As a pre-event of the World Conservation Congress, held in Jeju in 2012, the Korea Organizing Committee for 2012 World Conservation Congress holds the IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum in Songdo, Incheon from September 27 to 30. At the forum, about 600 participants from 19 Asian nations will review action plans on the Asian environment and discuss agendas for 2012 WCC. Under the theme, 'Greening Asia’s Growth, Nature+,’ the forum is jointly sponsored by IUCN, the Ministry of Environment, and the Korean National Commission for IUCN and supervised by the Korea Organizing Committee for 2012 World Conservation Congress and IUCN.
On the first day, Director General of IUCN Julia Marton-Lefevre gave an opening address and Minister of Environment of Korea Yoo Young-sook and chairman of the 2012 WCC organizing committee Lee Hong-gu gave a welcoming speech. Also, a panel discussion was held on Asia’s green growth (convener: Ashok Khosla, president of IUCN). At the discussion, minister Yoo and Sri Lanka’s minister of environment Anura Priyadarshana Yapa explained Korea’s low carbon green growth policies and Sri Lanka’s road map for sustainable development respectively. Also, the Chief Minister of the state of Assam in India Tarun Gogoi gave a presentation on 2008 industrial policies for SMEs considering sustainable resources. In particular, minister Yoo explained ‘Low carbon, green growth’ and the emission trading system, which is to be implemented from 2015. She also mentioned the Korean government will make efforts to exchange and spread information for preservation of biodiversity. In addition, in a special session on September 28, DMZ forum will be held to discuss plans for preserving ecosystem of the DMZ areas and good cases of eco-friendly companies will be shared. And IUCN’s President Ashok Khosla, Vice President Javed Jabbar and Director General Julia Marton-Lefevre will lead a general meeting on ‘IUCN’s role for Rio+20’ on September 28.
Minister Yoo Young-sook, explaining Korea’s low carbon green growth policies