Looking ahead to the IUCN World Parks Congress

27 August 2013 | News story

CEC Deputy Chair Nancy Colleton provides an overview of this "unparalleled event" coming November 2014.

I am delighted to report that planning for the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) is underway and filled with many excellent and inspiring opportunities and ideas. Please block off 12-19 November 2014 on your calendar because you will want to find your way to beautiful Sydney, Australia.

As you may know, once every decade, the IUCN convenes the WPC, which is an unparalleled event dedicated to progressing the protected areas agenda.

I’ve been lucky enough to work with our good colleagues at the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) on initial planning for the Congress and I can tell you that it will not only address some of the major issues confronting the community, but it will also address how we can more closely connect and grow a global community of action.

The WPC theme is Parks, People, Planet – Inspiring Solutions. WCPA Chair, Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich, may describe it best: “By inviting collaboration from outside the conservation sector, including business, youth and the next generation of conservation leaders, this Congress seeks to move the protected areas agenda forward while also positioning protected areas within broader social and economic goals.”

The WPC program is being developed around eight streams:

  1. Reaching conservation goals
  2. Responding to climate change;
  3. Improving health and well-being;
  4. Supporting human life;
  5. Recognizing development challenges;
  6. Enhancing diversity and quality of governance;
  7. Respecting indigenous and traditional knowledge and culture; and
  8. Inspiring a new generation.

Each Commission is associated with at least one stream. CEC will be contributing to the stream: Inspiring a New Generation and one of four cross-cutting themes: Capacity Development.

More information on the WPC is available at www.worldparkscongress.org  This website will be updated regularly, so please continue to check back for the latest news and information.

In the meantime, I hope that you will consider becoming engaged in this exciting event. Together we can ensure that the best communication, education, and learning are threaded throughout the Congress and, as a result, inspire solutions through Parks, People and the Planet.

Best wishes,
Nancy Colleton
Deputy Chair CEC