World Parks Academy Webinars – 29th and 30th April

 

World Parks Academy Webinar:

CitiesWithNature: The Benefits of Access to Nature for Urban Communities During and Beyond Pandemics and Associated Movement Restrictions

 

Date and Time:

April 29, 2020 @ 10:00am EST

 

NO COST!

 

Register for webinar HERE https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlf–gqD8oHtdxao-5qFLdCmCM9vZzgE5Z

Register for CEUs HERE https://provalenslearning.com/world-parks-academy-webinar-citieswithnature-the-benefits-of-access-to-nature-for-urban-communities-during-and-beyond-pandemics-and-associated-movement-restrictions

 

For assistance contact worldparksacademy@gmail.com

 

Webinar Description:

This webinar will bring together speakers from cities and city networks around the world. In the webinar, we aim to share some thoughts, ideas, and experiences on the role that nature (and specifically urban parks) is playing in urban life at this current moment, in light of COVID-19, and how cities (given the need for differing regulations) are bringing parks to people and connecting people with nature, if at all. We would like to explore if there is more appreciation of parks and nature at this time, and if this is telling us anything about what the role of nature will be in the future of our cities. We will hear from a diverse range of perspectives, acknowledging that the situation is contextual and different in each part of the world. We might also explore how cities are using parks at this time, and how urban residents perceive the importance of nature in our cities, especially in relation to the pandemic. We will aim to communicate recommendations on the value of parks and keeping access to nature open, which is especially pertinent these days. We will highlight here how platforms like CitiesWithNature provide tools for cities to remain connected to the global community who is standing in solidarity with their response efforts. The webinar will also discuss and compare experiences, approaches, and responses from a variety of contexts and provide a space for reflection and discussion. Finally, we will share stories around how the need to connect online has come to the fore, especially in relation to information sharing around public spaces and the importance of nature for human health and wellbeing.

 

Learning Objectives:

After attending this webinar participants should be able to:

  1. To compare the experiences from various cities around the world in terms of access to and contributions from nature in addressing the impact of pandemics
  2. To raise awareness on the value of nature in urban life, particularly during pandemics and times of movement restrictions
  3. To demonstrate the multiple health and wellbeing benefits for urban communities in rediscovering and reconnecting with nature first hand
  4. To showcase mechanisms to stay connected on virtual platforms such as CWN at this time

 

Speakers:

 

Timothy Blatch, Global Coordinator of CitiesWithNature in ICLEI’s Cities Biodiversity Center

Kobie Brand, Chief Executive Officer and Regional Director, ICLEI Africa

Additional Speakers

 

 

 

World Parks Academy Webinar:

Designs on the Future: Parks beyond COVID

 

Date and Time:

April 30, 2020 @ 4:00pm EST

 

NO COST!

 

 

 

Register for webinar HERE https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsduCrqjksHdctXRDdyMZ_wCajBIfuTvHb

Register for CEUs HERE https://provalenslearning.com/world-parks-academy-webinar-designs-on-the-future-parks-beyond-covid

 

For assistance contact worldparksacademy@gmail.com

 

Webinar Description:

The final dialogue in World Parks Week will focus on systems transformation for nature, health and cities. Speakers on the frontline of urban regeneration, human-centered design and nature-based solutions will share new perspectives and help shape a call to action for World Urban Parks.

 

Learning Objectives:

After attending this webinar participants should be able to:

  • Share the importance of parks for cities’ social fabric and economies
  • Explain the pivot potential of city leaders and street champions
  • Understand role of parks and resilience – anticipating the next (health) emergency
  • Discuss solidarity and intergenerational equity

Speakers:

Jayne Miller, President & CEO, Pittsburgh Parks; Chair, World Urban Parks

Tolu Oni, Professor of Urban Epidemiology, University of Cape Town and Cambridge University

Itai Palti, Founder, Conscious Cities; Director, HUME

Gil Penalosa, Founder and Chair, 8 80 Cities

Clare Shine, VP and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar