Parallel events are events organised independently outside the Congress venue, but linked to the purpose of the Congress. Confirmed parallel events are listed in the table below ordered by date and time.

We will be adding more parallel events to the below list as they are confirmed, so keep an eye on this page for more exciting events.

If you want to attend a parallel event please contact the parallel event organisers directly via the email or web links provided to obtain booking information.

If you want to host your own parallel event, check out the host a parallel event page.

Please note that the World Parks Congress is not organising or hosting these Parallel Events. They are off-site events, organised by the listed hosts and are advertised to delegates as an opportunity to enhance their experience whilst attending the Congress.

Parallel events

Date & Time Event Host Location Booking Details
26 September 2014 (Walk Launch)
26-28 September
(6 Foot Track Walks – various lengths)
5 & 6 October
(Celebration Camp & Dinner)
"Colong Wilderness Walk: Dunphy’s Kowmung Adventure" Colong Foundation for Wilderness Walk Launch, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba
6 Foot Track Walks, various see website.
Celebration Dinner, Woolglemai Environmental Education Centre, Sheehys Creek Road, Oakdale
Event Information
Alex Allchin – Walk Leader
15-19 October 2014
6.30pm – 10.30pm
“Way of Nature
4-day Nature Quest”
Way of Nature Australia
Capertree National Park (West of the Blue Mountains) Event Information
Michael Taylor – Steward
6 November 2014
6.30pm – 10.30pm
“Vanishing Tracks – Protecting the Endangered Snow Leopard” The Australian Himalayan Foundation in partnership with Taronga Zoo Sydney Taronga Zoo Function Centre, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman Event Information and Registration
Australian Himalayan Foundation
02 9438 1822
29 October 2014 5.00pm-7.00pm “National Parks and Protected Areas: Are they fit for purpose in the 21st century?” University House, ANU and the Fenner School of Environment and Society University House Common Room, Australian National University, Canberra. Contact:
Prof. Peter Kanowski or
7-10 November
8.30am – 5.00pm (daily)
“Workshop: A Structured Approach to Protected Area Compliance Management” Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Event Venue TBA Townsville, Queensland Event Information and Registration
Reg Parsons
07 4750 0743
10 November 2014
10:00am – 3:00pm
Free Event - Thankyou Celebration
“Wilderness Research and Innovation - Australian Native Super Food Tasting & Natural Medicines; Capacity Building on Associated Primary Industries whilst Protecting the Wildlands; Rainforest and Medicinal Plant Tours” Australian Traditional Medicine Society Wollemi Conference Room, Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, Bells Line of Road, via Bilpin, Blue Mountains. Event Information and Registration
Annette Prehn
8 November 2014 (Optional Excursions)
Various Times
9 November 2014 (Conference)
9.00am – 5.00pm
“Celebrating Sydney’s Marine Environment: From Research to Action” National Parks Association of NSW Excursions – Varied locations in or close to Sydney Harbour (see website for details)
Conference – Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi, Sydney
Event Information and Registration
Gary Schoer
8 November 2014
9.00am – 5.00pm
(Registration from 8am)
“RZSNSW Forum: The value of protected areas for fauna conservation” Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
The Australian Museum, corner of William and College Streets, Sydney (Entry via William Street) Event Information
Booking Form
Martin Predavec
9 – 11 November 2014
8.00am – 6.00pm
“The Third International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA3)” International Committee on Marine Mammal Protected Areas Stamford Grand Adelaide, 150 North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia Event Information
Event Flyer
10 November 2014
5pm Drinks - 6pm Start
“Meet the Scientist – Marine Protected Areas provided refuge from climate change: Lessons learned from Seychelles coral reefs” SEA LIFE Trust
Foyer, Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium, 1-5 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour Event Information
Event Flyer
10 – 11 November 2014
“From the Ground to the Cloud: Google mapping tools for conservation of protected areas and parks” Google Earth Outreach
Google Offices, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Event Information
Apply Here
Karin Tuxen-Bettman
11 November 2014
2.00pm – 5.00pm
“Wildlife tourism and conservation of biodiversity in parks” Wildlife Tourism Australia Inc. & The Office of Environment and Heritage NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
59 Goulburn Street, Sydney
Event Information
Dr Ronda J Green
Dr Isabelle Wolf
11 November 2014
8.00am – 4.30pm
“The Conservation and Protection of the World’s Indigenous Temperate Grasslands: Current Status and Strategic Directions for the Next Decade” TGCI –Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative
World Commission on Protected Areas
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
Dawn Fraser Room, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park
Event Flyer
Bruce Downie
11 November (Stakeholder Dialogue)
12 November (Rainforest Summit)
“Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit”
Invitation Only
Department of Environment Sydney Event Information
11-16 November 2014

