Esri Promotes Conservation & Sustainable Development at IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

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IUCN World Parks Congress, November 12-19th, 2014, Sydney, Australia


Get Hands-on Experience with Esri at WPC


WPC Pavilion & Exhibition Hall – Booth 43:

Visits Esri at booth 43 within the exhibition. We will demonstrate how a wide variety of organizations from around the world are using GIS software to better understand and seek solutions to real-world environmental challenges.


Catch A Live Demo!


At WPC, a team from Esri will present the value of the ArcGIS Platform for conservation planning and decision support. Live demos will be given on a variety of GIS tools in desktop, web and mobile. Scientists, researchers, governments and more use ArcGIS to preform analysis and access millions of authoritative data and imagery layers via Esri’s cloud-based mapping service ArcGIS Online. By leveraging these tools you can, detect changes, map trends, quantify differences on the Earth's surface and more. We'll show you how you can create planning and design scenarios of the protected areas where you work.


Attend a Panel of Conservation Leaders Using Mapping Technology


Don’t miss Esri Australia’s Len Olyott showing how ArcGIS software and data is useful for land managers, researchers and more. Olyott will join representatives of UNEP-WCMC, IUCN, and the European Commission-Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC), among others, to showcase cutting-edge information technology to improve conservation and protected area management and support better decision making. The event is convened and hosted by IUCN and the European Commission-Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) under the banner of BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Area Management) – an initiative of the ACP Secretariat (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific), funded by the European Union.

When: Tuesday, November 18 2014, 1730 – 1900

What: Protected Area Decision Support Tools

Where: Members Bar

Focus: Cutting-edge information technology to improve conservation and protected area management We’ll be introducing some of the innovative digital tools being developed by Esri, EC, IUCN, and the SMART Partnership, among others, to help support better decision making for management of protected areas and biodiversity. Come join us for some food and drink while we fuel your ideas for what’s possible in helping solve your conservation challenges. The event is convened and hosted by IUCN and the European Commission-Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) under the banner of BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Area Management) – an initiative of the ACP Secretariat (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific), funded by the European Union.|


1)      17:30-17:40 Welcome and Introduction to the Session (Steve Peedell, JRC, Nick Cox, IUCN)

2)      17:40-17:50 SMART Conservation Software (Alexa Montefiore, Raj Amin, SMART Consortium)

3)      17:50-18:00 Conservation Planning with ArcGIS (Len Olyott, Esri Australia)

4)      18:00-18:10 Google tools for Conservation (Rebecca Moore, Karin Tuxen, Google)

5)      18:10-18:20 Protected Planet (Brian MacSharry UNEP-WCMC)

6)      18:20-18:30 Global and Regional Observatories - The Digital Observatory of Protected Areas and BIOPAMA (Gregoire Dubois, Steve Peedell, JRC)

7)      18:30-19:00 Discussion session (during which food and drinks will be available), demos

Session: Congress Events

Type: Workshop

More information: http://www.biopama.org/learn_more/biopama_iucn_wpc2014.cfm and http://wpc2014.eventranet.com.au/  


Don’t Miss Cutting Edge Presentations from Global Organizations Leveraging ArcGIS


There will also be a variety of presentations given throughout the congress showcasing projects and mapping tools leveraging ArcGIS. These presentations will demonstrate real-world solutions that seek to address today's conservation and development challenges. While we make no claim to have captured all of the presentations, here is selected list to assist in your program planning. Don’t see your presentation? Email envmgtinfo@esri.com:


NASA Hyperwall:

Session: NASA Hyperwall – Exhibition

Highlighted Presentation: Conservation International


    • Friday, November 14th, 10:00 am - 10:25 am
    • Tuesday, November 18th, 10:00 am - 10:25 am

What: Firecast, http://firecast.conservation.org

Where: Exhibition - NASA Hyperwall


Conservation International/World Wildlife Fund:

Session: Stream 1 - Reaching Conservation Goals

When: Friday, November 14th, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

What: Sliding back or moving forward? Protected area degazettement, representativeness, and non-regression.

Where: Hall 3A1

Focus: This session will explore the implications for biodiversity conservation of three areas of research: protected area downgrading, downsizing and degazettement (PADDD); the failure of protected area systems to achieve the goal of being comprehensive, adequate and representative (CAR); and the potential evolution of non-regression as a legal principle.

Key Speakers: Introduction to PADDD and global PADDD dynamics -- Michael Mascia (Conservation International) Brazilian case study of PADDD -- Anna Carolina Lobo (WWF-Brazil) Australian case study of PADDD -- Martin Taylor (WWF-Australia) Avoided Loss -- Ian Craigie (James Cook University) Non-regression principle -- Rob Fowler (University of South Australia) Panel Discussion with Moderator -- David Farrier (University of Wollongong)

Type: Panel Discussion

More information: http://wpc2014.eventranet.com.au/


World Resources Institute, Wildlife Conservation Society:

Session: Stream 5 - Reconciling Development Challenges

When: Friday, November 14th, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

What: USAID's Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment

Where: Hall 4 Nth Pod

Focus: Since 1995, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE), and in partnership with National Governments and the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) established in 2005, has made significant progress toward the sustainable management of millions of hectares of tropical forest in eight Central African countries; trained thousands of individuals from government, local and international NGOs, concessions and communities in forest management and biodiversity conservation; and assisted national and local civil society organizations to work with local communities, governments and the international community to play an active role in managing for development and conservation benefits. This event will showcase successes, best practices and solutions

Type: Panel Discussion

More information: http://wpc2014.eventranet.com.au/



Session: Protected Planet Pavilion


    • Saturday, November 15th, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    • Tuesday, November 18th, 11:00 am - 11:30 am

What: A Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard: Addressing challenges to monitoring biodiversity

Where: Protected Planet Pavilion

Focus: We seek to build awareness of a new, freely available, spatially enabled tool for tracking the status and trends in indicators of biodiversity over time. The biodiversity indicators dashboard is designed for ease of use and intuitive visual representations of biodiversity status for three high biodiversity regions of the world. It should be of great interest to a wide range of stakeholders, and we seek to build awareness and engagement.

Type: Capacity Development

More information: http://wpc2014.eventranet.com.au/



Session: Congress Events

When: Tuesday, November 18th, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

What: IBAs in Danger Launch 2014

Where: Playfair Room 2

Focus: An increasing number of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are under threat from damaging development – much of which is poorly planned and does not take environmental values into account, despite over 60% of IBAs having some form of formal legal protection. This event will launch the new BirdLife publication State of the World´s IBAs , which will include information on IBAs in Danger, the global list of IBAs under the highest pressure from a diverse range of threats. This information provides an essential focus for governments, development agencies, the international environmental and conservation conventions, business and wider civil society to act to prevent the further damage or loss of these sites of international significance. The launch will provide an opportunity to showcase the successes of the BirdLife Partnership in safeguarding and conserving IBAs using a wide range of approaches. The event will include a multi-stakeholder panel discussion.

Type: Announcement

More information: http://wpc2014.eventranet.com.au/