Natural Neighbors originated in a project carried out by InterEnvironment Institute for IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (see inset on Background page). The Institute has a long history with IUCN (see Our IUCN connection) and serves as the secretariat of the Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas.

InterEnvironment Institute, in cooperation with the IUCN Urban Specialist Group and other organizations:

  • Has organized and conducted sessions on Natural Neighbors and similar initiatives at several major conferences, including the IUCN World Conservation Congress held in Honolulu, Hawai'i in September 2016.
  • Is continuing research of international scope on efforts to link conservation and historic preservation agencies with natural history museums and similar institutions. 

The international dimension

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Co-sponsored by:

IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas

IUCN Species Survival Commission


(Initial list)

Stacie Beute, Phoenix, Program Director, Central Arizona Conservation Alliance

Mark Bouman, Chicago, Chicago Region Program Director, Field Museum of Natural History

Pedro da Cunha e Menezes, Brasilia, Diplomat, Brazilian Ministry of External Affairs; formerlyManager, Tijuca National Park, Rio de Janeiro 

Joseph T. Edmiston, Los Angeles, Executive Director, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

Louise Lézy-Bruno, Draveil, France, Assistant Director, Environment Directorate, Essonne; Coordinator, Urban Protected Areas Network

Lloyd Gardner, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

David Goldstein, U.S. National Park Service, Lowell, Massachusetts

Jeffrey A. McNeely, Hua Hin, Thailand, Conservationist, formerly Chief Scientist, IUCN

Brett Myrdal, Cape Town, General Manager, Environmental Planning, South African National Parks

Adrian Phillips, Cheltenham, England, Conservationist, formerly: Director General, Countryside Commission; Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas

Karen Treviño, Fort Collins, Colorado, Chief, Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, U.S. National Park Service

Fook Yee Wong, Hong Kong, Secretary, Friends of Hong Country Parks, formerly head, HKCP