Outgoing President Torgeir Sorensen (Norway) devoted much of his report to the Ifpra World Commission at the October 2013 Ifpra World Congress and ARPA Conference, to recent work to rejuvenate Ifpra, noting Ifpra was likely entering the second most important stage in its history following its inception.
Recent developments have seen the Scientific Task Force’s Benefits of Parks study, the launch of the Ifpra Academy, the world urban parks outreach initiative that brought organisations together in Dublin as a precursor to the Ifpra Strategic Review by Parks For Life (a group of national park associations) and new business planning and Secretariat.
Pictured are Gil Penalosa, Digby Whyte, Torgeir Sorensen, James McCulloch, Russell Watkinson, Steve Coleman, David Clarke, Paul Bramhill, and Christy Boylan at a Review strategy meeting in Reading, UK. (Out of the picture are Catherine Nagel, Barbara Tulipane and Azlin Yahaya)
Following input from Ifpra members in London, Hamburg and Sydney and by on-line survey, as well as with external stakeholders, Parks for Life delivered a report positioning Ifpra to lead the development towards a strengthened global network, championing urban parks (and all associated recreation, amenity and conservation activities). The Review Report, available to members, has developed plans for a more inclusive membership, evolved structure, constitution, business planning and sustainable budget. The General Assembly at Alberta approved formation of a Task Force with representatives of Ifpra and other partnering organisations to develop the ‘New Ifpra’ ready for a decision by the General Assembly in 2014.
Incoming President Emanuel Trueb (Switzerland) paid tribute to Torgeir Sorensen’s leadership and strategic direction as well as Alan Smith’s 29 years of service as CEO, and welcomed the new Executive: President Elect Neil McCarthy (Australia), Chair Ifpra Europe James McCulloch (UK), Chair Ifpra Asia-Pacific Chris Rutherford (New Zealand), Vice President Ifpra Academy Dr Christy Boylan (Ireland) and Vice President Ifpra Science Task Force Dr Noor Azlin Yahya (Malaysia).