The Oceania region is vast and contains many nations of differing sizes and governance. The Work of WCPA in the region is undertaken under the following structure.
The overall responsibility lies with the Regional Vice Chair, Penelope Figgis.
She is greatly assisted by 2 Deputy Vice Chairs, Bruce Jeffries in New Zealand and Elizabeth Erasito in the Pacific. (See profiles below)
In addition WCPA has several regional coordinators under the marine theme.In Oceania they are Jon Day for Australia and New Zealand, Kathy Walls Polynesia, Willy Kostka, Micronesia and Hugh Govans for Melanesia.
In Australia we currently have an Advisory Committee which advises the Vice Chair on strategic and policy issues and in New Zealand some key advisors. The Pacific Deputy Vice Chair works closely with the IUCN Regional Office in Suva.
WCPA Oceania Regional Chair
4 Woolcott St.,
Waverton NSW 2060
Tel: ++61 (2) 992 25275 , ++61 0416 364 722
Fax: ++61 (2) 995 76815
In addition to her position with WCPA, Penny is currently a on the Board of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Chair of the Parklands Advisory Committee, and Director of the Parklands Foundation. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Graduate School of the Environment, Macquarie University.
She has been a senior member of the Australian environment movement for nearly 30 years, contributing through policy development, public speaking, lecturing and writing. A political scientist by training, she was national lobbyist the Australian Conservation Foundation in the early eighties. She was elected to the ACF Council in 1985 and served seventeen years as Vice President. Other roles include nine years as a Director of the Australian Bush Heritage Fund and four years as Vice President of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW. As well as the boards or committees of the Australian Tourist Commission, the Environment Protection Authority of New South Wales, Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, the Great Barrier Reef Consultative Committee, Landcare Australia, the Jenolan Caves Trust, the People and Parks Foundation and the Commission for the Future. She has just stepped down from 4 years on the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council
In 1994 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her services to conservation and the environment, in 2003 was awarded the Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to the environment and on Australia Day 2006 was awarded one of Australia’s highest honours, an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the environment, nature conservation and sustainable tourism.
Deputy Vice Chair, Oceania (New Zealand)
Conservation Planning & Management Systems Advisor / Consultant
187 Stone Street,
Wanaka - Otago - 9305
Profession: Protected Area/Conservation Management & Planning Systems Specialist
Nationality: New Zealand
Professional connections IUCN World Commission Protected Areas, IUCN/WCPA World Heritage Advisor Background.
I hold a Diploma Parks, Recreation & Tourism from Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand., and a MSc. from the University of Wales - International Centre for Protected Landscapes. Currently work as a practitioner and consultant / advisor specializing in: Management Planning, Training and Capacity Building, Project design and evaluation a, Project management, Biodiversity monitoring and evaluation, World Heritage Site Appraisal, Tourism and PA Visitor Services. In these areas my knowledge encompasses a range of conservation planning, management and monitoring / evaluation systems and training experience. This understanding was gained in New Zealand, where I was in the New Zealand National Park system for 25 years, in Pacific Island countries, in particular Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste and in South and East Asia (Nepal, Philippines, Lao PDR and Malaysia (Sarawak), Bhutan, and Thailand, China (Yunnan Province) and Indonesia. Contacts
DEPUTY VICE CHAIR, OCEANIA (Pacific islands)
National Trust of Fiji
PO Box 2089,
Govt. Bldgs, Suva,
Telephone: 679 3301807
Fax: 679 3305092
Email : email@example.com
Elizabeth Erasito is the Director for the National Trust of Fiji. She currently chairs Fiji’s Protected Areas Committee appointed by the National Environment Council, is a member of the Fiji Management Authority for CITIES and the Advisory Board for the Institute for Applied Sciences and was a key figure in re-establishing the World Heritage process in Fiji.
Elizabeth has over 10 years experience in the conservation arena in Fiji and heads a dynamic team at the National Trust of Fiji, which is responsible for the management of sites of heritage significance in Fiji.
OCEANIA’S LEADING WCPA FIGURES
The region is fortunate in having many active professional members able to support the WCPA in its work. Members of the region are prominent in WCPA both nationally and internationally.
International Vice Chairs
- Penelope Figgis AO, Vice Chair, Oceania
- Dr. Marc Hockings, Vice Chair for Science and Management,
- Prof. Peter Valentine, Communications Publications
- Dr. Graeme Worboys, Vice Chair for Connectivity and Mountains,
- Dr. Graeme Kelleher, Senior Advisor, High Seas,
Specialist Groups and Task Forces
- Prof. Bernhard Willem Boer Legislative Frameworks SG Leader
- Dr Fiona Leverington Management effectiveness SG Co Leader Task Forces
- Mr Nicholas Conner Economic Valuation TF, Leader
- Associate Prof. Robyn Bushell Tourism TF, Co Leader
- Mrs Jay Anderson Caves and Karst SG, Leader
- Mr John Senior Healthy Parks - Healthy People TF, Leader
- Dr Bob Pressey, Conservation Planning TF, Leader
- Dr. Lea Scherl, Protected Areas and Equity TF, Co Lead
- Mr Brian Gilligan assisting Allen Putney on World Heritage
Australia Kata Tjuta National Park
Photo: © Evelyne Clarke