Kathy MacKinnon, United Kingdom

16 April 2012 | Article
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Protected areas are the cornerstones of biodiversity conservation; as such they are central to IUCN’s mission of promoting ecological sustainability. Having spent more than 30 years working on conservation issues in developing countries, I believe that there is good understanding of protected area management needs and challenges.

Nevertheless political support is still weak due to lack of appreciation of the multiple social and economic benefits that conservation can provide. Recent reviews show that protected area systems can be effective natural solutions to help people cope with climate change and other global environmental challenges such as food and water security.

The new quadrennial IUCN Programme provides an exciting opportunity to create greater awareness on the links between biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and human welfare. Delivering the Aichi targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity, including substantial expansion of the global protected area network, will require enhanced support for protected areas under a range of appropriate governance and management regimes.

If elected, I would seek to enhance collaboration between WCPA and IUCN regional programmes and national partners to expand the protected area programme and develop the knowledge and tools to mainstream conservation into climate change strategies and sustainable development plans.

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1 Tim Snow
My compliments
Kathy, I found your competitors arrogant and demeaning. So best of luck. I believe you would be a great chair.
September 12, 2012 - 10:54
2 Karen Richardson Commission for Environmental Cooperation
True leader
Kathy, you are a true leader and have dedicated your professional career to improving and establishing protected areas all over the world. I can think of no better person to chair the Commission. Good luck.
September 7, 2012 - 15:43
3 Abiodun Dominic Odunuga IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability
Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership
Many IUCN Member Organizations are interested in engaging youth and collaborating across generations to help achieve conservation outcomes - for example the 35 co-sponsors of Motions 008 and 132. If you are elected to Council, how do you propose to promote youth engagement and intergenerational partnership? How can we bring more young conservationists into the Union and reach out to the significant global youth demographic? Please share your action ideas here; we also invite you join our workshop on developing an IUCN-wide Action Plan on this topic on 11 Sept, 11-13h, Room 203. Thank you!
September 7, 2012 - 11:48
4 Valerie Hickey The World Bank
Ideally suited
Kathy - having apprenticed under your leadership, I have seen first hand the passion and professionalism you would bring to the position. I - from a personal perspective - have no doubt that you are ideally placed to lead the WCPA through the emerging challenges that test us all. Good luck! Valerie
May 30, 2012 - 03:40
5 Maurilio Cipparone Istituto PANGEA
Gender & experience
Not only the experience, this time, but the "gender" too, according to the "old" campaign on women's role in conservation... Best wishes, Kathy.
May 25, 2012 - 20:31
6 Ignacio March The Nature Conservancy
Best wishes
Hi Kathy, My best wishes ¡¡¡¡¡¡
May 25, 2012 - 19:20
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