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IUCN WCPA Urban Specialist Group

The IUCN WCPA Urban Specialist Group is part of the World Commission on Protected Areas of IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The Urban Specialist Group works to strengthen the ability of the protected areas community to serve urban people, urban places, and urban institutions.

2015 goals:
  • Encourage the international conservation community to give more attention to urban matters.
  • Publicize Urban Protected Areas, a volume in IUCN's Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series; arrange for translations.
  • Encourage cooperation between urban protected areas and museums and similar institutions. See progress here.
  • Follow up on The Promise of Sydney, the document and set of commitments resulting from the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress.
  • Prepare for the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress.
  • Make the case for dark-sky protected areas and other means of protecting nature from artificial light. See progress here.
  • Protect natural and cultural soundscapes in protected areas. See progress here.