Kenton Miller Condolences Book

10 May 2011 | News story

"Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value."  Albert Einstein

This condolence book is dedicated to Kenton R. Miller, former IUCN Director General and Chair of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas.

For all who knew Kenton, his loss, whilst very sad to the conservation world, also offers opportunities to reflect.

Kenton’s life was devoted to make this planet a better place whilst conserving nature and its associated values. As early as 1978, Kenton pioneered the link between protected areas and compatible development, showing the link with people and their needs. He also pioneered the theory and practice of bioregional planning, stressing the need to plan and manage protected areas beyond their boundaries, and embedded in the landscape seascape.

As IUCN’s Director General from 1983 to 1988, Kenton provided clear guidance and leadership to the global community. He also served three terms as IUCN WCPA Chair: 1976-1979,1980-83,2000-2004, during the last term leading the process towards the 5th IUCN World Parks Congress in Durban, South Africa, 2003.

In addition to being a thought leader, Kenton was an outstanding practitioner and his advice to develop national systems of protected areas, particularly in Latin America, was both innovative and practical. His commitment to innovation led him to establish the “Kenton Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Areas Management”, to inspire and recognise practitionners who have overcome major challenges to protected areas.

Kenton has set a remarkable example for all of us to follow. Kenton was indeed a man of value and our lives were enriched by his values and commitment to conservation.

Following are the condolence messages by colleagues and friends.

Please post your messages as comments to this text.

If you would like to add a photo of Kenton to our Gallery, please email it to Delwyn Dupuis ded@iucn.org