The 1st Asia Park Congress aims to connect protected area practitioners and wide range of stakeholders for addressing issues and opportunities of the 21st Century as the first-time park congress in Asia, through sharing our experiences, learning each other, and collaborative working.
In consideration of the discussions made at the Preliminary Asia Parks Congress held in November 2011, the theme of the Asia Parks Congress has agreed as “Parks Connect”, taking into consideration a flexible yet unifying concept of the connections at many different levels which link nature with people, people with people, and protected areas with the outside of protected areas.
（Although“Park” is used in the Congress name as a representative of protected areas, the Asia Parks Congress will cover protected areas as a whole: they include strict nature reserves, wilderness areas, national parks, regional parks, wildlife protection areas, habitat/spices management areas, protected landscapes, forest protected areas, urban open spaces, Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserves, UNESCO Geoparks, and protected areas managed by local communities.）
The Asia Parks Congress provides the opportunity to:
Share good practices of protected areas in Asia, and values of PAs for establishing a cooperative structure among a various stakeholders.
Contribute protected areas management and planning in the world through sharing experiences in Asia.
Establish the agenda for PAs in Asia and promote actions toward achieving the Aichi Targets and the objectives of the PoWPA.
Build regional capacity to deal with problems of PAs.
Provide regional perspective and input to relevant regional and global events including the World Parks Congress in 2014.
3. Congress organizers
Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan
IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature