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IUCN World Conservation Congress Event

The 23rd IUCN World Conservation Congress was held in Jeju, Republic of Korea in September 2012. The event 'Our Protected Planet: Enhancing worldwide knowledge on protected areas in the Republic of Korea, China and Japan' was held at the Korean Pavilion at the Congress with representatives attending from each of the countries. The event acted as a way to together bring the partners in the project together, and was jointly hosted by UNEP-WCMC and the Korea National Park Service.

The event featured an introduction to the project and the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), a brief overview of the protected area systems in each country, and a discussion session focused on progress towards Aichi Target 11, the importance of protected areas in Asia, and the information base on protected areas in the project countries. The session generated some good discussion on the issues and characteristics of the protected area systems in Asia, and in particular on the importance and need of the IUCN protected area management categories.

The discussion session featured Charles Besancon (CBD), Bastian Bertzky (UNEP-WCMC), Hag-Young Heo (IUCN Asia/Korea National Park Service), Scott Perkin (IUCN Asia), Zhu Chunquan (IUCN China), Xie Yan (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Keisuke Takahashi (MoE Japan), Bo-hym Kim (Korea National Park Service), Suk- Hwan Hong (Pusan University, Korea) and Jeff McNeely (IUCN WCPA), as well as other attendees from the countries such as IUCN members, Beijing Forestry University and Kyushu University. Following the event seperate meetings were held with the countries on next steps to implement the project and on planning the national workshops.