People are the driving force for a future with nature and through collective efforts we can bring about the changes needed to protect the environment our lives so depend on.

The pavilions at the World Conservation Congress offer a window into the vast range of work that happens at IUCN. Implementing field projects and gathering data on the ground, the vast network of scientists and experts contributing to the IUCN cause constitutes an invaluable source of information that helps shape conservation work internationally and locally.

Through the pavilions, Congress participants were able to learn about some of the most compelling stories on conservation work today and discover how innovative partnerships will drive conservation globally in the coming few years.

Conveniently located on both the main lobby and fifth floor of the International Convention Centre (ICC), the pavilions also provided an ideal venue to close  negotiations started at a Forum event or simply mingle with other peers.

Species pavilion
We all too often forget man is just another species of mammals. One of the most compelling arguments by nature is the variety of animals large and small that it homes. How sad the world would be if we couldn’t be moved by their distinctiveness and beauty! Better knowledge about species, the threats they face and the conservation measures that can be taken helps drive action. This pavilion will showcase how, by combining world-class knowledge, standards and tools with a mobilized network of IUCN Members and partners, we can foster real change in policies and action on the ground to conserve species.


Business & Economy pavilion
No matter how hard we try to minimize our footprint on nature, we are all consumers and inevitably participate to the world’s pollution. Nature conservation needs to engage all actors of society for it to be truly effective. Arguably, none has more impact on the environment than the business community, as it affects everything from production standards to consumption patterns. This pavilion showcases how business practices, market trends, consumer preferences and policy frameworks can be transformed to generate benefits for biodiversity and livelihoods depending on natural resources.

Blue Planet pavilion
There’s a whole world going on beneath the surface of the ocean. It is so different from ours, so vast and mesmerizing, it never fails to fascinate whoever ventures into its depths. Oceans and seas cover 70% of the planet and host huge and unknown biodiversity. This pavilion will demonstrate how, by sharing knowledge, exchanging information and views and launching and promoting marine conservation and sustainable development activities, we can ensure and foster the conservation of marine biodiversity, as well as the equitable and sustainable use of our oceans.

Protected Planet pavilion
Man’s step on the environment can be overwhelming if unchecked, too often leading to irreversible losses in nature’s wildlife. The conservation of biodiversity increasingly relies on the foundation of protected areas. Such defined territories, including World Heritage Sites, make a significant contribution to addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges, while also promoting thriving communities and enhancing the resilience of the planet. This pavilion will describe how effective management and governance of protected areas are vital to a just and equitably shared planet for the benefit of all.


A Just World pavilion
People depend on the resources produced by nature. Yet nature’s products are subject to social, geographic, economic and political considerations. The quality of decision-making processes around natural resources management affects the success of biodiversity conservation and the extent to which ecosystems can maintain and enhance their capacity to contribute to human well-being. This pavilion is about sharing power, responsibility and benefits in natural resource management, as well as strengthening governance arrangements, including legal entitlements, to make decisions more transparent, inclusive and equitable, may enhance opportunities for resilient communities and ecosystems.

Korea pavilion
The host country of the 2012 World Conservation Congress is happy to provide an exciting space to discover more on environmental activities happening in the Republic of Korea.

Jeju pavilion
 Jeju is a rich hub for ecosystems and is known for its wetlands, coast lines and volcanic formations. Widely untouched by the hand of man, yet very important for the characteristic local culture, the island’s natural sites are now the scene of a sustainable ecotourism that is steadily growing.


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