World Parks Congress

World Parks Congress 2014: Parks, People, Planet: Inspiring Solutions

Parks Australia is very proud to be co-hosting the sixth International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress in November 2014 in partnership with the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Who is involved?

The congress will bring over 4000 delegates from over 160 countries to Sydney to share their ideas and experiences.


Held once every ten years, discussions at the congress will help set the global conservation and protected areas agenda for the following decade. This year's congress is themed Parks, People, Planet: Inspiring Solutions and will focus on the benefits that well managed protected areas bring to people and communities. It will help identify solutions to pressing global environment and development challenges. The purpose of the congress is to position parks and protected areas firmly within broader goals of economic and community wellbeing.

Why is Australia involved?

As the most significant meeting of protected area professionals in the world, the congress provides Australia an opportunity to influence the global agenda and to strengthen our engagement with the world's major economies. As host, Australia will also have the opportunity to showcase to the world our own inspiring places, inspiring people and inspiring solutions.

What has been achieved so far?

Since the first congress, held in Seattle, USA in 1962, the World Parks Congress movement has significantly influenced the way the world has viewed and managed its protected areas. Each congress has been a critical step in changing conservation policy worldwide, addressing global challenges and opportunities and establishing standards to ensure that protected areas are effective.

Where and when?

The 2014 World Parks Congress will be held at Sydney Olympic Park, Australia from 12-19 November 2014.

Would you like more information?

If you'd like to get involved and receive regular updates on the Congress website at

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