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IUCN World Parks Congress

Did you know that 60 park rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty in the last 12 months? 28 were killed by poachers and a staggering 1000 rangers have died since the last World Parks Congress held in Durban in 2003.

We recently celebrated World Ranger Day and was supported by HRH Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.

The issues faced by rangers will be discussed as part of the World Leaders Dialogue “The Nature of Crime”, 17 November. It will debate effective enforcement strategies to combat wildlife poaching and associated crime. This Dialogue will bring together the President of Gabon, the Australian Minister for the Environment, CITES Secretary-General, Director of the Environment Investigation Agency and President of the International Ranger Foundation and will be moderated by the award-winning Kenyan journalist Jeff Koinange. We look forward to your participation.


With less than 100 days until the big event, it’s time to start planning which sessions you’ll be participating in at the Congress. This month, we take a look at how the Inspiring a New Generation stream and Capacity Development cross cutting theme are shaping up.

Jervis Bay

The Inspiring a New Generation stream will be looking at ways we can enthuse people to experience, connect with and conserve nature. Among many other sessions they’ll be: hosting a Tech Zone Appathon which will showcase of a number of innovative mobile apps that are being used to connect people with nature; developing and presenting the Young People’s Pact; hosting Intergenerational Dialogues; and exploring the concept of citizen science as a tool for inspiring people to connect with nature.

Capacity Development will have a dedicated Capacity Development Training Room running from 11 – 19 November. You can undertake training in a particular area such as strategic environmental assessments, monitoring and mapping techniques or best practice standards for field ranger training in anti-poaching. The Congress also provides a great opportunity to help shape the future direction of Capacity Development in the Protected Areas Sector by participating in capacity development strategy and policy sessions.

The preliminary program is now online:


Travelling from Africa and flying through Perth? Why not stop over and join the local field trip and explore Australia’s Great South-west Edge. This trip will take you on a journey through one of Australia’s biodiversity ‘hotspots’, home to some of the richest reservoirs of plant and animal life on the planet. It will give you an unparalleled opportunity to learn about managing parks and people in ancient and complex landscapes.

Or perhaps you’re flying via Brisbane? Take the opportunity to join one of the many Queensland trips including delving into tropical world heritage rainforest research supersites or explore the largest coral reef ecosystem on earth and learn about the management of the Great Barrier Reef.

If you’re flying straight to Sydney, don’t dismay. There’s field trips taking place around Sydney Harbour, within Australia’s second oldest national park, Kuring-gai Chase National Park and the world renowned Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

In fact there are field trips covering most corners
of Australia!

These specially designed trips are literally once in a lifetime opportunities, giving you a sneak peek into the inner workings of some of the host country’s most iconic parks, hidden gems, conservation partnerships and projects. Make a booking today:


We’re starting to receive some stunning photographic submissions for the Congress photography competition, ‘Saved’. Dr. Robert Cook’s image of a traditional fisherman on Inle Lake in the Shan state of Myanmar, an ASEAN heritage site pictorially captures the delicate balance between traditional culture, the needs of communities, the use of natural resources and the importance of conserving those resources at a time of great change in Myanmar.

Likewise his striking image of the endangered Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey in the Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park showcases the importance of protected areas for wildlife like this species which are severely threatened by habitat destruction and are occasionally killed for food, sport, hit by cars or harmed when perceived to be a crop threat.

Entries are still being accepted and by submitting your photographic story, you could win part of a $24,000AU prize pool and have your images displayed at the World Parks Congress. To enter visit but get in quick, entries close 30 September.


If you’re heading to Sydney for the Congress, it’s time to book your accommodation. It is recommended you book at the same time as registering for the Congress to ensure your preferences are secured. However, if you’ve already registered and just beginning to think about where to lay your head, please visit the website: and contact the Congress Secretariat at

Accommodation is filling up fast, so don’t leave this until the last minute.


We're looking for contributors to the PARKS journal. PARKS: The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation is published by IUCN World Commission of Protected Areas twice a year as an online, open-access and peer reviewed journal

PARKS (20.2) coincides with the IUCN World Parks Congress and will include papers from various streams and policy papers from leading protected area thinkers.

PARKS aims to be a rigorous, challenging publication with high academic credibility. But at the same time it is primarily a resource for people actively involved in establishing and managing protected areas, under any management category or governance type.

To contribute a paper to PARKS please see the author guidelines at or contact the editors, Sue Stolton and Nigel Dudley:


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Sydney NSW 2001

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