I’m writing to you on behalf of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Young Professionals network. This WCPA network aims to promote better network and information sharing among conservation practitioners under the age of 35 around the world.
Enhancing involvement of young conservationists in IUCN activities was a key objective of World Parks Congress in Durban 2003. Former South African President Nelson Mandela, while addressing the Congress, admonished delegates saying “there were too many grey hairs in the room”. His inspiring speech challenged conservationists to engage more meaningfully with young people, to build their capacities, channel their enthusiasm and inspiration into the global challenges of sustaining life on earth and by doing so, safeguarding its most beautiful and inspiring places while respecting and building social equity.
The WCPA Young Professionals group is a rapidly growing global network but is currently under-represented from African, Indian Ocean and European regions, hence the purpose of this e mail to you.
Anyone is eligible to join the network, to receive and share information about partnerships, scholarships, funding and training opportunities. Our objective is to communicate across a broad global audience of peers working in similar fields, and to get more young people involved in the WCPA, so please do sign up.
I’ve attached the Young Professional Groups newsletters from 2009 and 2010. The next newsletter will be released by mid-May 2010. This will be distributed on the websites below. Your contributions to the newsletter would be greatly appreciated. We are open to projects you may be working on, news stories from your region, requests for information etc.
The listserves and web groups are listed below:
1. Linked In group is at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=2089259&trk=anet_ug_hm, or you can find it by its name IUCN/WCPA Young Protected Area Professionals
2. The YP Yahoo discussion group is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/youth_and_PAs/
You need to create a Yahoo ID for this group.
4. IUCN WCPA Young Professional Group Website
Please feel free to forward this e mail on to colleagues working in these regions. We look forward to your participation and active engagement in this group. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.
By Alasdair Harris