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World Parks Congress

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This page is an independent guide to the 2014 World Parks Congress and we welcome feedback from officials from Australia and the IUCN. Those interested in contributing as editors should contact Ron Mader.


November 12-19 2014
Sydney, NSW - The Government of Australia and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have announced that the 6th IUCN World Parks Congress will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park

Anticipated audience: 3,500-4,000 delegates to the World Parks Congress; 5,000+ people attending the Festival of Nature

The congress takes place once every ten years and is the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management.

Official website: worldparkscongress.org

2016 Questions

For those at the 2016 #IUCNCongress, how do we engage with IUCN and partners in furthering the Promise of Sydney Vision?

For those not at the #IUCNCongress, how do we engage with IUCN and partners in furthering the Promise of Sydney Vision?

Promise of Sydney Journey at the iucn2016
Discover the journey HERE
Kathy MacKinnon (WCPA Chair) and Trevor Sandwith (Director Global PA Programme)


Organizers/Stream Leaders
Twitter Lists

Hashtags: #WorldParksCongress


Hashtag Register

Goals for the World Parks Congress #worldparkscongress


Planeta.com created a series of goals by which we would evaluate the event. Now is your turn to evaluate the congress and offer suggestions for similar events in the future. Results will be published on Planeta.com and elsewhere on the web. http://goo.gl/forms/rOp6zs5Ruu





Leaders/Social Web Links

Related Wiki Pages

World Parks Congress Stream 1: Inspiring A New Generation #WorldParksCongress @WPCSydney
Reaching Conservation Goals

Twitter Hashtag:
  • IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
  • IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC)
  • Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
  • United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
  • Other partners


World Parks Congress Stream 2: Reaching Conservation Goals #WorldParksCongress @WPCSydney
Responding to Climate Change

Twitter Hashtag:
  • United States National Park Service
  • Mexican National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP)
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia (CSIRO)

Social Web

Climate Exposure of US National Parks in a New Era of Change @PLOSONE
climate change

World Parks Congress Stream 3: Improving Health and Well-Being #WorldParksCongress @WPCSydney
Improving Health and Well-Being

Twitter Hashtag: #WPCHealth
  • Parks Victoria (Australia)
  • United States National Park Service

http://www.hphpcentral.com - @hphpcentral

World Parks Congress Stream 4: Supporting Human Life #WorldParksCongress @WPCSydney
Supporting Human Life

Twitter Hashtag:
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)

World Parks Congress Stream 5: Responding to Climate Change #WPCClimate #WorldParksCongress @WPCSydney @WPCClimateChang
Reconciling Development Challenges

Twitter Hashtag:


World Parks Congress Stream 6: Recognizing Development Challenges #WorldParksCongress
Enhancing Diversity and Quality of Governance


Twitter Hashtag:
  • Deutsche Gessellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (the German International Development Agency, GIZ)
  • Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA) Consortium
  • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • UNDP

Governance Stream of the World Parks Congress
A primer on governance for protected and conserved areas
Governance_of_protected_areas - Wikipedia

World Parks Congress Stream 7: Enhancing Diversity and Quality of Governance #WorldParksCongress
Respecting Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge and Culture

Twitter Hashtag:
  • United Nations University (UNU), Tokyo
  • North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA)
  • SOTZ’IL (MesoAmerica Indigenous Leaders Coalition)
  • Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC)

World Parks Congress Stream 8: Respecting Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge #WorldParksCongress
Inspiring a New Generation


Twitter Hashtags:
#WPCNewGen #NoWallsOutHere
  • Parks Canada
  • IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
  • IUCN WCPA Young Professionals
  • IUCN Commission on Education and Communications (CEC)
  • IUCN Taskforce on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability


Cross Cutting Topics

Leaders/Social Web
Related Wiki Pages

World Parks Congress Cross-Cutting Theme: Marine


Twitter Hashtag:
November 9 Marine Forum
marine parks

World Parks Congress Cross-Cutting Theme: World Heritage
World Heritage

Twitter Hashtag:

world heritage

World Parks Congress Cross-Cutting Theme: Capacity Development
Capacity Development

Twitter Hashtag:
capacity building

World Parks Congress Cross-Cutting Theme: New Social Compact @WPCSocial #WorldParksCongress
New Social Compact


Twitter Hashtag:
IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)

IUCN WCPA Theme on Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities, Equity and Protected Areas (TILCEPA)

social compact

Tourism Events at the World Parks Congress

Hashtag: #WPCTourism
Get to know the Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group

Tourism Journey Calendar of Events




#WorldParksCongress App from Paperless Events 11.2014




How to evaluate the 2014 World Parks Congress? More than a year ago I developed a series of goals for the Congress and I'll review them in depth during and after the Congress. Before the event begins, I would like to break the ideas down in a different fashion and I submit the following challenges:

Silos - Academics and consultants agree that much of the information about park management and conservation is locked within institutional silos. The congress itself is divided into streams and the question is whether the streams will unite and form a river. Our journey is a shared one. The World Parks Congress will be a tremendous success if we see information sharing and partnerships that transcend the echo chamber.

