The IUCN World Conservation Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Held every four years, the Congress aims to improve the management of the natural environment. The IES will present the DOPA initiative at the event, in a forum session on the 9th September entitled "Possible uses, and abuses, of DOPA, a digital observatory for protected areas".
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN, Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN), in French) is an international organisation dedicated to finding "pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges." The organisation publishes the IUCN Red List, compiling information from a network of conservation organisations to rate which species are most endangered. IUCN's stated vision is "a just world that values and conserves nature". Its mission is to "influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and biodiversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable".
IUCN World Conservation Congress website