The Forum is a public gathering hosted by the world’s conservation community, bringing together people from all over the world to discuss, share and learn. Addressing the world’s most pressing sustainable development challenges, the Forum offers a unique platform for debates, workshops, dialogues, roundtable discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions.

The Forum was held during the first five days (from 7 to 11 September) of the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju and conservationists from all walks of life took part in all sorts of exciting events.


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  • World Leaders Dialogues: Prime-time public debates between high profile figures – with the interaction of the public

The President of South Korea addresses the opening ceremony

  • Opening ceremonies: Impressive
    set-ups, beautiful performances 
    and compelling speeches to kick off the event

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  • Workshops: The practical, solution-based approach to conservation work

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  • Knowledge Café: Exploring the depths of the most challenging conservation issues today

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  • Conservation Campus: A dive into IUCN’s vast pool of knowledge through an intensive training-based set-up

Water Pavilion: Latin American Day

  • Pavilions: Unique opportunities to learn about the most innovative partnerships that will drive conservation globally in the coming few years and talk to the right people

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  • Posters: A visual, concise rendering on nature conservation

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  • Social Events: The social side of the IUCN Congress, offering a festival of music, culture and receptions

The Exhibition at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress, Jeju

Exhibition: Some 150 organizations and associations showcasing their work

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Congress Theme

 Following the slogan Nature+, which captures nature’s fundamental resilience, events will address five areas defined as the 2012 Congress’s focal themes:

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