Debate and Discussion - Hopefully the Congress will promote a lively discussion of timely issues. We look forward to spirited discussions since parks are run in such different fashions around the globe. When there are disagreements, we want to hear them. Participants need to be respectful of one another, but should be encouraged to debate contentious topics.

Commitment - Park conservation and management requires long-term strategies. The promise of Sydney could be grand or it could be a reminder that 'promises are made to be broken.' We will collaborate with others interested in documenting the promises made at this event.

Communication - To what degree will the ideas that percolate at the Congress have meaning for the managers of small parks and protected areas, the locals and visitors? While there need to be statements for policymakers, we would encourage language that's useful to those on the ground. We would to see practical examples of engagement that connects visitors and locals, that protects biodiversity and that sets the stage for the next century of conservation.

New Technology - While previous events have been held concurrently with the Internet, this will be the first World Parks Congress in the age of the Social Web. This means we have the ability now for livestreaming video, for collaborative notetaking, for tweeting and retweeting, liking and sharing. Technology for its own sake is a bore, but technology that gives access to remote participants and creates a legacy archive is the new normal.

Finally, it's not too soon to think about how to prepare for the Congress in 2024. Imagine an event in which all the keynotes, all the workshops were streamed live and translated into multiple languages. What if the 'field trips' were integrated into the documentation of the event? What if satellite events were held not only in the host city but around the globe? There are a myriad of options that should be put on the table now to prepare for future events.

Collaboration - What would be useful would be the creation of thematic and regional 'Who's Who' directories. Example: Paying attention to Australia from across the Pacific, it would be tremendously helpful to know a bit more about the different federal and state programs as well as the NGOs and individual park champions.

Developing goals for the 2014 World Parks Congress

Of particular interest is the creation of a series of goals by which we can measure the success of the congress:

We’d like the congress to be fully engaged using the social web
Recommendation: Social media is not an add-on to a successful communication strategy. It needs to be embedded from the start. The official website should link to Facebook, Flickr, Google+, LinkedIn, Slideshare, Twitter and YouTube channels. The social web should be used not only to broadcast and document but to respond and amplify participation. Example: We'd like to see the presentations freely available using Slideshare which allows others to embed presentations on websites, blogs and wikis.

We’d like the congress to provide livestreaming video and interact with remote participants
Recommendation: We'd like the organizers to experiment now with livestreaming via Google+ hangouts and to assess how live video would work at the event itself. 2012's Conservation Congress and CBDCOP11 made excellent use of live video. This could be improved by accepting questions from remote participants using a particular hashtag. We also encourage the use of Google docs to create simultaneous transcripts.

We’d like the congress to engage locals in Australia and teach visitors about Australia.
Recommendation: We'd like the event to generate an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities facing parks and protected areas in Australia. Information is widely scattered and the congress will be the best venue to focus attention and interest.

We’d like the congress to register satellite events
Recommendation: The event takes place in a beautiful part of the world, though access will be restricted to the venue. We encourage the use of TED-like satellite events elsewhere in Sydney and around the world. These parallel events would draw local participants for viewing of specific sessions and the possible transmission of their own events or hangouts.

• We’d like the congress to be particularly friendly to Indigenous Peoples
Recommendation: Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples are at the forefront of natural and cultural conservation. Events in Australia begin by acknowledging the traditional owners. We'd like to see this sign of respect embedded through the entire event by focusing attention on the relationships between Indigenous Peoples and parks and protected areas around the world. We can preview this topic during 2014's Indigenous Peoples Week.

We'd like the congress to serve as an example of how tourism can be embedded in conservation and conservation events
Recommendation: As the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management, the congress will draw thousands of participants. How this event engages these visitors with locals will be a benchmark for future forums and congresses. We previewed the responsible tourism aspects during 2014's Responsible Travel Week and will assess the event during Responsible Travel Week 2015.

We'd like the congress to serve as an example of Open Educational Resources, Open Access and Open Journalism.
Recommendation: The concepts of Open Educational Resources, Open Access and Open Journalism have been growing in stature in the past decade. To what degree will the congress itself be a showcase? We will raise the question during 2014's Open Access Week. It would be good to develop collaborative work with Australia's ABC Open and The Conversation. For those new to Creative Commons licensing, we should start asap on developing a series of recommendations for policy-makers, academics and other professionals working in parks and protected areas.



