The Promise of Sydney: How Can Alberta Be a Leader in Implementing the Outcomes of the 2014 World Parks Congress

Steve Donelon

Co-Presenters: Steve Donelon, Alberta Parks; Elizabeth Halpenny, University of Alberta; Glen Hvenegaard, University of Alberta; Michael Quinn, Mount Royal University

The World Parks Congress, the IUCN’s “landmark global forum on protected areas”, evaluates progress from the past decade and sets the future agenda for protected area conservation and management. Held every ten years, the 2014 event in Sydney, hosted 6000 people from 170 countries. The 7-day congress addressed eight streams related to conservation goals, climate change, health and well-being, supporting human life, development challenges, governance, traditional knowledge and culture, and inspiring a new generation. The Congress’s main output, “The Promise of Sydney”, outlines the commitment to invigorate conservation efforts, inspire new generations of park supporters, and invest in solutions that address a variety of critical park issues. This workshop encourages discussion about how the 2014 Congress could inspire future directions in Alberta’s parks.

Presentation from the 2015 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Parks Forum

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