The 2nd Asia Parks Congress

24-29 May 2022, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

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General Information

The 2nd Asia Parks Congress is a gathering of Asia's protected areas practitioners and other interested stakeholders. The Congress will bring together leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia from Asia and around the world. The conference's theme will be "Parks for Nature and People," emphasizing the relationship between nature and society. This follows on the success of the first Asia Parks Congress held in Sendai, Japan in 2013. The 2nd Asia Parks Congress aims to bring together protected area practitioners and the broader community to share experiences, learn from one another, and respond to the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century. The Congress will also address the growing pressures on the region's protected areas.

The Congress will include plenary sessions, working group discussions, side events, and an exciting range of field trips. Feel free to join us! Additional information can be obtained by writing to ird@sabahparks.org.my

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YAB-CM YAB DATUK SERI PANGLIMA HAJI HAJIJI HAJI NOOR

MESSAGE FROM THE RIGHT HONOURABLE CHIEF MINISTER OF SABAH


"Greetings and a very warm welcome to all participants to the 2nd Asia Parks Congress.

Malaysia, particularly Sabah is proud and honoured to host this significant Congress in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from May 24 to 29,2022 at the Sabah lnternational Convention Centre.

The 2nd Asia Parks Congress will be a landmark event as it will be the first regional conservation event following the new Global Biodiversity Framework's adoption. lt will be a great opportunity to discuss post-2020 biodiversity targets and how Asia can help achieve them. It will also contribute to developing the region's protected and conserved areas over the next ten years.

The theme "Parks fon Nature and People" is timely as it will highlight the numerous links between nature and societies. Building on the success of the first Asia Parks Congress in Sendai, Japan in 2013, the second Asia Parks Congress will be a remarkable opportunity to demonstrate the ASIA region's commitment to combating the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

On behalf of the State Government of Sabah, I wish to express my gratitude to the IUCN lnternational Steering Committee on the 2nd Asia Parks Congress and to the National Government of Malaysia for all the support rendered to us to ensure the success of this Congress."-YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor

YB-Minister YB DATUK JAFRY HJ. ARIFFIN

MESSAGE FROM THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM, CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT SABAH


"As the Sabah State Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Environment, I would like to express my most profound gratefulness for the opportunity to patron the 2nd Asia Parks Congress, which will be held on 24-29 May 2022, at the Sabah International Convention Centre, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. It is the first of its kind in Sabah, Malaysia, and certainly will be a highly remarkable history. My Ministry and its departments and agencies, especially Sabah Parks, are committed to the success of the Congress. I want to express my advanced appreciation to the IUCN for selecting Kota Kinabalu Sabah as a venue for the 2nd Asia Parks Congress.

I am aware of the outcome of the recent COP26 held at Glasgow, which reflects and marked the interests and essential steps adopted by almost 200 countries to solve the alarming impact of climate change. The 2nd Asia Parks will not instantly solve any climate change issues, but certainly, a significant step that recognises the global climate emergency and moving forward to strengthen and implement crucial initiatives. The COP26 recognised the alarming and utmost concern of human activities, which have caused around 1.1°C of global warming to date, and that impacts are already being felt in every region. Countries of ASIA as parties recognise that climate change should not rise beyond 1.5°C. Hence, it is our duty to ensure the risk is mitigated.

Together, let us move forward and continuously build our steps to combat biodiversity loss and climate change. Hence, in this message, I express my genuine urges to all fellow countries of ASIA, particularly parks, protected and conserved areas based governments departments and agencies, practitioners, scientists, NGOs, youths and local indigenous communities, to attend and ensure the success of the Congress and prepare a comprehensive and inclusive motion to the upcoming World Park Congress.

We, "Sabah Land Below the Wind", welcome and look forward to meeting you at the Congress. I wish you all a safe journey and stay safe." -YB DATUK JAFRY HJ. ARIFFIN

About the Congress

Why Attend?

The 2nd Asia Parks Congress will be a landmark event, which will help set the agenda for protected areas in Asia for the next ten years. Coming immediately after CBD/COP/15 in China, it will provide an early opportunity to discuss the implications of the new Global Biodiversity Framework for the region. Working streams will include:
→ Nature-based solutions for health and well-being
→ Governance of protected and conserved areas
→ Connectivity and transboundary conservation
→ Effective protected and conserved areas
→ Economic and financial sustainability of protected and conserved areas
→ Urban conservation and a new generation

The Congress will include plenary sessions, working group discussions, side events, and an exciting range of field trips. Please join us! Additional information can be obtained by writing to ird@sabahparks.org.my or CLICK HERE for registration.

