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Vth IUCN World Parks Congress

Durban, South Africa | 8-17 September 2003

Highlights
Tuesday, 16 September

Photo: Valli Moosa, South African Minister for Environmental Affairs and Tourism, with HM King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu Nation, HM Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, King of Akyem Abuakwa and Presidential Advisor on Environmental, Ghana, and HE Marc Ravalomanana, President of Madagascar


Participants at the Vth IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) met in Plenary throughout the day. In the morning, two panel discussions on tourism, business and protected areas (PAs), and on extractive industries and PAs addressed the general theme "Global Partners for PAs." Participants also heard an update on the drafting process of the Congress Outcomes. In the afternoon, a special session on Africa met under the patronship of HM King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu Nation and HM Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, King of Akyem Abuakwa and Presidential Advisor on Environment, Ghana. HE Marc Ravalomanana, President of Madagascar was present as well, addressed the Congress and received an award for progress achieved in conservation.
 
Special Africa Session
 
HM King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu Nation (Listen to the King's address), HM Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, King of Akyem Abuakwa and Presidential Advisor on Environmental, Ghana (Listen to the King's address), and HE Marc Ravalomanana, President of Madagascar

 

 

 
Claude Martin, Director General WWF, recognized the progress achieved in Africa since the Caracas Congress, and offered a "gift to the Earth" certificate to Marc Ravalomanana, President of Madagascar (left), and Pape Diouf, Minister of Fisheries of Senegal, on behalf of President Abdoulaye Wade (right) Lusigi, IUCN/WCPA, chaired the session (center) (Listen to the Presentation of Awards)


Panel: Future of PAs in Africa

Michael Rands, Birdlife International, HE Pape Diouf, Senegalese Minister of Fisheries, Patrick Bergin, African Wildlife Foundation, Murphy Morobe, South African Financial Commission and Fiscal Commission, Claude Martin, Director General WWF, and Charles Sylvain Rabotoarison, Madagascar

Listen to the interactive debate: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Achim Steiner moderated the panels on the Future of Protected Areas in Africa, as well as the panel on Extractive Industries and Protected Areas (see below)
Panel: Tourism, Business and Protected Areas

Robert Hepworth, UNEP, Chair Cheryl Carolus, South Africa Tourism, Co-Chair Bill Jackson, IUCN, and Eugenio Yunis, World Tourism Organization (Listen to the discussion on Tourism and Protected Areas)

Robert Hepworth, UNEP, Penelope Figgis, Australian Conservation Foundation, and Eugenio Yunis, World Tourism Organization

Extractive Industries and Protected Areas:
Adrian Loader, Shell, Adrian Phillips, WCPA, Christine Milne, IUCN, Moderator Achim Steiner, IUCN Director General, Greg Coleman, BP, Sir Robert Wilson, Chairman of the International Council on Mining and Minerals (ICMM), and Joji Carino, President of the Tebtebba Foundation
Highlighting human rights violations in Nigeria by Shell, a participant stressed that the Congress has been dominated by mining industries (left), Adrian Loader, Shell, and Joji Carino, President of the Tebtebba Foundation
Hans Jurgen Grabias, Krombacher Brewery, Mike Leach, Tribal Chief of the Tit'qet St'at'imc Nation, and Debra Epstein, Canon

Launch of a UNDP-GEF Publication: A guidebook on local business development for biodiversity conservation

 

Andrew Bovarnick, UNDP/GEF, Co-Author and moderator, Chief Simon, Il Ngwesi Game Ranch, Kenya (left) and Mario Ramos, GEF Biodiversity Advisor, with Charles McNeill, UNDP (right)

This guidebook will help improve the design of small business development strategies within biodiversity conservation projects, and is meant for use and application by conservation planners, policy makers and practitioners within governments, donors, NGOs, civil society and the private sector. For more information, contact Andrew Bovarnick, andrew.bovarnick@undp.org.

Participants with Andrew Bovarnick, UNDP/GEF, Co-Author and moderator, Chief Simon, Il Ngwesi Game Ranch, Kenya
 

Links
World Parks Congress
Programme for the World Parks Congress
Workshop Streams and Cross-cutting Themes


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