WCC 2016 Res 064 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
Parks Victoria
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Member
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
European Union (EU)
Meso and South America
North America and the Caribbean
South and East Asia
Anguilla, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
New Zealand
Republic of Korea
United States of America
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Members: 
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning ( DELWP ) / Australia
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, SA / Australia
Korea National Park Service ( KNPS ) / Republic of Korea
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service ( NSW NPWS ) / Australia
Parks Canada Agency - Agence Parcs Canada / Canada
Parks Victoria / Australia
US Department of the Interior (National Park Service) / United States of America
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Commission on Education and Communication 2017-2020 (CEC)
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2017-2020 (SSC)
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas 2017-2020 (WCPA)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
World Health Organisation, Secretariat the Convention on Biological Diversity, VicHealth, 8 80 Cities, Salzburg Global Seminar, World Urban Parks Organisation
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Capacity-building• Parks Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have commenced the development of new shared priorities and a targeted work program to implement the Victorian Memorandum for Health and Nature (April 2017). • Parks Victoria is working with local governments across Victoria to ensure that their Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plans recognise the physical and mental health benefits from connecting with nature and that the Municipal Plans enable a range of new and innovative partnerships that deliver programs, experiences and research to improve the health of communities and nature. • Parks Victoria is working with the State’s health promotion foundation, VicHealth and the YMCA to deliver a ‘Camp Out’ in Victoria’s Government House grounds for disadvantaged children in November and to leverage this event as a promotion campaign on the benefits of time outdoors in nature for the upcoming summer school holidays. • Parks Victoria in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and Nutrition Australia has developed Healthy Eating in Parks guidelines to promote healthy eating as part of healthy active lifestyles for community health.On-going
Education/Communication/Raising awareness• Parks Victoria facilitated a World Leadership Dialogue entitled ‘Nature is Good Medicine’ at the 15th World Congress on Public Health 2017, bringing together the IUCN and the World Health Organisation to demonstrate the strong links between biodiversity and health and their commitment to working together https://www.cbd.int/health/wcph2017-nature-is-goodmedicine.pdf.Completed
Education/Communication/Raising awareness• Parks Victoria has released a new Guide to Healthy Parks Healthy People, which provides information on what Healthy Parks Healthy People is, why it is important, the role of parks for community health and wellbeing, building knowledge, and commitments and priorities in Victoria.Completed
Field activities• Parks Victoria is recruiting nine new ‘community engagement’ rangers and 40 seasonal rangers to develop and maintain diverse health sector partnerships for community activation, such as health programs, volunteering, learning and nature play.On-going
Policy influencing/advocacy• Parks Victoria is leading the establishment of a new IUCN WCPA Health and Well-being Specialist Group https://www.iucn.org/theme/protected-areas/wcpa/what-we-do/health-and-wellbeing Completed
Scientific/technical activities• Parks Victoria is working in collaboration with the University of Melbourne (School of Population Health) to develop a new framework for evaluating the health and wellbeing benefits of being ‘on Country’ for Indigenous Australians.On-going
Scientific/technical activities• Parks Victoria’s Valuing Victoria’s Parks report, which outlines a new framework for environmental ecosystem accounting of protected areas and provides estimates the ecosystem services and benefits from Victoria’s parks (including health benefits) has been presented at four international conferences since 2016.Completed
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
See above
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Convene stakeholders/NetworkingFacilitate partnerships to influence policies and plans and implementation of programs across sectors
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessContinue to promote the health and well-being benefits of nature across the conservation health and other sectors
Scientific/technical activitiesSupport the building of evidence on the benefits of nature for human health and well-being and encourage the development of standard metrics to measure the co-benefits
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