Dr Digby Whyte, World Urban Parks CEO
It has been great to see so many of our international colleagues in person at the World Urban Parks and IERM Congress in Cape Town, South Africa and the World Urban Parks Europe Region and Hortis Congress in Albi, France.
Some fascinating ideas have been shared, ranging from Judy Ling-Wong's presentation on applying National Park principles in urban environments to a presentation on the parks of Tatarstan from Presidential Assistant Natalia Fishman. We have also collaborated in some vibrant workshops on the challenges faced by Europe's urban parks and the World Parks Academy.
We have heard about inspiring projects, important research and visited historic parks and sites where new techniques and technology have been implemented. We have had important opportunities to make contact with like-minded professionals from around the world, and put our heads together to share ideas and tackle challenges.
We have also committed to protect and develop urban parks. I hope you will spread the message far and wide to encourage more people around the world to recognise the value urban parks and green spaces provide. This is our role as advocates for the benefits parks and open spaces bring to our cities.
In addition to major World Urban Parks congresses, we also have upcoming events planned at the United Nations Habitat III conference, which started in Equador today and a panel event at the IFLA AR-URBIO Conference in Panama, not to mention a busy month of conferences at several national associations, including the NRPA Annual Conference, which took place in St Louis earlier this month, and the Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference at the end of the month.
As a consequence, this month's World Park News is a short edition, focussed on sharing some highlights of our Congress activity. We will return to our normal format next month.
In the meantime, I hope all in attendance at both congresses have had the opportunity to gain valuable insight, make meaningful connections and be inspired. Thank you to all the presenters and delegates, and to our our outstanding World and Europe Region Congress partners IERM and Hortis who gave their time to deliver excellent congresses.