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World Parks Congress launches its Preliminary Programme

The programme of the World Parks Congress finally takes shape with the launch of the preliminary programme! From the thousands of ideas, case studies and inspirational stories that were submitted from all over the world, the stream leaders and programme working group have designed a diverse and exciting schedule. While this programme will continue to develop over the coming months, the initial programme provides a comprehensive view of some of the sessions and events that will take place at the Congress.

The World Parks Congress organised by IUCN, will be held in Sydney 12-19 November 2014. The theme of the congress is Parks, People, planet: inspiring solutions and its programme will include:

Plenary sessions:

The Opening Plenary will bring together world leaders, governments, youth, indigenous peoples and numerous protected area stakeholders to debate the central question: Why Protected Areas?

The three sub-plenaries, Parks, People and Planet will showcase how vital protected areas are to humanity and what must be considered at the World Parks Congress to affect real change for the future.

The Stream Sessions, the work engines that power the Congress, will host charismatic keynote speakers and will comprise many interesting sessions on specific topics.

To start planning your Congress experience, visit the Programme page:


World Leaders Dialogue

From Thursday 13 to Tuesday, November 18, the « World Leaders Dialogue » will take centre stage. Political debates will let the world leaders specify theirs policies and actions to achieve the international issues for protecting Nature. These discussions will also involve media personalities, protected areas experts, activists, CEO from private sectors, Aboriginal leaders and politicians to make the World leaders dialogue one of the congress highlight.

The full details of the World Leaders Dialogues can be found here:


The Congress Pavilions

The conference will also host a number of institutions or partners who will entertain the participants on their respective pavilions with thought provoking presentations. For example, the French Marine Protected Area Agency in partnership with IUCN decided to continue the Ocean + adventure initiated during IMPAC3, the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress held in October 2013 in Marseille. This Pavilion will have a programme entirely dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and marine protected areas. 5 other pavilions will also be open to delegates.


Congress Field trip

The congress is not confined to the walls of the amphitheater or the workshop rooms! The programme also includes a variety of specialized Field Trips, enabling participants the opportunity to hear from the people on the ground, see conservation in action and learn from each other's experiences. These tours showcase the many successes and challenges across the Australian landscape.

Click here to book your Field trip today


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