These photos were taken over many years.
ABOVE: TOP ROW: Group at the 2005 World Parks Congress: Standing, left to right: Xola Mkefe, South Africa; Keith Cooper, SA; Ted Trzyna, US; Zwai Peter, SA; John Davidson; UK; sitting: George Davis, SA. // Other photos: Ted Trzyna, US. Adrian Phillips, UK. Jeff McNeely, US/Thailand.
BOTTOM ROW: Pedro da Cunha e Menezes, Brazil. Joe Edmiston, US. Louise
Lézy-Bruno, France. David Goldstein, US.
BELOW: TOP ROW: Brett Myrdal, South Africa. Judy Ling Wong, UK. Mike Paparian, US. Fook Yee Wong, Hong Kong.
BOTTOM ROW: Tanya Layne, South Africa (at her desk in the Edith Stephens Wetlands Park on the Cape Flats of Cape Town). Gideon Amboga, Kenya (center, with a fellow Kenya Wildlife Service ranger and Brett Myrdal of South Africa at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya; the lake, which has no outlet, is challenged by urban runoff). Yoav Sagi, Israel (at a remnant of coastal dunes between Ashdod and Ashkelon that has been protected from urbanization thanks to efforts of an NGO).
MORE PHOTOS FOLLOW THESE
BELOW: TOP ROW: David Welch, Canada. Jim Barborak, US. Pete Frost, UK.
BOTTOM ROW: Karen Treviño, US. Glen Hyman, US/France/Brazil. Elisabeth Kersten, US with Mark Bouman, US.
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*Ted Trzyna, Chair
Claremont, California, US. President, InterEnvironment Institute. [Bio and contact]
*David Goldstein, Co-Chair
Lowell, Massachusetts, US. Head, Cultural Affairs, Northeast Region, United States National Park Service // david_goldstein [at] nps [dot] gov
*Pedro da Cunha e Menezes, Deputy Chair
Quito, Ecuador. Career Brazilian Diplomat. Currently Minister Counselor, Embassy of Brazil, Quito. Formerly: Executive Director, Joint Management Commission, Tijuca National Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil // cunhaemenezes [at] gmail [dot] com
*Pete Frost, Deputy Chair
Bangor, Wales, UK. Senior Urban Advisor, Natural Resources Wales // peter.frost [at] cyfoethnaturiolcymru [dot] gov [dot] uk
*Louise Lézy-Bruno, Deputy Chair
Draveil, France. Assistant Director, Environmental Directorate, Department of Essonne // louise.bruno [at] yahoo [dot].fr
*Brett Myrdal, Deputy Chair
Cape Town, South Africa. General Manager, Environmental Planning, South African National Parks
*Fook Yee Wong, Deputy Chair
Hong Kong, HKSAR, China. Secretary, Friends of Hong Kong Country Parks; formerly head, Hong Kong Country Parks // fookyeew [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] hk
Joseph T. Edmiston, Senior Advisor
Malibu, California, US. Executive Director, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Natural Resources Agency of California
Jeffrey A. McNeely, Senior Advisor
Hua Hin, Thailand. Former IUCN Chief Scientist; A.D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University
Adrian Phillips, Senior Advisor
Cheltenham, England, UK. Conservationist. Formerly: Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas; Director General, Countryside Commission for England and Wales; IUCN Programme Director
Jim Barborak, Interim Chair, Natural Sounds Advisory Group
Fort Collins, Colorado, US. Co-Director, Center for Protected Area Management, Colorado State University
David Welch, Chair, Dark Skies Advisory Group
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Formerly: Earth Sciences Advisor, Parks Canada
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Full membership in the IUCN WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group is by invitation. Anyone may ask to be included, but preference is given to those directly involved in connecting conservation of nature with urban people, urban places, and urban institutions, either as practitioners or researchers.
Although expertise and willingness to contribute are most important, we strive for gender balance and wish to include younger professionals and people from all world regions. The specialist group is deliberately kept small to encourage interaction among its members. At any given time it has about a hundred members from some 30 countries. Members must contribute in some way; see How you can contribute, below. Member involvement is assessed at the end of each year.
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