16 November 2014
7pm Start
“The 35 Wonders of the World - Exhibition”
“The 35 Wonders of the World – Opening Ceremony”
Agence Française de Développement Exhibition
Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquarie’s Road, Sydney (between Loin Gate, Henry Lawson Gate and Victoria Gate)
Opening Ceremony (Invite Only)
Royal Botanic Gardens, Lion Gate Lodge, Sydney
Event Information
Violetta Tosic
12 November 2014
8.30am – 4.00pm
“Global Eco-Tourism in Protected Areas Forum” Ecotourism Australia
Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre
Conference Room 3, Rod Laver Drive, Sydney Olympic Park
Event Information
Tony Charters
12 November 2014 8.30am – 12.00pm “The Ramsar Convention in Practice – wetland management perspectives” WetlandCare Australia Aquatic Centre, Olympic Boulevarde, Sydney Olympic Park Event Information & Registration
Louise Duff
13 November 2014 6.30pm – 8.00pm “In Defence of Land in Melanesia: Speakers from PNG and Vanuatu” AID/WATCH Brand X, Level 3, Central Park, 67 Broadway, Chippendale (next to Central Station) Event Information
Thulsi Narayanasamy - Director AID/WATCH
14 November 2014
“Healthy Parks Healthy People Telstra Business Breakfast”
Invitation Only
Parks Victoria & Telstra
Millennium Room, ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park Contact:
Kathleen Xinis
14 November 2014
“Sustainability Dialogue 2014: Achieving Climate Change Adaptation Macquarie University Centre for Environmental Law Macquarie City Campus, Level 2, 11 York Street, Sydney Event Information
Mostafa Naser
15 November 2014
7.30pm – 10.00pm
“Mission Blue” Film Screening IUCN WCPA
University of Technology, Sydney (City Campus), University Hall. Registration
Michelle Grady
16 November 2014
“Decision support tools workshop for protected area managers” University of Queensland Courtside Functions and Events Centre, Rod Laver Drive, Sydney Olympic Park Registration
Rebecca Laws
16 November 2014
11.00am – 1.00pm
“Stand up for Nature” Stand Up for Nature City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney CBD Event Information

Free Ticket
Justin Mckee
17 November 2014
6.00pm – 8.00pm
“Systematic Conservation Planning in Response to Climate Change (SPARC)” Luc Hoffmann Institute Waratah Room, Hockey Centre, Australia Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park Event Invitation

Carina Wyborn
17 November 2014
“Protecting the world’s primary forests: values, threats & opportunities” Bob Brown Foundation
The Nexus Room, Pullman Hotel, Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park Event Details
Jenny Catherine Weber
18 November 2014

18:30 Board Ferry Sydney Olympic Park Wharf

8.00pm – 10.45pm Event Starts
“From Durban to Sydney: A significant decade for protected area development”
(Invite Only)
Sydney Aquarium, 1-5 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour

30 November 2014
10.00am – 12.00pm
“Launching the Sustainability Cybernetics Journal” ICEA
International-Curricula Educators Association
Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside, NSW
(Refreshments Provided)

Gihan Sami Soliman
IUCN WCPA Parks Australia NSW NPWS