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Biodiversity Policy & Practice

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014

12-19 November 2014 | Sydney, Australia

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Highlights for Wednesday, 19 November 2014

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High-level representatives after making their countries' commitments to the Promise of Sydney.

On Wednesday morning, the World Parks Congress 2014 concluded with participants meeting in plenary until lunchtime to hear statements and commitments from high-level delegates and dignitaries, witness the award ceremonies, and listen to musical performances.

The plenary observed a minute’s silence in memory of rangers who have sacrificed their lives in the frontline of anti-poaching activities, and in memory of two IUCN colleagues. Via video link, Jane Goodall applauded rangers around the world who, with little equipment and in times of conflict, even when they may not receive their salary, continue to protect conservation areas.

During the awards ceremony, several awards were presented, including the Jane Goodall Award, the International Young Conservationist Award, the International Ranger Federation Lifetime Achievement Award, the Kenton R. Miller Award in recognition of innovative approaches in conservation, and the Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award for leadership in conservation.

Artistic and musical performances celebrated the value of nature, and the importance of protecting biodiversity. The meeting concluded in the afternoon, after which participants enjoyed an Australian barbecue “send-off.”

Summary Report for IUCN World Parks Congress for Wednesday, 19 November 2014:


Closing Plenaries

Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, Australia
Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President, Madagascar

Sergey Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources
and Environment, the Russian Federation (right)
Fouad Mohadji, Vice-President, the Comoros

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General
Barbara Thomson, Deputy Minister of
Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Xavier Sticker, Ambassador for the Environment, France

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Rako Pasefika


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Stream Session Leaders

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Penelope Figgis, Director, IUCN Australian National Committee

Jeff Koinange, Talk Show Host, Kenya Television Network
Adrian Steirn, award-winning wildlife photographer

Beth Foster, Communications Vice-President,
National Geographic Society
Thomas Friedman, The New York Times, and
Adrian Steirn, award-winning wildlife photographer


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Protected Areas Mural painted during the course of the conference by students from James Cook University.

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Max Jenes, PAMS Foundation, Tanzania (left), receives the International Young Conservationist Award from Bill Jackson, Parks Victoria.
Tiwonge Mzumara-Gawa, Museums of Malawi (left), receives the International Young Conservationist Award from Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich, Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).

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(L-R): Sean Willmore, Thin Green Line; Jean Pierre Jobogo Mirindi, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); Tiwonge Mzumara-Gawa, Museums of Malawi; Max Jenes, PAMS Foundation, Tanzania; Luigi Eybrecht, Bonaire National Marine Park; Bill Jackson, Parks Victoria; Natasha Miller, The Nature Conservancy; Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General; and Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich, IUCN WCPA

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Harvey Locke, conservationist, receives his award with a call to all concerned to sell "the world's most exciting product - intact nature" with pride and enthusiasm.

Sosthen Ndong Obiang, Agence Nationale Des Parcs Nationaux, Gabon, is welcomed with applause for his recognition of all rangers at WPC as "family."
A representative of the Virunga National Park, DRC, receives the Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award on behalf of all its rangers.

Natasha Miller, The Nature Conservancy, presents the Kenton R. Miller Award recognizing innovation in conservation tools and approaches to Yusup Cahyadin, Sukianto Lusli, and Agus Budi Utomo, Burung Indonesia.
Yusup Cahyadin, Sukianto Lusli, and Agus Budi Utomo, Burung Indonesia, and Natasha Miller, The Nature Conservancy

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Sukianto Lusli, Burung Indonesia, receives the Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award on behalf of Widodo Sukohadi Ramono, who was recognised for his work in several national parks of Indonesia, including Ujung Kulon National Park, the last home of the rare Javan rhino.

Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, IUCN Social Policy Programme, received the Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award for lifetime achievement and leadership in conservation.
Cláudio C. Maretti, IUCN WCPA, calls for at least 30% protected areas in the Amazon, as he is recognised for his lifetime's work in Brazil.

Alan Latourelle, Parks Canada
Peter Cochrane, Australia’s World Parks Congress Ambassador

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Recipients of the Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award pose with Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich, WCPA, and Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General.

(L-R): Michael Wright, NSW Deputy Chief Executive National Parks and Wildlife Service; Trevor Sandwith, IUCN Director; and Sally Barnes, Director, Parks Australia
Sally Barnes, Director, Parks Australia, presents the Promise of Sydney to Zhang Xinsheng, President, IUCN.

Zhang Xinsheng, President, IUCN

Australian didgeridoo player joins Fijian, Hawaiian, and Canadian musicians during the closing ceremony.

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Closing Ceremony

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, IUCN,
and Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich, Chair, IUCN WCPA
Jessica Watson, Australian sailor

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One of several musical performances on the importance of protecting natural resources during the closing ceremony.

Ta’Kaiya Blaney and Corrina Kelling
Daniela Benavides, Founder, conCIENCIA

Jeffery Lee, Djok clan elder, who donated his ancestral land to Kakadu National Park and World Heritage Site.
Duane Fraser, Traditional Owner and Indigenous Participation Program accompanied by his uncle and a didgeridoo player.

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Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, IUCN


Funding for coverage of this meeting has been provided by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Global Environment Facility-United Nations Development Programme, The Helmsley Charitable Trust, and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
IPCC Secretariat Global Environment Facility UNDP The Helmsley Charitable Trust John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Resources

*Congress Website *Congress Programme at a Glance
*Congress Plenary Sessions *Congress Stream Sessions
*Congress Theme Sessions *Congress World Leaders’ Dialogues
*Congress Capacity Development Workshops *Congress Pavilions
*Congress Field Trips *IUCN website


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