Today some 13% of the planet’s land surface is dedicated as protected areas, and through the Convention on Biological Diversity, nations are aiming for a target of 17% by 2020. However, major gaps remain in the marine environment, with less than 2% of our seas and oceans currently under protection. The Congress will be the premier gathering to address these gaps.

Parks Journal 20.1 (March 2014)


Compare and Contrast: ICOMOS General Assembly and World Parks Conference

News from the IUCN
New approaches to protecting the wilderness on Sydney’s doorstep
América del Sur rumbo a Sídney: los Pueblos Indígenas la región preparan sus propuestas
Reaching global conservation goals
IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 build-up underway
Press release: Australia to host IUCN World Parks Congress in 2014
Proposed directions for the 6th IUCN World Parks Congress in 2014

Other News, Headlines
Local Scale Comparisons of Biodiversity as a Test for Global Protected Area Ecological Performance: A Meta-Analysis
Protected areas proven to conserve biodiversity

Key Links


Side Events




Parallel Events


- Google Mapping Workshop - Application

November 15-16

Social Media Workshop

November 7-11, the ICCA Consortium is co-organising a gathering fully dedicated to Communities conserving nature and culture.

November 13
Implementing Conservation Justice through intergenerational dialogue, collaboration and critical action
17.30-19.30 Panel and Roundtable
19.30-21.00 Stream break out group discussions


They will be open from 7am to 9.30pm and will be organised around small size conferences, talks, short events, launches or poster sessions.






Australia could lose IUCN congress over WA shark hunt policy

En español

UICN lanza sitio web del Congreso Mundial de Parques 2014

New South Wales

Office of Environment and Heritage - @OEHmedia






2014 World Parks Congress
Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group

Flickr Groups

World Parks


WPC Sydney


Preview: 2014 World Parks Congress



History of Previous Congresses

World Heritage and the Fifth World Parks Congress - UNESCO
IUCN World Parks Congress - Global Transboundary Conservation Network


conservation congress
world parks

Global public opinion on space for nature

Take the survey
Global public opinion survey on space for nature - ZSL

Who's Who

Trevor Sandwith, Director of IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme
Ernesto Enkerlin, Hoeflich, Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
Jamie Kemsey, Protected Areas Regional Communications Network ManagerGlobal Protected Areas Programme
Nancy Colleton, CEC Deputy Chair
Sally Barnes, Director Parks Australia
Tomasz Wiercioch, Young Peoples Media Coalition (YPMC)


The congress was launched officially at the Asia Parks Congress in Japan Nov 13-17.


The conference, which was first held in Seattle in 1962, is called the International Union for Conservation of Nature's World Parks Congress. Its aim is to advance the ''protection of the world's most valuable places''.


"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.”
- WCPA Chair, Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich

The Congress presents an unprecedented opportunity for the International Union for Conservation of Nature and its current and new development, sector and community partners to inform a crucial new phase for the world's protected areas. The event will lead to a new decade in which the pivotal role of protected areas is recognized to address central development challenges, including securing health, wellbeing and livelihoods, and provide responses to critical issues such as climate change, while incorporating the best knowledge from around the world, and removing barriers to action, across the board. It will convene global leadership at every level to collate a powerful suite of inspiring solutions for global challenges, and to amplify, disseminate and accelerate them for implementation at scale to achieve effective and just outcomes. The resultant Promise of Sydney declaration will be a transformative, paradigm-shifting, collective statement which demonstrates irrefutably to stakeholders across the spectrum that protected areas are a profoundly wise investment for the future. It will collate and communicate compelling solutions we can employ to enable the world's protected areas to meet the increasing demands of sustaining human life. It will set out bold new commitments from all key sectors that will be necessary to achieve this new reality for parks, and highlight resources, tools and partnerships to implement the program of activity over the new decade to achieve this new reality. It will not be prescriptive but rather initiate an appropriate process of change, enabling leadership and participation among a wide range of organizations and individuals.
- Alison Greenberg

Promise of Sydney

Promise of Sydney (PDF)

Recent Events

May 1, 830am PST Parks: Inspiring Solutions Preview of the World Parks Congress with participants at the recent planning meeting in Cuernavaca, Mexico. We unpack the main themes and look for cross-cutting connections.

October 3, 630-645pm CDT Hangout On Air: What we want to learn from the World Parks Congress

2014 World Parks Congress Conceptual Map

Artwork / Cue Yourself
Sydney, Australia Hosts World Parks Congress 2014
IUCN World Parks Congress | Sydney 2014
Buzzword Bingo: Green List
#WorldParksCongress is the hashtag for the World Parks Congress @WPCSydney @IUCN

Embedded Tweets


Jochen Zeitz's message for the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress from Terra Conservation Films on Vimeo.


