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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.

2014 goals:
  • Encourage the international conservation community to give more attention to urban matters.
  • Publish and publicize Urban Protected Areas, a volume in IUCN's Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series. Completed.
  • Encourage cooperation between urban protected areas and museums and similar institutions. See progress here.
  • Prepare urban-related events for the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress. See progress here.
  • 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.