World Parks Congress opens…

The World Parks Congress opened on the 12th November in Sydney, Australia.

WPC opening ceremony

This is a “once in ten years’ event and is the largest forum of nature and conservation interests in the world. The tag line is: “Parks, people, planet; inspiring solutions”.

“As the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management, it sets the global agenda for the following decade.”

This video by IUCN is a great ‘taster’ for the event:

It is at the World Parks Congress later this week that Luigi Eybrecht, a newly appointed Marine Park Ranger of STINAPA Bonaire, has been selected by world renowned primatologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall as the winner of her inaugural Hope and Inspiration Ranger Award. He will receive his award in front of several hundred rangers from across the globe and more than 4,000 international conservation delegates on November 15th.

The World Parks Congress has set itself some lofty goals. It aims to:

  • Articulate the vital role of protected areas in conserving nature while delivering essential ecosystem services
  • Position protected areas within goals of economic and community well-being, and
  • Demonstrate how this can be achieved in practice.

For parks, it will strengthen conservation targets whilst engaging a varied audience from government to general members of society who care about the health of our planet.

For people, it will engage with development sectors and inspire citizens to connect with nature.

For the planet, it will demonstrate nature-based solutions to global challenges such as climate change, health, and supporting human life.

For the first time, the Congress will collate and communicate the most compelling and inspiring solutions to global challenges. It will help create new sustainable commitments for protected areas across the conservation, development and business sectors. This will be the promise of Sydney.

And just like the on line programme says: there are hundreds of sessions and events taking place throughout the Congress week. Even if you are not attending you can put together your own virtual programme for the congress !

Which sessions would you be attending in Sydney ?


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