International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress, 2014

Sydney’s global appeal combined with Australia’s world-class nature and wildlife were key factors that saw the doubling of delegates to 6,000 attendees for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress.

Held from 12 to 19 November 2014, at Sydney Olympic Park, the IUCN World Parks Congress focused on sharing knowledge and setting the agenda for conserving the world’s natural environment. The event, which is held every 10 years, was secured by Business Events Sydney and hosted by Parks Australia and the New South Wales (NSW) National Parks and Wildlife Service, with support from the NSW and Australian Governments.

Ambassador of the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress and former head of Parks Australia, Peter Cochrane, who was instrumental in securing the meeting for Sydney, adds further that Australia’s strong global role in environmental conservation was also a strong reason why the country secured the event, with many countries looking to Australia for ideas and action.

In keeping with the congress themes and subject matter, the event was held at Sydney Olympic Park, about 10 kilometres from the central business district, which was once home to the city’s brickworks, an abattoir and waste area. It now incorporates 430 hectares of parklands, extensive sporting and event facilities, hotels, apartments, and a growing list of corporate head offices.

The majority of the congress was held within the park at Sydney Showground and its range of venues and spaces with the welcome reception, exhibition, plenaries, workshops and even a final night casual barbecue all hosted on the extensive footprint.

Prior to meetings, delegates were invited to take guided restoration ecology walks, wetland tours, bird watching tours, or hire a bike for a ride around the precinct.

The week-long congress concluded with the unveiling of ‘`The Promise of Sydney’ - a strategy that almost guarantees the implementation of policies that will lead to a better, greener world.

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Watch below the 2014 World Parks Congress in action.