WCPA has eight themes, with nine associated Thematic Vice Chairs. These themes cover various aspects of protected areas and are used to apply a holistic approach to conservation.


Thematic Vice Chair

Capacity Development

Mike Appleton

Conservation Outcomes

Nick Salafsky and Paola Mejia

Governance, Equity and Rights

Helen Tugendhat


Felipe Paredes

People and Parks/Nature for All

Karen Keenleyside

Scaling Natural Solutions

Brent Mitchell

Science and Biodiversity Policy

Stephen Woodley

World Heritage and Primary Forests

Cyril Kormos