Read all the latest news and updates from Ifpra - November 2014
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A word from the President

EmanuelYou will by now have directly received notice of the special meeting of the Ifpra General Assembly to decide upon the future of Ifpra, and the notice is repeated in this issue of World Park News.

Your Executive and Task Force are recommending we adopt the World Urban Parks organisation constitution as the sustainable ‘new Ifpra’, however the future of our organisation will be in your hands when you vote by online survey, and I encourage you all to have your say.

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Special online meeting to set Ifpra's future

A special meeting of the Ifpra General Assembly will be held online from 5-12 December to decide on the adoption of the constitution of a new-model world urban parks organisation or ‘new Ifpra’.

Please read the Notice of Special Meeting to find out how your vote can help our organisation evolve.

Your questions on the 'new Ifpra'

There have been a lot of questions raised about the move to a new organisational format, including what the new model organisation will look like, how decisions will be made, and how new members will join.

Find answers to these questions and more in our World Urban Parks FAQ.

Presentation to IUCN World Parks Congress

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress is run once a decade and is a major feature in the calendar for the parks sector.

The 2014 Congress was held this month in Sydney, Australia and attracted over 6,000 leaders in the parks and conservation industries from more than 170 countries around the world.

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'Parks of the World': Green Hearts, Helsinki

We're starting a regular segment showcasing parks and park programmes throughout the world.

This month features Green Hearts Park Walks in Helsinki, Finland - a website designed to assist residents and visitors in discovering the city’s many delightful parks with the help of historic stories and planned walks.

Visit the Green Hearts website and explore the sights and stories of Helsinki>>

An insight into Lyon's parks

By Daniel Boulens
A people-friendly European metropolis, Lyon frequently ranks among the best places to live in France and Europe.

The key to this success lies in the ability to offer all the ingredients for personal and professional fulfillment, a rich cultural life and measures to ensure sustainable development.

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Wanted: Committee Members

The Best Practice and Benchmarking Standing Committee is seeking committee members and supporters from around the globe.

If you're interested in international networking to develop and establish shared information while improving industry standards and best practice, this is a great opportunity.

Read an invitation from the committee chair>>

Yardstick Benchmark of the month - November 2014

This item shares a little of the value of Yardstick each month. In this example from the 2014 Parkcheck Europe data for five Scandinavian cities in Denmark (3), Norway (1), and Finland (1).

These charts show the duration of the park visit for two park types by all visitor types interviewed on all five cities.

Visit the Yardstick Global website for more information about Yardstick>>

Upcoming events

We have an exciting schedule of events planned in fascinating locations all over the world. For information about all upcoming Ifpra conferences and events, visit our website.

Visit the Ifpra 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 up to 1,000 words in length are preferred, and each should ideally be accompanied by a photo or image.

If you have a news article, research summary, event report or photo to share with the Ifpra community, please email Ifpra CEO Digby Whyte at or James Heffield, Ifpra Communications, at
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