World Parks Congress

World Parks Congress

Date 12-19th November 2014
Location Sydney, Australia

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The Congress will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come.

The theme for the conference is “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, with the goal of presenting, discussing and creating original approaches for conservation and development, to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda.

WPC opening ceremony

News update

from “Para la Naturaleza“, Secretary for the IUCN Caribbean Regional Committee

Natural protected areas are the cornerstone for conservation globally as
they represent the natural resources most worthy of protection and focus attention on conservation issues. The theme for this year’s World Parks Congress is Parks, People, Planet – Inspiring Solutions.

This clearly indicates the importance of including people in the equation. The series of events from welcoming ceremony to presentations have captured the spirit of the men, women and youth who have dedicated their lives towards
the protection of nature.

The IUCN president highlighted that through the efforts of numerous people the area occupied by NPAs has increased to 15% since the last World Parks Congress, thereby bringing us closer to the global Aichi target of 17%.

IUCN is working towards focusing on improving quantity but at the same time maintaining the quality of the governance of and responsibility for natural protected areas. The message was clear that there should be no separation between land and people. By sharing a common spirit and fuelling the flame of promise countries around the world can inspire youth to continue to take care of the lands and oceans that provide invaluable services.

WPC ocean pavillion

Caribbean presence at World Parks Congress

Anticipation and awe is the feeling amongst Caribbean members upon recognising the magnitude of the World Parks Congress in Australia — 5000 participants representing 168 countries. The Caribbean is well represented by members from around the region.

Concrete messages from Caribbean participants include:

1.       Development of a realistic and strategic Caribbean Agenda for
Protected Areas is needed to guide coordination of resources and
prioritization of issues in the light of shared natural resources, similar
developmental challenges, overlapping jurisdictions and limited resources.

2.       New initiatives for or related to Caribbean protected areas should
coordinated with existing regional or national networks of protected area
organizations & institutions.

3.       A common, coordinated approach to design, implementation and
assessment of capacity building initiatives for protected areas in the
Caribbean is desired to ensure that local, national and regional needs are
adequately addressed.

Involving youth

A theme throughout the Congress is how to involve youth in conservation

WPC community wall