In the center of Sydney Olympic Park AstroTurf was designed, a kind of artificial turf. A Fair greening for the world’s largest gathering of environmentalists. And he was not even out of place. It was quite in keeping the pragmatic approach, how nature conservation at the World Parks Congress (12.-11.19.2014) presented on the east coast of Australia. Around 5000 Ranger, NGO members, activists as well as politicians and business representatives came together at the invitation of the “International Union for Conservation of Nature” (IUCN), to discuss the future of the protection zones of the globe.
For in proportion as mankind plunders natural resources of the planet, the pressure on national parks, forests and marine protected areas increases. If you want to save, you need new ideas. The old ideas no longer seem to work – or not good enough. Meanwhile, some trends seem herauszuschälen
A message of “love of nature – not their loss.”
Until now, it was mainly the strategy, people with dramatic pictures on environmental degradation to induce them to engage with environmental issues. Slowly, a different approach prevails: the mention of the treasures that we still have. “It is a message of love of nature, not of loss. The only way to motivate people to work for change,” says Ed Gillespie, who heads a London PR agency, dealing with sustainability issues. And so it went in some of the discussions and to exactly this: to the telling of positive stories to the promise that it’s fun to get involved. Not so much a mere appeals and appeals
“Inspiring solutions.” – That is the motto of this meeting, which takes place only once per decade. The idea to motivate people positively, must therefore last longer than a few years. At least hope that the organizers. We want the ideas that are developed here in the Congress, an enduring legacy for the next generation of environmentalists, says Trevor Sandwith, Director of the global protected area program of IUCN, who organized and chaired the meeting.
In accordance with the motto of the congress, the organizers had a “Green Reserve List” developed the “Green List of Protected Areas”. As a sort of counterpoint to the Red List of Threatened Species as to an index with exemplary efforts to develop environmental protection.
But that also provoked opposition, also at the conference. “This call to protect all that is left, should not mean that we should not talk as openly about the dire situation of many protected areas,” says the project manager of a non-governmental organization, who asked not to be named better.
The Role of the Company
While criticism of capitalism was rarely wait in the environmental debate, it was at the World Parks Congress also about how the companies and technology companies their Share to environmental protection – and so much more. Within a decade, there was a lot happened, said one participant, who is also at the last meeting in Durban was there in 2003. At that time, the invited company representatives were still cut by many. This time there were daily discussions and presentations in specially-designed pavilion on “business and biodiversity”. Or large-scale funding initiatives. The US space agency NASA, technology companies such as HP or Google presented their products, enabling environmentalists and a broad public interactive access to many satellite data.
Google Earth about also controls the “Map of Life” project Yale University, which aims to bring together all the world’s information on biodiversity – satellite pictures of the forest land or ice sheets in the world, from satellite-based remote sensing of animal populations to information about genetic databases – all this on an interactive platform accessible to all people should be.
But even on a smaller scale, the trend towards a technology-based environment is clear. If people can not do without her smartphone while walking in a national park, then nature must come up on their screens. Controlled in the form of GPS apps that provide interactive information -. About special places in the parks or attractions along migration routes
Now that the summer slowly starts in Australia, there will be many occasions, this Smartphone -Apps to undergo in the national parks of the country a test. But the approach to inspiration in environmental protection at the end will actually pay off? Until next World Parks Congress have much time to investigate this question.