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IUCN World Parks Congress

It only happens once a decade, so you don't want to miss out!  Join some of the most prominent minds in protected areas management and associated industries and issues.

Below are just a few of the speakers you'll miss out on if don't register! For a full list of speakers at the Congress, visit the website:

Luvuyo Mandela
Great-grand son of President Nelson Mandela

Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak
Secretary-General Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD)

Mary Rice

Image Credit: Eduard Muller

If you're planning to come en masse , the Congress Secretariat can facilitate organisation requests for group registrations through a special portal which will assist in the bulk confirmation of registrations and accommodation. This allows for direct control and tracking of registration data, including reporting. If your organisation, institution or government agency is intending on registering more than 25 people please make contact below:

Helane Clarke
Manager, Delegate Services
Tel: +61 3 9682 0500


If you are an international delegate travelling to Australia to attend the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, then you will need a valid visa.

Make sure you apply for your visa early as visa processing times do vary.  We recommend you apply for your visa at least 2 months prior to the Congress.  If you have particular character or health concerns, then you'll need to allow up to 4 month s- that's July 2014, s time to action this now!

It's important that prior to applying for your visa, you register and pay for your Congress registration.  Only then will you receive a letter (via email) that can be used to support your visa application.  

Click here for more details:


To secure your accommodation for your time in Sydney at the World Parks Congress you can book at the same time as registering via the online form. If you have already registered and only just determined that you need accommodation, please send your preferred dates and hotel from the list below to:

Hotel Room Rate per night
Mercure Sydney Standard Room AU$220.00
Rydges Parramatta Superior Room AU$229.00
Mercure Parramatta Standard Guest Room AU$230.00
Parkroyal Parramatta King Guest AU$235.00
Mantra Parramatta One Bedroom Apartment AU$259.00
Novotel Parramatta Superior King AU$280.00
Mercure Parramatta Privilege Room AU$280.00
Sydney Harbour Marriott Deluxe Room AU$319.00
Mercure Parramatta Junior King Suite AU$330.00

We estimate that 6800 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) will be generated from air travel to the Congress. To help balance the GHG impact of the Congress, IUCN staff will be purchasing carbon offset credits for air travel and shipping to the Congress.

Community-run forest nurseries rehabilitate the Kibale National Park in Uganda.

Supporting forests through offsetting

We’ve selected two fantastic projects which have verified GHG emissions reductions, and hope to encourage all our delegates to offset their air travel emissions too – a forest rehabilitation project in Uganda and a conservation project protecting critically threatened forests in Indonesia from further destruction. For every tonne of GHGs that's created by your air travel these projects ensure that an equivalent tonnage of GHGs is not emitted. (e.g. 3t per flight from Europe or 2t from USA).

Delegates can opt-in to offset during the registration process. We’re happy to report that so far approximately 80% of registered delegates have chosen to offset their air travel, mitigating their GHGs and helping restore and protect forests.

Read more about the offsetting projects, what else you can do to take green footsteps to the Congress and what we’re doing to create a green event.


Image Credit: Bruce Reardon

Rangers caring for a White Rhino calf, 'fingers' of light across the awesome escarpments of the World Heritage Greater Blue Mountains, elephants roaming through the deserts of Namibia and Uluru's endless milkyway sky are just some of the images that are flooding into the Congress photography competition.

Image Credit: Scott Ramsay

The competition is a pictorial celebration of our parks, people and planet, with finalists displayed at the World Parks Congress, and cash prizes up for grabs. It's open to professionals, amateurs, youth and instagram lovers, so get out and about in nature and start snapping away. We want to see the places and people who have inspired you which in turn will help us inspire others to conserve these remarkable places.  


There are numerous benefits to securing a sponsorship package or exhibition booth at the World Parks Congress, including:

  • Being part of the 'Inspiring Solutions' at this once in a decade event;
  • Developing high level, long term contacts with leading figures in the conservation sector;
  • Having direct access to the anticipated 4,000 participants;
  • Utilising the congress experience to showcase your organisation’s commitment to conservation and protected areas;
  • Sourcing new contacts and business leads or maintaining relationships with researchers, administrators and important institutions;
  • The opportunity to launch new initiatives, products or services

Spaces are limited for exhibition so please be sure to secure your spot with:

Emma Bowyer
Event Director & Domestic Fundraising Manager
Tel: +61 2 9254 5000


If you're an NGO, community group, art or craft society the Laneway was designed to give you an opportunity to further participate on the Congress. Don't miss out on showcasing your organisation to a global audience. Expressions of interest close 31 July, so get your application together now! Find out more here:


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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