Committees


International Steering Committee

Chairperson: Dr. Kathy Mackinnon (IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas)

Co-Chair: Director, Sabah Parks

Co-Chair: Regional Director, IUCN Asia Regional Office

Member:
(1) WCPA Regional Vice-Chair for East Asia
(2) WCPA Regional Vice-Chair for Southeast Asia
(3) WCPA Regional Vice-Chair for South Asia
(4) Director General, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea
(5) IUCN Councillor from Malaysia
(6) Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah
(7) Ministry of the Environment, Japan
(8) Director, IUCN Global Protected Areas Program

Programme and Organizing Committee

Chairperson: Dr. Kathy Mackinnon (IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas)

Member:
(1) Sabah Parks
(2) IUCN Asia Regional Office
(3) IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
(4) IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme

State Level Management Committee

Chairperson: Sr. Hj. Mohd Yusrie Abdullah (Permanent Secretary, MTCE)

Management/Organizing Chairman

Dr. Maklarin Hj. Lakim (Director of Sabah Parks)

Dept. Management/Organizing Chairman I

Mdm. Rimi Repin (Deputy Director of Sabah Parks)

Dept. Management/Organizing Chairman II

Mr. Ludi Apin (Deputy Director of Sabah Parks)

State Level Management Committee

Chairperson: Dr. Jamili Nais (Permanent Secretary, Ministry Tourism, Cultural and Environment, Sabah)

Member:
(1) Sabah Biodiversity Centre (SaBC)
(2) Sabah Forestry Department
(3) Department of Irrigation and Drainage
(4) Department of Agriculture
(5) Institute for Development Studies (IDS)
(6) Kota Kinabalu City Council
(7) SICC Pre-Opening Office
(8) Yayasan Sabah Headquarters Complex
(9) WWF-Malaysia Sabah Office
(10) Kota Kinabalu International Airport
(11) Forest Research Centre Sandakan
(12) State Affairs & Research Office
(13) Ceremonials and Protocol Division, Chief Minister Office
(14) Sabah Wildlife Department
(15) Department of Museum Sabah
(16) Environment Protection Division
(17) Sabah Cultural Board
(18) Sabah Tourism Board
(19) Sri Pelancongan Sabah (SPS)
(20) Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia, Sabah
(21) Immigration Department of Malaysia, Sabah
(22) Royal Malaysia Polis
(23) Royal Malaysian Customs Department
(24) University Malaysia Sabah
(25) Sabah State Culture and Arts Department
(26) University Technology Mara
(27) Department of Mineral and Geoscience Malaysia (Sabah)
(28) Sabah State Health Department
(29) Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia
(30) Sabah State Education Department
(31) Telekom Malaysia Sabah
(32) Department of Fisheries Sabah

Management and Organizing Committee

Chairperson: Dr. Maklarin Hj. Lakim (Director of Sabah Parks)

Member:
(1) Sabah International Convention Centre
(2) Sri Pelancongan Sabah
(3) Institute Developments Studies
(4) Sabah Cultural Board

Technical Committee

Chairperson: Mr. Ludi Apin (Deputy Director of Sabah Parks)

Member:
(5) Sabah International Convention Centre
(6) Sri Pelancongan Sabah
(7) Institute Developments Studies
(8) Sabah Cultural Board

Speakers

The speakers will be announced in February 2022!

General Programme

Click the image below to download General Programme

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Youth & Young Professionals



This conservation congress provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for student members and early career professionals to attend and even discuss their work.

The programme for the 2nd Asia Parks Congress is filled with high-quality programming designed to help youth & young professionals to learn about the newest conservation issues, approaches, and accomplishments while also expanding the professional network. The majority of the congress sessions, including the free excursions, will be open to youth and young professionals.

The committee has established a separate price for youth and young professionals. Please complete the registration form here.

We look forward to seeing you in May 2022!

Excursions



All registered attendees will be able to participate in the excursions. Please see the following list:

Kinabalu Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Babagon Tagal System & Inobong Substation

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park & KK Wetland

Mari-Mari Cultural Village & Kiulu Tourism

Do not miss the opportunity.

Location - Attractions in Sabah

Click on the map to learn more about the regions in Sabah

About Sabah

Situated on the beautiful island of Borneo, Sabah is one of the thirteen states comprising Malaysia. Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia and shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesian Kalimantan.

Sabah is richly blessed with natural diversity, unique cultures, fun adventure, beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for adventurous taste buds. We have it all, from the world’s largest flower – the Rafflesia, to one of the highest mountains in South East Asia – Mount Kinabalu, to one of the world’s top dive sites – Sipadan Island. Sabah is also known for her great natural treasures which include the world-renowned Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin which is Sabah’s largest wildlife reserve.

Not only will you be amazed by the places to see and things to do here, but also, you will be treated to unique Sabahan hospitality. Explore the unique culture and tradition of Sabah and get ready to experience sweet memories to last a lifetime! For more information about Sabah, please visit Sabah Tourism Website .

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About the Sabah International Conference Centre (SICC)

SICC is the largest waterfront purpose-built convention, exhibition and entertainment facility in East Malaysia. The complex covers some 60,504 sqm on a 6-hectare site, with a total function space of 153,197 sqm. The multi-functional complex with its well-designed floor plan and extensive pre-function areas is well-suited to a wide range of public and private events. For more information about SICC, please visit SICC Website .



