The latest news and updates from World Urban Parks
November 2016
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Creating meaningful connections

Dr Digby Whyte, World Urban Parks CEO

The last two months have seen World Urban Parks develop a stronger platform and sense of direction.

Our newly elected Board has approved a new structure to drive four portfolios of activity, and the organisation has been on show, not only by partnering at the World and Europe Region World Urban Parks congresses and supporting the major Ifla Americas-URBIO and Habitat III conferences, but also globally in advocating for the world’s urban parks.

As you will see in this edition of World Park News, we are also developing formal alliances with related organisations who share our interest in looking towards sustainable development and an improved connection between people and nature in our urban and peri-urban areas.

These relationships represent great potential, but it is important we work to create solid, meaningful connections. This is made possible through our activity portfolios.

Four new committees for Children and Nature, Aging and Parks, Healthy Parks Healthy Cities, and Green Infrastructure are in the process of being formed as part of our Advocacy Portfolio, also responsible for key service committees including the existing Large Urban Parks and Knowledge and Standards Committee.

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World Urban Parks Habitat III event a success

The Large Urban Parks Committee (and Network) held a successful side event with the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology (SISEF) at the United Nations Habitat III Conference in Quito last month. Dr Richard Murray congratulated Patricia O'Donnell for leading the event, and the panellists for their contributions.

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A Memorandum of Understanding at AR-URBIO

World Urban Parks contributed to a panel at the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and Americas Region-URBIO Conference in Panama City, Panama on 27 October 2016. The panel shared knowledge on how parks create vibrant liveable communities.

Titled The Roles and Values of an Urban Parks System, the panel was an outcome of the development of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of mutual support between World Urban Parks and IFLA as two allied professional organisations. The MOU was signed at the conference closing ceremony by World Urban Parks Chair Gil Penalosa and IFLA Americas President Raquel Penalosa on behalf of IFLA President Kathryn Moore.

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World Urban Parks social media blossoms

Since its mid-August launch World Urban Parks Facebook has been buzzing, with a consistent World Urban Parks presence integrated across social media platforms Twitter (@WUParks) and LinkedIn.

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Video campaign introduces urban National Park

The Greater London National Park City campaign has released a video series introducing the concept of making the Greater London region an urban National Park, as part of their mission to declare the city an Urban National Park by the end of 2017.

View the video series>>

Connecting with local government: biodiversity

World Urban Parks is working to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) in the leadup to the 5th Global Biodiversity Summit of Cities and Subnational Governments, to be held in Cancun, Mexico from 9-11 December 2016.

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Connecting with the Children & Nature Network

World Urban Parks is in the process of developing a Children and Nature Standing Committee, and is considering a co-operative Memorandum of Understanding with the Children & Nature Network in the lead-up to their Vancouver conference in April 2017.

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Reports on green spaces released

Three reports on the benefits of urban green spaces and forestry have recently been released. The findings of these reports summarise the evidence for health benefits, climate change mitigation, food security and biodiversity, amongst other factors:

Recommended research articles

Selected by the World Urban Parks Applied Research Working Group

This month's recommended research articles from around the world comprise a study of the value of park biodiversity for citizen foraging in Berlin and a study of how equitable green space was distributed across socio-economic groups in Shanghai (with a potentially surprising result).

Introducing our National Associations

Institute of Parks and Recreation Singapore (IPRS)

IPRS is Singapore's association for the conservation and enhancement of parks and recreation facilities. The Institute has a diverse membership of landscape architects, architects, designers, engineers, park managers, landscape contractors, landscape suppliers, arborists, administrators, artists, authors and park users.

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Event: IPRS Conference, Singapore

Singapore | POSTPONED

The IPRS International Greenery, Parks and Recreation Events and Conference 2016 has been postponed to 2017 with a new date to be advised. The Institute was concerned that the short development and promotion time frame should be extended to ensure quality and viability.

Event: Greater and Greener 2017

Minneapolis and St. Paul, USA | 29 July - 2 August 2017

Early bird registrations have opened for Greater & Greener, the two-yearly conference of the City Parks Alliance. World Urban Parks will co-present a day-long International Forum  at the event on 2 August 2017.

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Upcoming events

We have an exciting schedule of events planned in fascinating locations all over the world. A list of upcoming training events is listed on the World Parks Academy website.

For information about all upcoming World Urban Parks conferences and events, visit the Congresses & Events section of our website.

Call for contributions

We welcome your contributions to keep the World Park News interesting, vibrant and relevant. Contributed articles of up to 1,000 words in length are preferred, and each should ideally be accompanied by at least one photo or image.

If you have a news article, research summary, event report or photo to share with the World Urban Parks community, please email CEO Digby Whyte at or Fraser May, Communications, at

Please note: member associations are welcome to forward selected articles from their e-newsletters and e-magazines for publication.

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