CEC members and the IUCN World Parks Congress

05 March 2014 | Article

 A note to CEC members from Juliane Zeidler, IUCN CEC Chair, on the forthcoming IUCN World Parks Congress

Dear CEC Members,

The IUCN World Parks Congress is in Sydney Australia from 12-19 November 2014. This is a great opportunity to visit Australia, take advantage of field trips before or after the Congress and help shape the agenda for protected areas for the next 10 years.

If you want to be part of this (once in 10 years) Congress please read on....here is your chance.

The call for registration has gone out and reduced fees apply till 30 June 2014. Most importantly there is a call from IUCN program organisers for suggestions of contributions to the Congress program which has several streams. These have to be in by March 15.

We are asking CEC members to respond to a call for contributions to the World Parks Congress theme ‘Inspiring a New Generation’. CEC is co-chairing the stream with Parks Canada, and the World Commission on Protected Areas WCPA.

The stream incorporates the WCPA Young Leaders and the IUCN - Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability.

So far it is envisaged the “Inspiring a New Generation” theme will have the following 5 sub-themes or strands-:

  1. Inspiring Young People - ‘Empowering Young Professionals’. Description: This theme will develop an empowering process and forum for young people to engage in collective actions, networking, co-learning, experience-sharing, and capacity-building/raising to inspire other young people and all generations across the broader public to connect and engage for Parks, People and Planet. Topics to be covered include: development of a Young People’s Pact, Intergenerational Dialogue, Protected Areas Challenge, Young People’s Media Coalition, Young People’s Showcase; peer to peer networking and learning.
  2. Children & Nature/Parks. Description: This theme will focus on awareness and learning. This theme addresses in particular school age children and the challenges of connecting them with nature (here children are defined as those up to 18 years of age).
  3. Rediscovering Nature. Description: A focus on hands-on experiences. This theme focuses on approaches for helping those people for whom nature is meaningless, irrelevant or even threatening and those who have an unconventional relationship with nature to connect with nature. One area of focus here is citizen science.
  4. Inspiring the Next Generation Legacy Sessions. Description: An output of the stream is to launch a movement/ campaign to inspire young people to visit, love and value protected areas. There is an opportunity for all CEC members to pick up on this initiative post-Congress as well and so contribute to the Convention on Biological Diversity Goal (Achi Target No. 1) to build awareness for Biodiversity.
  5. Technology Zone. Description: A large, creative gathering space will be established (tentatively in the “home room”/”inspiration room”, depending on space) to inspire through technology, art, information, and innovation. This will run through the course of the stream with special sessions during breaks and after hours. Topics to be covered includes: a new media laboratory (hands-on showcasing of new technologies, Apps, Twitter wall, etc).


Dates for the Congress:

  • Opening late afternoon on 12 November, ceremony and reception
  • 13 November Congress wide Plenary
  • 14 to 18 November are the Stream sessions
  • 19 November Congress closing

Unfortunately, CEC does not have funds to financially support participation but if interested, please explore this link.  If you plan to go, please submit your ideas by March 15 through this webpage >> 

OR if you see that you could hook up to any of these sub-themes through electronic means (rather than going to Australia) to share experience (e.g. video, GoToMeeting in our technology area) ….let us know atcec@iucn.org


Best wishes,

Juliane Zeidler, PhD
Chair of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication


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