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

EmanuelI am delighted to announce that the votes have come in from our Special Online Meeting of the Ifpra General Assembly. It was gratifying to see a great turnout of members, who overwhelmingly approved the creation of a new World Urban Parks organisation to take our industry forward.

I am proud to have your trust that we are doing the right thing. I also thank those who gave conditional approval on the basis of some wise considerations as well as the few who voted against the resolution, highlighting the need for us to promote our inclusive nature and the equal role of recreation in our constitution.
For World Urban Parks to succeed, we need to embrace the concept, support it, and create an exciting and welcoming organisation that will unite our industry. In the next 12 months, it is essential that we use our networks to inspire others to join. While for us this is the new Ifpra, for others it will be very much their organisation too.

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General Assembly votes on the future of Ifpra

Ifpra members voted to adopt the new-model World Urban Parks organisation constitution in a special online meeting, held between 5 and 12 December 2014.

This outcome has been the result of two years of input and planning by Ifpra and industry leaders from around the world.

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Stop violence - build a park

By Marloe Dresens
San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador, has a population of two million people. Youngsters living in slums are easy prey for gangs. In what have been dubbed the ‘zonas rojas’ the government is powerless when it comes to drugs and street-violence.

In an attempt to break the vicious circle of violence and poverty among young people, Dutch development agency Cordaid is assisting in constructing a city park in collaboration with the local municipality, residents and businesses. Located in the middle of the Mejicanos slum, this area for sport, recreation and urban agriculture is the first of its kind in this metropolis.

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Parks of the World: Otari Native Botanic Garden, Wellington, New Zealand

Classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants.

Otari is a unique plant sanctuary and forest reserve, spanning 100 hectares of native forest and 5 hectares of plant collections. Some of Wellington's oldest trees are here, including an 800-year-old Rimu tree.

Take a brief tour of Otari Native Botanic Garden>>

Parks Alliance meets Minister

United Kingdom Parks Alliance board members met with Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Stephen Williams MP, reaching an arrangement to hold a formal green spaces seminar and discussing the potential for a Commission of Parks in the United Kingdom.

This story was covered by Horticulture Week. Read the full article here>>

Mentoring: are we missing the mark?

By Jenn Halliday
I recently attended several parks and recreation conferences where I could not sit, stand, eat, or think without having someone speak to me about young professionals.Whether you call them the “upcoming leaders”, the “bright students”, “Gen-Y”, or the “Millennials”, this cohort of influencers are a hot topic.

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Yardstick Benchmark of the Month

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

This chart shows how often park users from all five cities visited the park they were interviewed in.

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

Event: World Congress

Our next World Congress is planned for 25 to 30 May 2015 to coincide with the 9th Iberoamerican Congress of Parks and Public Gardens and International Gardens Festival in Ponte de Lima, Portugal.

The Congresses provide an opportunity to be inspired, share knowledge and find networking opportunities with people involved in the parks and recreation industry from around the world.

Visit the Congresses & Events page for the latest program and a PowerPoint show on some of the highlights of Ponte de Lima>>

Event: Landscape, Wilderness, and the Wild

The Landscape, Wilderness and the Wild conference will be held from 26 to 28 March 2015 in Newcastle, UK

This international cross-disciplinary conference will bring together scholars from around the world to explore the concept of wilderness as well as its relationship to landscape and culture.

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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 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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