WCC 2016 Res 085 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
Parks Victoria
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Member
Period covered: 
2017
Geographic scope: 
Oceania
Country/Territory: 
Australia
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Members: 
Parks Canada Agency - Agence Parcs Canada / Canada
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas 2017-2020 (WCPA)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Yes
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, YMCA, Nutrition Australia, University of Melbourne
Implementation
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
ActionDescriptionStatus
Capacity-building• 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
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
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
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessContinue to work with partners to implement in-park programs for the broad health and well-being of people and communities that result in increased recognition of the value of nature and parks.
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