WCC 2016 Res 064 - Progress Report

General information
IUCN Constituencies implementing this Resolution
IUCN Members: 
Parks Victoria / Australia
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service ( NSW NPWS ) / Australia
Department of Conservation / New Zealand
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN WCPA Health and Well-Being Specialist Group 2017-2020 ()
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
NSW Department of Health, Western Sydney Diabetes Alliance, Ministry of Health NZ, The New Zealand Public Service Association, Sport NZ, Halberg Foundation, Blind and Low Vision NZ, NZ Geographic
Indicate which actions have been carried out to implement this Resolution : 
Convene stakeholders/Networking
Education/Communication/Raising awareness
Policy influencing/advocacy
Describe the results/achievements of the actions taken: 
The main effort in implementing this resolution has been coordinated by the IUCN WCPA Specialist Group working with agencies in New South Wales and Victoria in Australia, as well as other Australian agencies, and in New Zealand by the Dept of Conservation, working with a wide variety of other organisations. The WCPA SG's report has not yet been uploaded, but will contain a wealth of further information.

Healthy Parks Healthy People - NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service continues to highlight the important benefits of spending time in nature to improved health and well-being outcomes through partnerships with health initiatives e.g. Western Sydney Diabetes Alliance, Healthy Eating Active Living Senior Officers Group. NSW also supported and helped to facilitate the Australian Committee IUCN symposium on Healthy People in a Healthy Environment.
National Parks and nature and now being included in NSW government strategies and policies relating to health, tackling obesity and diabetes, and sport and recreation.

Ministry of Health (MOH) and Sport NZ Working with Ministry of Health and Sport NZ on joint Ministers’ programme ‘increasing physical activity’ in two ways; a stocktake of physical activity initiatives across government agencies, and working with researchers at Auckland University to develop indicators for physical activity in nature, as part of their broad research for increased physical activity. The Department of Conservation and MOH are looking at developing a combined work programme over the next 6 months. Halberg Foundation The Halberg Foundation, the Department of Conservation and third partner Sensibel have responded to the disabled community’s call for better, richer information in nature spaces. We have developed a website, Accessibel, a bridge to nature, mapping the information everyone needs to explore. Blind and Low Vision NZ The Department of Conservation has worked to create the braille and tactile maps for public conservation tracks for the Blind and Low Vision community to use to enable a richer experience when walking in nature. First maps were created and trialled in the field. NZ Geographic NZ Geographic are undertaking the nationwide NZ Virtual Reality (NZVR) project. The Department of Conservation has worked alongside NZVR ensuring the best filming outcomes, by navigating administrative processes. The NZVR project provides a 360 degree experience of the natural world, and is about bringing nature to those who cannot access it, thus building empathy and care of our nature. The Ministry of Education now funds access to the full NZ Geo archive for every school in NZ. The Deaprtment of Conservationare working with NZVR and the Department of Corrections to conduct a trial of bringing nature through Virtual Reality into prisons.
What challenges/obstacles have been encountered in the implementation of this Resolution and how were they overcome : 
Challenges include making non-traditional partnerships, establishing credibility for the concept. Measures to overcome include networking, demonstrating relevance of nature in different scenarios, and using extensive scientific literature to ensure policies are evidence based.
Briefly describe what future actions are needed for the implementation of this Resolution: 
This resolution has had an extremely high level of implementation, and the main challenge for the future will be to extend this to a global level. The WCPA SG plans for activities at the WCC to highlight progress
Status of implementation
Status of implementation for this Resolution: 
On-going: implementation consisting of repetitive, recurrent action (attending meetings, reporting, etc.)
Are these actions planned for yet: