Urban Dimensions of Nature Conservation: Roles for IUCN

Half the world´s population lives in cities; this is projected to grow to 60% by 2030 and 70% by 2050. The implications of this for nature conservation are many and complex. A few among many examples: (1) Conservation organizations depend on urban people for political and financial support, but city dwellers have less and less contact with nature; people can appreciate nature only if they know it. (2) There are often natural solutions to the challenges posed by climate change in urban areas. (3) Urban and peri-urban protected areas, including restored areas, are important components of urban ecological design.

Some parts of IUCN and many IUCN members are engaged with urban matters, but the subject requires greatly increased and more systematic attention. For a decade, a group of IUCN leaders has been considering how IUCN as a Union can incorporate urban dimensions into its activities. This workshop will be an opportunity for the wider IUCN community to contribute to these discussions. Background and policy papers will be posted online well before the Forum (see the links below).

The workshop will focus on (1) Ways IUCN can engage more effectively with urban people, urban places, and urban institutions, pursuant to IUCN Council Decision C/78/26. (2) Comments on draft guidelines for urban protected areas. (3) Ecological design of buffer zones between protected and urbanized areas, with illustrative case studies from the Republic of Korea.

AGENDA

1900 Introductory remarks

Ted Trzyna, Chair, IUCN WCPA Urban Specialist Group; President,
InterEnvironment Institute

Dongwon Shin, Executive Director for Nature Conservation, Korea National Park Service

1905 Part I: Urban roles for IUCN (Chaired by Ted Trzyna)

Objective: Call attention to the IUCN urban initiative and build a broader
community of interest in urban matters within IUCN; receive comments on
specific ideas for incorporating urban dimensions of nature conservation into
IUCN’s work and structure (pursuant to IUCN Council Decision C/78/26).

Ted Trzyna: Urban dimensions of conservation: Why IUCN must take them much more seriously – and options for doing so [a background paper will have been linked to this page]

Open discussion

1930 Urban protected areas: The Best Practice Guidelines Project

Objective: Call attention to, and engage a broader community in, a project that is producing a volume on urban protected areas — protected natural areas within and adjoining large concentrations of population — in IUCN’s Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series. A draft of the volume will be posted on the group’s Web site in advance of the workshop. This brief session will permit only limited interaction; e-mailed comments will be considered until the end of September.

Glen Hyman, Deputy Chair, IUCN WCPA Urban Specialist Group; Doctoral
Researcher, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris: The Urban Protected Areas
Best Practice Guidelines Project

Comments:

— Fook Yee Wong, Director, Friends of Country Parks; former head, Hong Kong Country Parks, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China

Brief remarks by representatives of ICLEI (Kobie Brand), Indus Earth Trust (Shahid S. Khan), and Parks Victoria (Mary-Lou Dixon)

Open discussion

2000 Part II: Ecological design of buffer zones between protected and urbanized areas (Chaired by Dongwon Shin)

Objective: Encourage conservationists and urban planners to work together in
designing and implementing plans for managing buffer zones according to
ecological principles.

Bong-Ho Han, University of Seoul; Korean Society of Environment and Ecology:
Ecological urban management of a buffer zone by ecosystem service function:
The example of Bukhansan National Park and Seoul, Korea

Junghoon Ki, Myongji University; Korean Planners Society: Mudeungsan Provincial Park: Role of buffer zones and proposals for national park status

Open discussion

2050 Concluding comments

Dongwon Shin

Ted Trzyna

Geographical scope:

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