Tourism in parks and protected areas can be a boon to local conservation efforts or it can afflict biodiversity conservation and environmental management. Many travelers find meaningful encounters with nature in protected areas, but these wilderness fans are often at a loss when figuring out where to go and how to visit parks in other countries.

We are scheduling two public Google+ hangouts to discuss parks and tourism. If you have a professional interest and can share some of your work with the world, let Ron Mader know if you would like to appear on camera as an invited guest. Required are a working webcam and microphone and a Gmail address. Please let Ron know via private email of your willingness to participate by sending a message to editor@planeta.com. We'll ask that you confirm your interest and register for one of the following timeslots:

July 31, 10:30-11:30am PDT Parks Inspiring Solutions Hangout: What's new?
July 31, 4:30-5:30pm PDT Parks Inspiring Solutions Hangout: Continuing Conversation

We will be featuring members of the Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group and previewing the November World Parks Congress.

We also welcome regular viewers, friends with an interests in parks and protected areas. The hangouts will be streamed live via YouTube and accessible via the Google+ event pages. Questions are welcome and we appreciate if viewers give the events a +1 and share the hangout with your circle of friends.

New to hangouts? Most of us are! Tips are found on the Planeta Wiki

Recent Hangouts

Thursday, June 12, 830-930am PDT Parks Inspiring Solutions Hangout: News

Thursday, June 12, 430-530pm PDT Parks Inspiring Solutions Hangout: Continuing Conversation

Meeting Targets
Involving the conservation community
Interpreting the issue of meeting protected area conservation and development goals by national governments

Addressing Natural Resource Governance
Ensuring that governance weaknesses are addressed
Enabling Solutions for People and Economy
Protected areas implementing IUCN's new program
Valuing and conserving biodiversity
Effective and equitable governance
Deploying nature based solutions to climate, food and development


1: Raise the profile of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 as the premier international gathering on protected area management
2: Invite the protected area sector to explore and share solutions to the challenges they face
3: Invite collaboration from beyond the protected area sector to develop solutions that deliver benefits for all
4: Inspire and involve the next generation of societies leaders to engage with protected area issues

Background: Previous Congresses

The IUCN World Parks Congress has been convened five times at ten year intervals since 1962.
  • 1962: definitions and standards for representative systems leading to the UN list of Protected Areas
  • 1972: conservation of ecosystems, genesis of World Heritage and Wetlands Conventions;
  • 1982: PAs in sustainable development, development assistance in Protected Areas
  • 1992: Global change and PAs; PA categories and management effectiveness;
  • 2003: Governance, sustainable finance, capacity development, linkages in the landscape and seascape, equity and benefit sharing.

Planning Meeting

With the generous support of the Ministry of Sustainable Development of the State of Morelos, complemented by the support of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas of Mexico (CONANP) and the IUCN Global Protected Areas Program, the 2014 WCPA Steering Committee meeting, including three days held jointly with the organizers and Stream and Cross-cutting Theme Leaders of the VI World Parks Congress, will take place from 25-28 March in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.

Live video were streamed - glitches and all - from


Elsewhere on the Web


Planning Meeting

Live video will be streamed - glitches and all - from

We are also planning a Google+ hangout on Friday

With the generous support of the Ministry of Sustainable Development of the State of Morelos, complemented by the support of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas of Mexico (CONANP) and the IUCN Global Protected Areas Program, the 2014 WCPA Steering Committee meeting, including three days held jointly with the organizers and Stream and Cross-cutting Theme Leaders of the VI World Parks Congress, will take place from 25-28 March in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.

In addition, there will be subsidiary meetings before and after the four core days of the main meeting. These include to date: A joint meeting of the regional coordinators of the BIOPAMA program and the WCPA Capacity Development group; and a joint Commission meeting on Green Listing and Certification.

This unique opportunity to bring together many different professionals and leaders working in protected area conservation will generate targeted, practical recommendations and outcomes that will be beneficial for strengthening and repositioning WCPA; and for the preparation and successful implementation of the VI World Parks Congress and its outcomes.

WCPA SC meeting (25.03.-26.03.)
WCPA SC and task force members
WCPA SC + WPC meeting (26.03.-28.03.)
WCPA SC members, WPC organizers, Stream and Cross-cutting Theme Leaders, representatives from IUCN Commissions and Programs, invited guests
Joint Commission meeting on Green Listing and Certification (22.03.-24.03.)
WCPA, CEM, SSC members and IUCN staff
BIOPAMA meeting (22.03.-24.03.)
BIOPAMA regional coordinators and WCPA CD group
Location: Fiesta Americana Hacienda San Antonio El Puente Cuernavaca


Activating ‘Our Pact for Parks, People and Planet' on Thursday, January 29, 7:00am UTC