress patrons and champions.

Spectacular live and audio visual performances will showcase some of the unique and precious natural areas from across the world - a reminder of just how critical they are to our planet, our health and our survival.

Don’t miss the welcome cocktail reception following the Opening Ceremony. You’ll be entertained by live music from Aboriginal artist Dave Dow and his big band and have the opportunity to taste some of Australia’s local produce.


Come and join the local Sydney community and get involved in capturing a snapshot of the biodiversity at Sydney Olympic Park.

Be inspired by our experts as they take you on guided nature surveys where you’ll go hunting for birds, insects, plants, frogs and water bugs! If you’re savvy with a smartphone camera and a map you can go solo using the iNaturalist app to snap and identify as many species as you can. The species records you collect on the day will be fed into the Atlas of Living Australia, Australia’s largest open source database of biodiversity information.

This PlanetFest event is a great opportunity to learn more about BioBlitzes and how they can assist protected area managers to involve the public in scientific surveys.

It is free! Register here or come and see us at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage stand.

Join the conversation on Twitter #WPCBioBlitz or follow @OEHmedia.


Almost 50 per cent of delegates are offsetting their flights to IUCN World Parks Congress 2014!

And IUCN is purchasing carbon credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions for travel and shipping to the Congress.

We encourage all delegates to join us in offsetting your air travel emissions - help support these wonderful forest projects in Uganda and Indonesia.

If you didn’t opt-in to offsetting during registration but would like to offset, please contact the Congress Secretariat.


We are managing the delivery of IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in compliance with the international standard ISO 20121: Event Sustainability Management Systems.

Managing to this standard allows us to leave a lasting legacy of knowledge and systems for managing sustainability at future events by the IUCN and our venue hosts Sydney Showgrounds. The venue has enthusiastically supported our sustainability journey, and has now created a Greening Committee!


  • Book into a green hotel
  • Carbon offset your flights
  • Take public transport in Sydney. Check 131500 (phone and web) or download the transport app TripView Sydney
  • Use the free water refill stations and avoid using purchased packaged water.
  • Think twice before taking freebies from exhibitors unless you will use them
  • Opt for electronic version of Congress programmes and paperwork

General enquiries
WPC 2014 Secretariat
ICMS Australasia
GPO Box 3270
Sydney NSW 2001

Ph: +61 2 9254 5000
Fax: +61 2 9251 3552

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