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The IUCN Congress experience wouldn’t be complete without exploring the surroundings of the venue. This is why the Host Country is giving participants the chance to go on one-day-long ecological excursions – free of charge – on 13 September.
A limited number of two-day excursions around Korea can also be enjoyed at a great discount after the Forum (12-13 September) and after the Congress (16-17 September).

Upo Marsh in Changnyeong, Korea

Jeju boasts an array of breathtaking natural sites that has firmly placed the island on the map of world must-sees. Boasting three UNESCO titles and three Ramsar sites, Korea’s crown jewel offers some of the best opportunities for ecotourism.
Sign up and reserve your place on an excursion until 5 July. You will be able to choose from 51 themed one-day tours around Jeju, or 16 routes for two-day visits of Korea.
To do so, log in to your registration account and follow the Ecotours link on the info or confirmation tab, so you will be identified as a registered participant. You will be prompted to create a password for the ecotour booking portal.

> Find out more about the free and discounted ecotours
> Jeju is a prime holiday destination: make sure to book your accommodation on time
> Jeju in pictures
> Jeju in film

Jeju marks 100 days until the Congress

IUCN Director General meets President of the Republic of Korea Lee Myung-Bak at the Blue House, 6 June 2012

An estimated 3,500 people attended the festivities in Jeju to celebrate 100 days until the 2012 Congress. Korea’s President Lee confirmed in person to IUCN's Director General that he would be opening the IUCN Congress on 6 September.

> Read more

The Forum at the World Conservation Congress

Forum event at the 2008 IUCN World Conservation Congress

Along with the innovative conferencing sessions at the Forum, side events will also animate the Congress, creating opportunities to network in a lively atmosphere. The official social events selected as part of the Congress have now been shortlisted.

> Get a sneak peek of the Social Events

Check out the different types of events taking place at the Forum:

> Ask your questions at the World Leaders Dialogues
> Find out about cutting-edge conservation at the Workshops
> Share your views on challenging issues at the Knowledge Café
> Get hands-on training at the Conservation Campus
> See how people convey their ideas in 2D with Posters
> Learn about innovative partnerships at the Pavilions

Members' Assembly: democracy in action

Valli Moosa and Ashok Khosla at the 2008 Member's Assembly

As IUCN’s highest decision-making body, the Assembly is where Members exercise their rights and influence the global conservation agenda. To maximize opportunities for discussion, online technologies are used to facilitate debate and spread information before the start of the Congress.


Members play an active role in IUCN's decision-making process:

> Over 180 motions have been submitted by Members and are now under review. By 8 July, the final list will be published and the Motions blog will be reopened
> 10 proposals have been prepared by the IUCN Council to amend the Statutes and Rules of Procedure of the Congress. An online discussion area is now open for Members and Commission members

The Korean touch

Host country Korea during D-100

No one will contest that the World Conservation Congress is a global summit. But markedly in 2012, it will also be Korean. The Republic of Korea is a country full of spirit and surprises. It has mobilized resources and an impressive workforce to organize what promises to be a dashing Congress.

> Read more

From the Host Country

Logos of the Korean Ministry of Environment and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

The World Conservation Congress is hosted by the Republic of Korea and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province on Jeju Island, crown jewel of the Yellow Sea. The summit could not happen without the support of the Ministry of Environment of the Korean Government and Jeju Special Self-Governing Province.

> Keep up to date with the Korean Organizing Committee

30 June: Book your accommodation through the official housing bureau until that date to get guaranteed priority booking
5 July (24:00 GMT/UTC): Make sure to have fully completed your registration to benefit from the Early Bird fees. Payments also need to be processed by the same day to qualify for the discount
5 July: Deadline to sign up for free and discounted ecotours to discover the ecological treasures of Jeju island
8 July: The list of reviewed motions and the next statutory documents that will be presented during the Congress are published


Sneak peek Search events or log in to customize your personal agenda
> Browse the programme


Official Congress website

2012 Congress logo All you need to know about Congress and more
> www.iucn.org/congress


Congress 2.0

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The Congress in music

2am sings about Congress Korean band 2am sings the Congess song
> Listen now


Official Housing Bureau

International Convention Centre, Jeju Book your hotel here until 30 June to get priority
> Read more


Air travel

Royalty free image for non-commercial use Book your flights through the official agency
> Visit raptim



Royalty free for non commercial use Do you need a visa to travel to Jeju? 
> Read more


Got a question?

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Forum web-spaces

Forum web-spaces Manage your event in a few simple clicks
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Impact of IUCN

Jeff paper - newsletter April 2012 What impact do resolutions have on global conservation?
> Learn more


Health check

Assessment of the implementation of the 2008 Resolutions Diagnosis of the 2008 resolutions' implementation
> Read now


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Photo credits: Banner © UICN; Upo Marsh © Hanjin Travel; Marton-Lefèvre and Korean President Lee © Blue House; Sneak peek © SXC.hu; Forum 2008 © IUCN; Congress logo © IUCN; Facebook and Twitter logos © Facebook and Twitter; Assemblée des Membres 2008 © UICN; 2am © Korean Organizing Committee; D-100 in Jeju © Jeju Weekly; Forum web-spaces © IUCN; Jeju © Jeju Special Self-governing Province; Logos pays hôtes © Jeju Special Self-governing Province/Ministry of Environment of Korea; Airplane © SXC.hu; Passport © SXC.hu ; Question mark © SXC.hu; Impact of IUCN Resolutions © IUCN; Diagnostic of the 2008 resolutions 2008 © IUCN Spain.