Peter Cochrane, Director of National Parks, Co-host World Parks Congress Sydney 2014

Calling for leaders to step up for the world’s premier protected areas event

Peter Cochrane Photo: Grenville Turner

Our world-famous harbour-side city will be a fantastic location for the IUCN World Parks Congress, bringing together some of the globe’s great conservation thinkers and doers. We are currently seeking submissions from individuals, IUCN member organisations and other organisations keen to lead a program stream for this significant global event. There are eight major streams.

I would particularly like to encourage leaders in the fields of business, government and youth to put up their hands to deliver programs that explore protected areas and their role in economic and community wellbeing. We want to make this Congress set out real and practical markers that change the way we care for our planet.

Australia is an ancient and isolated landscape of enormous biodiversity. It is vulnerable and fragile, but remarkably resilient – but like the rest of our planet there are daunting challenges that we need to address by working together. We have a great opportunity to put protected areas firmly on the world agenda. I welcome you to join us in this beautiful land to contribute to these world-changing conversations and inspire solutions together.

I look forward to your involvement, to hearing your ideas – and to welcoming you to Australia in 2014.

Leadership proposals are due 5:00 pm (GMT) Friday 8 March 2013.

Later this year, registrations will open for the Congress.

The IUCN World Parks Congress is the premier global event on parks and protected areas – held only once every ten years. It will be held at Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia in November 2014.

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