By IUCN's Gemma Chapman, at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress.

There’s a real buzz in the air here in Jeju. Everyone has a purpose to their walk, and last minute preparations are happening all over the conference centre and beyond.
My purpose in all of this is to finalise preparations for the Conservation Campus – the half and full-day training sessions that are happening 7-11 September. After months of hard work organising the logistics with our Korean colleagues and working out ways to accommodate requests from session organisers, we’re just one day away from launching.

It’s not always been an easy task – I love organising events but I’m also used to how tricky it can be and this is always made more difficult when it is in a different country! But it all makes it worthwhile when I see the dedication from everyone involved. There’s no-one who isn’t committed to making sure that these training events go as smoothly as possible and that each and every participant gains the maximum amount from it.

There are still some spaces left in the sessions, so to anyone who is considering enrolling, I say sign up today. You won’t be disappointed… The experts are waiting!