Jeffrey McNeely, USA

16 April 2012 | Article
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After spending 30 years at IUCN before retiring as Chief Scientist in 2009, I have continued to work on protected areas issues with the Global Environment Facility, the Governments of Japan and Tanzania, the Asian Development Bank, and many others.

Building on my field experience (12 years in Asia), administrative experience in organizing two World Parks Congresses (Bali, 1982 and Caracas, 1992), and publications and conference presentations on protected areas (in over 80 countries), I now hope to draw on my work on other aspects of sustainable development (economics, biodiversity, invasive species, agriculture, law, diplomacy, forestry, energy, water, and climate change, among others) to help make protected areas essential to modern societies.

Recognizing the cultural importance of nature, I support ongoing work on protected areas for urban people and for those living in and around protected areas. I see major challenges for protected areas in a time of rapid changes in economic conditions, climate, and human demographics, all of which will contribute to conflicts over land and resource use. As WCPA Chair, I would work closely with the IUCN Protected Areas Programme, IUCN Members, the other five Commissions, the relevant international agreements (especially CBD) and others to address such challenges.

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1 Abiodun Dominic Odunuga IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability
Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership
Many IUCN Member Organizations are interested in engaging youth and collaborating across generations to help achieve conservation outcomes - for example the 35 co-sponsors of Motions 008 and 132. If you are elected to Council, how do you propose to promote youth engagement and intergenerational partnership? How can we bring more young conservationists into the Union and reach out to the significant global youth demographic? Please share your action ideas here; we also invite you join our workshop on developing an IUCN-wide Action Plan on this topic on 11 Sept, 11-13h, Room 203. Thank you!
September 7, 2012 - 11:49
2 zoumari salifou Direction Generale des Eaux et Forets / Niger
Chargé de Programme
Mr Jeffrey
A mon mon avis votre cv est au dessus du lot et je pense que vous etes le meilleur. Alors quel regard porterez sur l'Afrique,ce continent poumon de la biodiversité mondiale?
May 29, 2012 - 19:10
3 Samira Omar KISR
Protected areas in WANA region
Hi Jeff
I am pleased to know that you are elected candidate for WPAC. With your worldwide experience and particularly your vast contribution to WANA will promote biodiversity conservation and green economy in that region. I hope we can meet again at the Congress. Wishing you all the best.
May 26, 2012 - 18:51
4 Graeme Kelleher AO. FTSE. FEIANZ. FIE Aust WCPA
Jeffrey- you are ideally suited to take this role. Throughout your career you have demonstrated honesty, dedication, intelligence and organisational ability. You are extremely familiar with IUCN and all its 6 Commissions and have always recognised the need for integration of their policies and programs.
Of course, I've only known you for 32 years.
May 26, 2012 - 04:13
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