The World Parks Congress (WPC) is held once every 10 years by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This year the 6th WPC was held in Sydney, Australia from November 12-19.
Members of the WWF tiger team were among the 10,000 participants gathered to discuss conservation successes and challenges, share knowledge, network, be inspired and set the agenda for protected areas conservation for the coming decade.
The Congress opened with a spectacular welcome event that included an Aboriginal smoking ceremony, dance and music performances – a reminder of the deep and profound connection indigenous Australians have to the land and sea.
Watch the entire welcome event, video courtesy of the WPC Sydney YouTube channel.
Members of the Tigers Alive Initiative presented WWF’s innovative tools and strategies for tiger conservation and protected area management during the Congress.
Rohit Singh (below, left) presented on SMART law enforcement monitoring software. Khalid Pasha (below, right) presented CA|TS, Conservation Assured Tiger Standards, the highest set of standards for protected area management which links to the IUCN Green List.
WWF also had booths to further engage WPC participants in our techniques for protected area management, protection and conservation. Team member David Lawson spoke to government and NGO representatives about the upcoming Zero Poaching Symposium in Nepal while Khalid and Rohit answered questions on SMART and CA|TS.
Check out the gallery to see what went on at our booths!