Travel Advisory

INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES

All international delegates are required to apply MyTravelPass before travelling to Malaysia.

Please apply MyTravelPass at: https://mtp.imi.gov.my/myTravelPass/main?termConditionNXF


For 2nd Asia Parks Congress International Delegates, the category will be under:

Official and Business (meeting, conference and others)

Any foreigner who has obtained MTP approval under Social Visit or Official and Business category are not permitted to convert their existing Social Visit Pass to an Employment Pass and other categories under Expatriate Services Division (ESD) while in Malaysia.

OTHER PURPOSES SUCH AS HOLIDAY OR FAMILY VISIT IS NOT PERMITTED



For latest Standard Operating Procedure in Malaysia, please check here: https://covid-19.moh.gov.my/


Additional info:

Check Passport Validity - some countries require a minimum of 6-months validity.

Take Important Documents - includes legal, health, parentage and/or custody documents.

Carry Contact Details - includes family/friends and nearest embassy or consulate.

Follow the laws of the countries you visit.

Parentage and/or custody documents for accompanying minor children (especially if your children do not share your last name)

If you require a letter to obtain a visa to attend this congress, please email us as soon as possible.



MALAYSIAN DELEGATES

Please check the latest travel advisory at https://www.sabahtourism.com/alert/?locale=en or https://command.sabah.gov.my/sop

For additional enquiries, please email at ird@sabahparks.org.my


Getting Around - Sabah

In Sabah, there are only a few modes of transportation. Traveling in the Kota Kinabalu area is simple because there are numerous modes of transportation available, including public transportation, taxis, tour operators, and e-hailing services.

Traveling around Sabah, on the other hand, will necessitate the use of specific modes of transportation. Please read the following information if you plan to arrive early or extend your stay in Sabah in conjunction with this event.

Congress Registration Fees

Table below shows the fee structures of different categories:

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Access

Registration fees include participation in all public sessions/events, including the opening and closing ceremonies and access to the exhibition area (within the maximum building/room capacities and in compliance with relevant security measures) unless specified otherwise for a specific category. Fees will not cover airport transfers, local transportation, meals, accommodation or personal tours.

For Physical Participants: Registration fees include participation in all public sessions/events, including the opening and closing ceremonies, excursion and access to the exhibition area (within the maximum building/room capacities and in compliance with relevant security measures). Fees will not cover airport transfers, local transportation, meals, accommodation or personal tours.

For Virtual Participants: Registration fees will include most of the sessions virtually such as all public sessions/events, including the opening and closing ceremonies.

Category Definition

IUCN Members and Staff: All participants who are IUCN Secretariat staff, staff of IUCN Member organisations, IUCN Commission members or staff of IUCN National or Regional Committees.

General: Any participant who is not affiliated to IUCN.

Youth & Young Professionals: Any participant born after 22 May 1992. Participants registering as youth may be required to prove their age with an ID onsite.
Accompanying persons: registration that must be linked to a full Congress registration and which will only give restricted access to the following parts: Opening ceremony, opening reception, closing ceremony, exhibition, social events in the evening (after 6:30 pm).

Accompanying persons: Registration must be linked to a full Congress registration and will provide only restricted access to the following parts: Opening ceremony, opening reception, closing ceremony, exhibition and excursions.

Payment of Registration Fees

All currencies accepted for payment. If you wish to take advantage of discounted early bird or standard registration fees, your payment needs to be received within 15 days after the deadline. Beyond this date, your fee will be increased to the then applicable fee.

What are you waiting for? Register now!

Contact

Welcome to Sabah, Malaysia Borneo. Do you have a question that needs to be answered? or received some information that needed to be confirmed, as well as any additional feedback or questions? Please do not hesitate to call us at ird@sabahparks.org.my


Our address:
Sabah Parks HQ
Block H, Level 1-5, Lot 45 & 46,
Signature Office, KK Times Square,
88100, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
P: (+6088) 523-500

See you in Sabah!

For more information, please visit our website International Relations Sabah Parks

Call for Proposals

The public is invited to submit your proposals by referring to the Working Group Themes.

There are two methods which you can choose to submit your proposals:

Method 1

Submit via online form submission below

OR

Method 2


Please email the form and other related attachments to ird@sabahparks.org.my by Friday, 28 January 2022.

Email Format
Email Subject: Asia Parks Congress Proposals Submission - YourName
Email Content:
Title:
Working Group Number:
*attach your application form
*attach other related attachments


Download the Proposal Application Form below

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts. We will aim to let applicants know the outcome of the review process in March 2022. Please note that the acceptance of a proposal does not imply sponsorship; all participants are expected to cover their own costs to attend the Congress. Should you need further assistance, kindly contact ird@sabahparks.org.my.

Sponsors

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Organizers

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