The international dimension


(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, Urban Fellow, U.S. National Park Service, Detroit, Michigan

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

George Rabb, Chicago, President Emeritus, Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo; formerly Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission

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

Co-sponsored by:

IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas

IUCN Species Survival Commission

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 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.

In 2016, InterEnvironment Institute, in cooperation with the IUCN Urban Specialist Group and other organizations:

1. Organized and conducted sessions on Natural Neighbors and similar initiatives in various countries at the IUCN World Conservation Congress held in Honolulu, Hawai'i in September 2016. The World Conservation Congress is held every four years and is the world's premier conservation forum. The Institute has organized events at all of them since 1994.  

2.  Is continuing its research of international scope on efforts to link conservation agencies with natural history museums and similar institutions, with emphasis on visitors and potential visitors. Some of these efforts are one-on-one, for example, between a national park and a zoo or museum, while others are part of broader metropolitan conservation alliances.

3.  Is organizing Natural Neighbors Southern California as a pilot project, drawing on experience, research, and the World Conservation Congress.

4.  Has begun to assist in organizing similar efforts in other metropolitan areas.