Website Policy

This World Parks Congress Web Site (the “Website”) is owned by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (hereafter referred to as “IUCN” or “We”).

The terms of this Website Policy (the “Policy”) might be changed from time to time by updating this page.

Please check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of this Website following the posting of changes to this Policy will mean you accept those changes.

This Policy applies to all users who access the Website.


With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms and where otherwise noted, all material presented on this Website is provided under the Creative Commons License accessible at Please note that in case of inconsistency between this Policy and the Creative Commons License, this Policy will prevail.

The details of the relevant licence conditions are available on the Creative Commons website accessible under In essence, you are free to copy and communicate material on this Website in its current form for all non-commercial purposes, as long as you provide attribution to the author and abide by the licence terms as provided under the Creative Commons License.

General content from this Website is owned by IUCN.

Third party copyright

To the extent that copyright subsists in a third party it remains with the original owner and written permission shall be required to reuse the material.

Privacy Policy

The Website makes some use of data that only indirectly identifies users. We take great care with practices that affect personal privacy. As a general rule, we do not collect or record data that directly identifies users.


If you are under 18, be sure to obtain your parent's or guardian's permission before you send any information about yourself (your name, address, e-mail address, etc.) to us or anyone else over the internet. We encourage parents to get involved with their children's use of the internet and to be aware of the activities in which they are participating.

Data Collection

Data that indirectly identifies users is gathered during interactions with the Website in the following circumstances:

  • Computer Information
    It is necessary that your web browser provides your machine's network address, so the web server can address its replies back to the correct machine. In addition, the browser type and operating system information may be recorded.
  • Navigation and Click-Stream Data
    Browsing any web site generates a trail of pages visited, the amount of data transferred and the time of access. This information is recorded against the network address supplied by your web browser.
  • Electronic Mail
    It is a necessary part of electronic mail that a sender and receiver address is supplied. These are recorded as well as a message identifier, amount of data and the time. The address you supply as sender is only a pseudonym and may possibly bear no relation to your real name, so is not considered as directly identifying you.


If you use forms on the Website to provide information, register interest, or purchase publications, the information you provide is not retained on the public web server and will not be used for purposes other than that for which it was provided.

We will only record your e-mail address if you send us a message. It will only be used for the purpose for which it was provided and will not be added to a mailing list unless that is the purpose of the message. We will not use your e-mail address for any other purpose, and will not disclose it without your consent.

Data Storage, Retention, Use and Disclosure

The data referred to above and described in more details under the sections “Data” and “Forms,” and respectively hereafter altogether referred as “Data”, is generated by the systems you are accessing, and stored in system logs. These logs are preserved and archived for possible future use.

The Data is used by the Website software, and by our support staff, only for

  • Website and systems administration, including monitoring as a security measure
  • customisation of the Website to meet your needs
  • evaluation, research and development.

The Data will not be disclosed to a third party except where it is legally required, such as but not limited in the investigation of a criminal offence, and in compliance with a search warrant or subpoena.


A cookie is a very small text file placed onto your computer when you visit a Website. A cookie can be 'persistent' (meaning that it is written to a permanent file on your hard disk) or 'session-only' (in which case the cookie is deleted at the end of your browsing session).

Cookies are not generally used on the Website. The exception to this is the search facility, which has been built to use only temporary 'session ID' cookies. One cookie is created at the beginning of the user's search session and discarded at its conclusion. The cookie is not used to collect or store any information about the user, only to allocate a temporary identifier to the search session.

Without such a session ID, the user would lose the entire search context each time a new web page is visited during a search session, e.g., by viewing a document retrieved by a search. If cookies are disabled, the search program could not provide more than a very basic functionality - far less than is expected by our users.

Our live broadcasts do not use cookies.

User Feedback

We seek feedback from our users in order to improve the service offered by the Website. Answering feedback questions is voluntary and does not in any way affect your access to the Website.

We record the information requested on the online forms in a database. The information will only be used for the purpose for which it was requested and will not be distributed further, or disclosed, without your consent.

Note: We recognise that there can be risks associated with the transmission of information over the internet for which IUCN shall not be held responsible.

Links to other sites

This Website contains links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any such web sites.


This Website provides information free of charge for the benefit of the public. We monitor the quality of the information available on this Website and update the information regularly.

We do not guarantee, and accept no legal liability whatsoever arising from or connected to, the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material contained on this Website or on any linked site.

We recommend that users exercise their own skill and care with respect to their use of this Website and that users carefully evaluate the accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance of the material on the Website for their purposes.

The material on this Website may include views or recommendations of third parties which do not necessarily reflect the views of IUCN, Parks Australia and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, or indicate their commitment to a particular course of action.

This Website contains links to other websites that are external to World Parks Congress Website. We take reasonable care in linking websites but have no direct control over the content of the linked sites, or the changes that may occur to the content on those sites. It is the responsibility of the user to make his/her own decisions about the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of information contained in linked external websites. Links to other websites are inserted for convenience only and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or of any associated organisation, product or service.


You will indemnify and hold IUCN harmless from and against any claims, losses and/or damages made or sustained by third parties arising out of or related to your conduct, your use or inability to use the Website, your breach or alleged breach of the Website Policy or of the terms of the Creative Commons License, or your violation of any other rights.