The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

The IUCN World Parks Congress is a landmark global forum concerning protected areas held every ten years. As the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management, it sets the global agenda for the following decade.

In November 2014, Australia had the honour of hosting the IUCN World Parks Congress at Sydney Olympic Park. 

As challenges in sustainable development and sustainable use of the earth’s natural resources accelerate, the outcomes of 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress will play a key role in ensuring that protected areas can contribute towards addressing them. The ultimate aim of the Congress was to position parks and protected areas firmly within broader goals of economic and community wellbeing. The theme of the Congress was Parks, People Planet: Inspiring Solutions.

The congress focused on:

  • Reaching Conservation Goals
  • Responding to Climate Change
  • Improving Health and Wellbeing
  • Supporting human life
  • Reconciling development challenges
  • Enhancing the diversity and quality of governance
  • Respecting Indigenous and traditional knowledge and culture
  • Inspiring a new generation

For information regarding the congress head to the IUCN WPC Website or HPHP Central.