Introduction

World Urban Parks Asia-Pacific Region is one of four regions intended to enhance member activity with related conferences, seminars, technical tours, working parties, and face to face meetings and networking. The Asia-Pacific Region includes: Asia, S-E Asia, Australasia and the islands of the Pacific Ocean.

 

Asia-Pacific Region Committee

To ensure direct communication with the Board the Chair of the Asia-Pacific Region is a Board director. Initially the Chair is an appointed First Director and will be supported by an appointed Committee member as Asia-Pacific Region Committee Secretary. Around June 2016 full members from Asia-Pacific Region countries will elect the Chair. Membership of the Asia-Pacific Region Committee is now open. There will likely be opportunities for the Committees to meet face to face at a partnered conference or other event at least annually, and otherwise by web conference.

Table 1. Asia-Pacific Region Committee

Role

Name

Contact

Country

Chair

Chris Rutherford

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New Zealand

Secretary

Nic Crous

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New Zealand

  

Terms of Reference

Click here for the World Urban Parks Region Committee Terms of Reference that outlines the role and powers of the committee.

 

Asia Pacific Region Congress and Events

World Urban Parks Asia-Pacific Region is expected to be one of the stronger regional memberships. Although countries and members have a large geographical spread there will be a number of opportunities to attend programmed events and activities. 

The Asia-Pacific Region Committee will facilitate a 2015/16 program. For 2016 the Committee will consider an number of bids for the Asia-Pacific Region Congress or a conference.

The first 2015 event, with support from World Urban Parks, was the Future of Park Management Symposium held at Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Centre, Awaji Island, Hyogo, Japan from Thursday 14 May to Sunday 17 May 2015.

The Future of Park Management

 

The Symposium was part of the 15th anniversary of Awaji Flower Expo and the 25th anniversary of Ifpra Japan (a former national branch of Ifpra, now Japan's national umbrella association for park and recreation related associations, organisations, and professionals). The event keynote lecture was by World Urban Parks director and Vice Chair Neil McCarthy, with panel involvement by World Urban Parks director Professor Yoritaka Tashiro.

Japan has faced a number of challenges since the first flower expo, including population changes (such as an aging society and declining birth rate), a flagging economy, and the Tohoku earthquake.

The main theme of this symposium was “A stage of co-existence for people and nature”. The symposium provided a great opportunity for attendees to think interactively about the future of park management in the appealing and attractive public parks of Awaji Island.

World Urban Parks also supported Parks and Leisure Australia and the New Zealand Recreation Association's 2015 national conferences.

 

The most recent conference by antecedent organisation Ifpra was the Ifpra Asia-Pacific Conference and Malaysia Urban Green Space Conference held in Penang, Malaysia, 24-28 June.

  

 

 

Asia-Pacific National Ambassadors

National Ambassadors (previously called 'commissioners') are appointed for the first 1-2 years of World Urban Parks in an ambassadorial role to assist new and transitioning members from their country. These are experienced and well-connected professionals. Where countries have national professional/peak parks, open space, and/or recreation associations that are members of World Urban Parks, these will also be a primary source of assistance to members. National Ambassadors operate independently but have an opportunity to meet other ambassadors and discuss issues at regional events, meetings and activities.

 

Country

Ambassador

Email

 Australia

 John Senior

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China

Vacant

 

Hong Kong

Vacant

 

Japan 

Prof. Yoritaka Tashiro 

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Malaysia

Dr Noor Azlin Yahya

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New Zealand 

Chris Rutherford

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