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

EmanuelRecently our World Urban Parks Organisation/'new Ifpra' Task Force strategy group affirmed the need for a body to unite and connect the urban parks and recreation industry. We have seen the recent formation of Malaysia’s national association, MyParks, and planning is underway to create similar national associations in Brazil and Indonesia.

We need to recognise how much organisations rely on membership support under economic pressures and how financially vulnerable associations can be. Only a year ago UK national association GreenSpace ran into cash flow issues and was dissolved and this month the Parks Forum board is recommending members vote on the continuance of that organisation due to loss of key agency members and revenues.

While associations must first and foremost strive to be relevant and provide good value for money to members, membership can sometimes be viewed as a luxury. It takes leadership in tough times to advocate that organisations must continue to seek best practice, efficiency, professional development and data to support the economic, social and environmental value of parks through association membership.

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Green spaces celebrated on World Parks Day

World Parks Day was celebrated on Saturday 20 September, with many events taking place across the globe to celebrate the importance of parks and green spaces and the tremendous value they offer.

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World Urban Parks Organisation update

The Task Force Strategy Group has increased its meeting schedule with a view to submitting a report with recommendations on a new-model World Urban Parks Organisation or 'new Ifpra' to the World Executive by 31 October 2014.

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International competition for Moscow park 

By Dr Digby Whyte, Ifpra CEO
In June and September 2014, I was invited to join the jury of an international competition designed to attract leading landscape and design firms to design and oversee the long-term development of Sokolniki Park, the largest urban park in Moscow at 515 hectares.

The process was highly successful and very professionally organised. This article shares the organising process as a case study for park agencies to consider design competitions.

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Christchurch to China: Beautifying our streets with trees

By Derek Roozen, Christchurch City Council
Trees, parks and open spaces provide an opportunity for people to relax and recover from their busy urban lives. In my home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, many residents are fortunate to own property with enough land to plant trees. This has contributed to Christchurch’s identity as the “Garden City”.

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Ifpra Academy certification discount extended

The discount for the Certified Parks Professional (CPP) and Certified International Parks Professional (CIPP) accreditations has been extended to the end of 2014. The extension follows requests from parks professionals.

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Ifpra e-newsletter: Your new name suggestions

Thank you to all readers who sent in name suggestions for Ifpra’s e-newsletter. We received some great ideas and the CEO and Board will now have the important task of considering which of the names suggested should be chosen.

Names suggested by Ifpra e-newsletter readers range from ‘Parks Post’ and ‘World Parks Monthly’ to the ‘International Parks Gazette’ and ‘Ifpra e-Bulletin’. Look out for an announcement of the name in our October e-newsletter.

Copenhagen Technical Tour

Ifpra members (left) on the full-day technical tour of Copenhagen (European Green Capital 2014), which took place on 18 August 2014 prior to the Nordic Parks Conference in Malmo.

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The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

The IUCN World Parks Congress is a landmark global forum on protected areas, which is held every ten years. This year’s congress will be held at Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November and is expected to attract over 3,000 delegates from more than 160 countries.

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Benchmark of the month - September 2014

This item shares a little of the value of Yardstick each month from the 2013 data for Parkcheck members in Europe, North America, Africa and Australasia. This month's benchmark looks at the 2013 data for Parkcheck members in Europe, North America, Africa and Australasia.

(Note: the number in brackets below the nation is the number of organisations surveyed in that nation)

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 newsletter 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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