The Ministry of Environment of the Korean Government and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province kindly hosted the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2012. They established the Korean Organizing Committee (KOC) for 2012 World Conservation Congress in order to fully support the organization of 2012 WCC.

IUCN thanks all of them for their generous support in the preparation for the Congress!

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The Korean Organizing Committee

The Korean Organizing Committee (KOC) was temporarily established in preparation for the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012. Its main objectives are to enhance promotion and marketing for the Congress, develop agendas by creating events and encouraging participation in the forum events, and support the IUCN Congress by laying out the groundwork for a green event and establishing a network for cooperation.

Ministry of Environment

The Ministry of Environment is the governmental institution responsible for proposing and executing policy relating to the fight against climate change, protection of the country’s natural heritage, its biodiversity, seas, water, rural development, agricultural resources, livestock and fishery resources, and its food.

The mission of the Ministry is to protect the national territory from threats of environmental pollution and improve the quality of life for the public so that the people can enjoy ambient natural environment, clean water and clear skies. Furthermore, it aims to contribute to the global efforts to protect our one and only Earth.

The Ministry is an active member of IUCN and will represent the Korean government in the Members' Assembly of IUCN.

Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

Jeju Special Self-Governing Province is the only special autonomous province of Korea. Jeju is the largest island in South Korea lying South of the mainland in the Korea Strait. Jeju is a volcanic island, dominated by Mount Halla and was created entirely from volcanic eruptions approximately 2 million years ago. Jeju is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site “Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes” and Ramsar wetland sites, each with their own unique ecosystems.

Jeju's slogan is "The World Comes to Jeju, and Jeju Goes to the World". The environment has a high value in Jeju which promotes the harmony of people and nature.

Jeju Special Self-Governing Province is an active member of IUCN.