Bush capital on show for international conservation tour

Canfan 2 June 2014

The ACT Government is pleased to announce it will host a post conference tour in partnership with the Conservation Council ACT and the Australian Alps as part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress 2014.

The World Parks Congress is only held every 10 years, and it is an honour for Australia to be able to play host. It will bring together over 3000 delegates from 160 countries to Sydney in November. The “Integrating people and parks – Australia’s Bush Capital/Australian Alps Program” tour will invite up to 20 delegates from around the world to visit the ACT and surrounding region.

“The ACT Government joined the IUCN in March as part of our commitment to best practice biodiversity protection. The IUCN brings together states, government agencies and non-governmental organisations across 160 countries and provides a forum to find practical solutions to conservation and development challenges,” said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury

“The Congress and the Canberra tour will provide opportunities for our parks service to learn and share with other park managers from around the world about enhancing the management of our local environment.

“It is a great achievement to have this post conference tour visit the ACT as part of the Congress. The application process for the field trips was highly competitive, with over 30 applications made to the World Parks Congress National Steering Committee. We hope to have delegates from all over the world attend these educational field trips to the ACT and the Australian Alps.

“The tour will provide an educational experience for our rangers, but will also give the ACT the opportunity to showcase the variety of programs run in the Bush Capital that support our natural environment. The tour will take delegates to visit various locations around Canberra including Mulligans Flat Sanctuary, National Arboretum Canberra, Lower Cotter Catchment and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, and also to New South Wales for a visit to Kosciuszko National Park, with a focus on the Main Range area hubs of Thredbo and Perisher Valleys.

“There is also an exciting opportunity for people to get involved with the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 as volunteers. Volunteering at the Congress provides a unique opportunity to be part of the global hub of knowledge and innovation in protected area conservation.”

Applications to volunteer are now being accepted and will close Friday 13 June 2014.To submit an application online or for more information on the field trips visit www.worldparkscongress.org

(Media Release Shane Rattenbury)

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