Protected areas (incl. World Heritage)

The Experience of the National Trust Act in Korea and its Suggestions toward Developing Countries (KOC official session)

"□ The ecological axis of the Korean Peninsula has been damaged so much due to high growth of Korean economy. In addition, climate change brings many droughts and floods. At this point of view, whole policies related to national territory and environment are requested to be reviewed.

"Funding species conservation" (SSC official session)

The conservation community keeps demonstrating that conservation does work when (i) actions are carefully planned and designed, (ii) the right players are involved, (iii) there is political support and (iv) sufficient funding is available. However if we collectively want to stop the species extinction crisis, much more needs to be done; in particular additional resources need to be found and existing ones need to be well spent: balancing between emergency responses and strategic approaches, maximizing the efficient use of a grant ….

Knowledge exchange in the social cloud: New pathways for professional updating in conservation

Bring your mobile devices, smartphones, pads, laptops, cameras to engage in storytelling with a purpose: using social media to move to action in professional updating for conservation. The session will produce multimedia portable presentations, useful as training resources and as social postcards from the World Conservation Forum. We will encounter examples of excellent networked knowledge sharing, and identify key elements of quality in multimedia conservation training.

The 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress: moving beyond targets, for protected areas that help address global challenges (WCPA official session)

The official launch event of the road to Sydney in 2014. The IUCN World Parks Congress has set the agenda for protected areas globally since the first event in 1962. At the last WPC held in Durban in 2003, the Durban Action Plan laid the foundation for the CBD’s Programme of Work on Protected Areas. For the 6th IUCN World Parks Congress, the challenge is even greater.

Restoring Hope: Building capacity for ecological restoration of protected areas

This workshop focuses on sharing knowledge and developing recommendations for building global capacity for ecological restoration in and around protected areas. Ecological restoration is an important management approach that offers hope that action can be taken, not only to repair ecological damage, but to renew economic opportunities, rejuvenate traditional cultural practices, and enhance ecological and social resilience to global and local changes. It is an increasingly important aspect of protected areas management.

Conserving Arctic and Antarctic Marine Biodiversity

This workshop will bring together experts from IUCN, Members and stakeholders from a number of countries active in marine conservation and management in the Arctic and the Antarctic. It will explore the biodiversity and biophysical values of the Arctic and Southern Oceans and develop ways to progress MPAs and integrated, ecosystem-based management (EBM) in both. These solutions have the potential to provide groundbreaking models for other ocean areas facing the twin threats of climate change and accelerating industrial activity.

Urban Dimensions of Nature Conservation: Roles for IUCN

Half the world´s population lives in cities; this is projected to grow to 60% by 2030 and 70% by 2050. The implications of this for nature conservation are many and complex. A few among many examples: (1) Conservation organizations depend on urban people for political and financial support, but city dwellers have less and less contact with nature; people can appreciate nature only if they know it. (2) There are often natural solutions to the challenges posed by climate change in urban areas.

Rethinking Protected Areas Systems: evidence-based solutions for a positive conservation future

Protected areas serve many purposes but, at their core, they must protect biodiversity. The global community has currently set aside 13% of lands and 1% of seas in protected areas and the Aichi targets commit to increasing that significantly by 2020. There is a growing literature that indicates protected areas do not always work well to conserve biodiversity.

High Seas Conservation: how can we manage our common oceans responsibly?

After years of discussion at the United Nations, many States are now calling for a new multilateral agreement for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. Come get an update on threats to high seas biodiversity and gaps in governance, debate the advantages and disadvantages of a new legal agreement, contribute on ways to improve the effectiveness of existing agreements, and help plan a better future for our global ocean commons.

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