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25 Sep
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South Caucasus Countries  at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

TJS  and IUCN jointly facilitate the participation of Georgia Azerbaijan and Armenia at the congress


The IUCN World Conservation Congress (IUCN WCC) is the largest and one of the most important conservation events of the world, where leaders represented from governmental and non-governmental sectors and different stakeholders have a platform to discuss and find solutions for most pressing environment and development issues. The IUCN WCC was held from 6 to 15 September, 2012 in Jeju, republic of South Korea. Transboundary Joint Secretariat (TJS) and IUCN Caucasus Cooperation Centre (IUCN CCC) started cooperating in 2011 and signed a memorandum of understanding as a framework for fostering relations and for cooperating on activities of common interest. Georgia has been a State Member of IUCN since 2008. Azerbaijan and Armenia have expressed interest in State Membership. TJS and IUCN CCC jointly facilitated the participation of candidates from Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. Participation on the World Conservation Congress allowed participants to meet with colleagues and partners to discuss experiences and issues on biodiversity and nature conservation and helped to expand the professional network. Tamar Pataridze, representative of Georgian delegation was elected as IUCN regional councilor for East Europe, North and Central Asia. At a special Caucasus event arranged by IUCN CCC the main environmental aspects of Caucasus eco-region, current projects and the future goals were presented to a larger audience. TJS will facilitate IUCN CCC to provide a follow-up to the congress for dissemination of the experiences and new insights in South Caucasus.