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Vth IUCN World Parks Congress

Durban, South Africa | 8-17 September 2003

Tuesday, 9 September

Delegates to the Vth IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) met in morning Plenary to hear keynote presentations and a panel discussion on "Benefits beyond Boundaries." Two afternoon symposia were held to address "Benefits to People" and "Managing with Change." Numerous side meetings and special events on, inter alia, the UN List of Protected Areas, the Biosafety Protocol, and the sacred dimension of protected areas (PAs), were held throughout the day.

Photo: Celebration of the Sacred and Non Material Values of Protected Areas by Indigenous and Traditional Leaders from around the World, Lakota Chief Little Finger

Plenary: Benefits Beyond Boundaries

Chair,  Abdulaziz Abuzinada,  Saudi Arabia National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development



"Looking from here back to Caracas" Angela Cropper (Trinidad and Tobago), CEO, The Cropper Foundation and Member of Commission on Environmental Law



Sylvia Earle, National Geographic, presented a video "The Impacts of Change on Nature and People (Listen to Presentation)

"Benefits Beyond Boundaries" Kenton Miller (US) Chair, WCPA and Vice President for International Conservation and Development, WRI (Listen to Presentation)


"State of the World's Protected Areas: Linking Protected Areas to Broader Agendas" Klaus Toepfer (Germany), Executive Director, UNEP (Listen to Presentation)



"The Milennium Ecosystem Assessment and Implications for Protected Areas" Bob Scholes (South Africa), Co-Chair of the Condition and Trends Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (Listen to Presentation)

Russell Mittermeier (US) President, Conservation International
(Listen to Presentation)


HM Queen Noor (Listen to Presentation)


Klaus Toepfer during his presentation



Queen Noor (second from right) and David Sheppard, WPC Secretary General (third from right)

Panel Discussion: "Responding to the Challenge: How can Protected Areas Best Provide Benefits Beyond Boundaries?"

Panel discussion (left to right): John Makombo (Uganda), Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich (Mexico), President, Nacional Commission on Protected Areas (CONANP), Andre van der Zande (Netherlands), Director General, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, Estherine Lisinge Fotabong (Cameroon), Director of Policy, WWF CARPO and Vice Chair for West and Central Asia, WCPA, and Moderator Vuyo Mbuli (South Africa)

Moderator Vuyo Mbuli (South Africa)




Dr. Taghi Farvar, Chair of CEESP, Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy of IUCN; and IUCN Council member. To his right is Uncle Sayyaad Soltani, a Community Elder of the Kuhi People of the Shish Bayli, one of the six tribes in the Qashqai Confederation—the largest tribe of nomadic pastoralists in Iran.


Aghaghia Rahimzadeh (Iran) desribed the traditional and sustainable livelihood of her pastoral nomadic community.

Symposium A: Benefits to People

Protected Areas and Poverty: What is the Linkage, What are the Benefits?" Ian Johnson (UK), Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank


"Protected Areas as Engines for Economic Development" Carlos Manuel Rodriguez (Costa Rica), Minister for Environment and Energy (Listen to Presentation)

"Benefits beyond Boundaries: the Importance of Protected Areas and a Healthy Environment for People and Sustainable Development in Africa", Tribal Chief Emeka Anyaoku (Nigeria) (Listen to Presentation)


A gorilla during a presentation on "Peace and Security: the Benefits of Protected Areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo", Eulalie Bashige (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Director General ICCN

"The Convention on Biological Diversity: Protected Areas and Benefits to People" Hamdallah Zedan (Egypt), Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (Listen to Presentation)



"Protect Areas: Benefits for Urban Areas, the Next Frontier" Government of the State of Amazonias


Panel discussion on "Benefits to People: Do People Really Benefit from Protected Areas?" Moderated by Peter Bridgewater (Australia), Secretary General, Ramsar Convention Secretariat

"Communicating Benefits of Protected Areas to People" an audiovisual presentation with Denise Hamu (Brazil), Chair, IUCN Commission on Education and Communication



Princess Irene van Lippe-Biesterfeld, Princess of the Netherlands

Symposium B: Managing Change

Symposium B during the presentation of Claude Martin, Director General, WWF International: "Preparing for a Changing World: Climate Change and Protected Areas"


"Partnerships Between the Public and Private Sector- the Way Forward for Protected Areas in the 21dt Century?" John Turner (US), Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs


"The Drivers of Change and Implications for Protected Areas" Christian Samper (Colombia), Director, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Valli Moosa, South Africa, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, moderated the symposium


"The "Implications of Global Change for Management of Protected Areas in the 21st Centry" Panel discussion moderated by Jeffrey McNeely (US) Chief Scientist, IUCN (far right)

Press Conference: Entry into Force of the Biosafety Protocol

Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary, CBD, Juan Mayr, Former Colombian Environment Minister, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister of Environment, South Africa, Klaus Teopfer, UNEP Executive Director


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