Dr Digby Whyte, CEO
The last two months have seen World Urban Parks develop a stronger platform and sense of direction.
Our newly elected Board has approved a new structure to drive four portfolios of activity, and the organisation has been on show, not only by partnering at the World and Europe Region World Urban Parks congresses and supporting the major Ifla Americas-URBIO and Habitat III conferences, but also globally in advocating for the world’s urban parks.
As you will see in this edition of World Park News, we are also developing formal alliances with related organisations who share our interest in looking towards sustainable development and an improved connection between people and nature in our urban and peri-urban areas.
These relationships represent great potential, but it is important we work to create solid, meaningful connections. This is made possible through our activity portfolios.
Four new committees for Children and Nature, Aging and Parks, Healthy Parks Healthy Cities, and Green Infrastructure are in the process of being formed as part of our Advocacy Portfolio, also responsible for key service committees including the existing Large Urban Parks and Knowledge and Standards Committee.