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The IUCN World Conservation Congress

5-14 October 2008

More than 8,000 of the world’s leading decision makers in sustainable development: from governments, NGOs, business, the UN and academia. Together in one place for 10 days: to debate, share, network, learn, commit, vote and decide. The objective: ideas, action and solutions for a diverse and sustainable world.

Four Aliances workshops will have a focus on the World Heritage Convention during the Congress, as part of the Protected Areas Journey, coordinated in partnership with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.  These events provide an opportunity to shape enhancements to the Convention in a workshop organized by IUCN and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and to contribute to discussions focused on the role of World Heritage in supporting management effectiveness, tourism and biodiversity conservation within protected areas.  Side meetings will focus on World Heritage marine sites and cultural landscapes.

6th October 2008


Meeting: for World Heritage Managers supported through Star Alliance.

14:30 - 16:00
1259 - Celebrating Protected Areas, their values and their People
Join the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas in launching the Protected Areas Journey at WCC

7th October 2008

09:30 - 11:00

Workshop: 1262 - State of the World’s protected areas - evaluating management effectiveness
Organised by: IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (including new products developed for World Heritage Sites and protected areas and the launch of “Enhancing Our Heritage”)

8th October 2008

16:30 - 18:00

Workshop: 1506 - Enhancing the role of the World Heritage Convention in setting standards for protected areas

Organised by: IUCN - Programme on Protected Areas and UNESCO World Heritage Centre

18:00 – 19:00

Side Meeting: World Heritage Marine Programme: Where next?

9th October 2008

11:30 - 13:00

Workshop: 817 - Rethinking Destination Management and Visitation at World Heritage sites: Partnerships, policies and processes to reduce impacts 

Organised by: IUCN WCPA Task Force on Tourism and Protected Areas, UNESCO WHC and Charles Darwin Foundation

14:30 - 16:00

Workshop: 319 - World Heritage as a contribution to the 2010 target
Organised by: German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation -Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN)


Side Meeting: World Heritage Cultural Landscapes: a guide for practitioners


Sunday, 5 October 2008
Tuesday, 14 October 2008

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