A record 10,000 delegates from more than 170 countries are taking part in the 2012 World Conservation Congress that kicked off its 10-day run Thursday on Jeju Island.
The world's oldest and largest environmental conference has been organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature since 1948. The IUCN boasts the world's largest global environmental network with 89 member states, 124 government agencies, and over 1,000 NGOs that can influence future laws and policies.
The Jeju Congress consists of 450 forums, and a summary of key agreements at the congress will be presented for the first time in IUCN conference history under the name "Jeju Declaration."
The quadrennial conference is presenting its theme of "Resilient Nature" with five agenda items -- climate change, food security, green economy, governance over natural resources, and the protection of biodiversity.