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Welcome , Bienvenue, Willkommen, Bienvenidos, 歓迎

Welcome to the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration, the world urban parks organisation dedicated to city livability and a sustainable environment through parks, open space and recreation. We support a world where people value and have easy access to quality urban parks and open spaces and connect, leverage and support members in the form of governments, professionals, businesses and citizens dedicated to this vision.


Bienvenue sur le site de la Fédération internationale des Gestionnaires de Parcs et Aires Récréatives.

Nous rassemblons toutes les personnes et organisations concernées par la gestion des parcs urbains dans le monde, tous les services  dédiés à la qualité de vie dans les villes. 

Nous souhaitons promouvoir un environnement durable dans les parcs, les espaces ouverts et les aires de loisirs. Nous désirons soutenir toutes les actions où l’individu trouve sa légitimité et sa place dans les espaces publics, un monde où l’on facilite un accès au plus grand nombre dans des parcs de qualité, ouverts et interconnectés (trames vertes et bleues).

Grâce à notre réseau mondial, nous proposons à tous nos membres un effet de levier  et de soutien auprès des gouvernements, des professionnels, des entreprises et des citoyens pour que tous prennent conscience et œuvrent pour le développement de parcs, jardins et aires récréatives, plus nombreuses, bien entretenues et accessibles à tous.


Herzlich Willkommen bei der Internationalen Vereinigung für Verwaltungen von Parks und Erholungsgebieten (IFPRA).

Wir widmen uns der Aufgabe, in Städten und urbanen Siedlungsgebieten eine lebenswerte und nachhaltige Umwelt durch Parks, Freiflächen und Erholungsgebiete zu schaffen.

Wir unterstützen eine Welt, in der die Menschen städtische Parks und Freiräume wertschätzen und in der alle Menschen einen direkten Zugang zu qualitativ hochwertigen städtischen Freiflächen haben.

Wir sind eine Dachorganisation für öffentliche Verwaltungen, Experten aus der Grünen Branche, Gesellschaften und private Organisationen und Firmen, die sich unserer Vision einer lebenswerten und grünen Stadtlandschaft verschrieben haben.

Wir unterstützen unsere Mitglieder durch weltweiten Erfahrungsaustausch, durch fachliches Wissensmanagement in einem aktiven Netzwerk und durch Lobbyarbeit.






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The World Urban Parks Organisation Task Force resulted from the Ifpra Strategic Review Report of 2013 that recommended the creation of a new-model, inclusive, world urban parks organisation or 'New Ifpra'. The Task Force is charged with engaging key stakeholders in the parks sector in implementation planning and will recommend the viability of the WUPO to the Ifpra Executive, General Assembly and other peak park organisations. For a copy of the Task Force Terms of Reference click here.

The Task Force comprises:

  1. The Strategy Group is the main working party of parks leaders from around the world that will meet through 2014 and deliver the outcomes of the Task Force.
  2. Two Reference Groups of 20+ key leaders providing advice to the Task Force:
    • Large Cities and Organisations; and
    • Respected Individuals


Members of the Task Force






 Interest in WUPO Task Force Membership


John Senior

Chairperson, WUPO Task Force; Leader IUCN-WCPA Healthy Parks Healthy People Taskforce

Former Manager Strategic Partnerships, Parks Victoria




Neil McCarthy 

President Elect, Ifpra; CEO North East Catchment Management Authority, Victoria

Former Chair, Parks Forum; General Manager Parks, Parks Victoria




Daniel Boulens

Ifpra Commissioner for France; Director of Green Space, City of Lyon

Former Director Parks and Landscape Services, City of Grenoble; Vice President French Association of Directors of Public Parks and Gardens


The questions of environment are good opportunities to involve and promote the quality of life in our cities. The future of our business and the central theme of WUPO are joined in making a worldwide exchange of knowledge. We can’t be alone or isolated, we need to be linked and to face together the new challenges of tomorrow. 


Willie Nel

Professor, Environmental Sciences Department, University of South Africa; Ifpra Commissioner South Africa

Former Executive Officer Environmental Management, Johannesburg City Parks

 South Africa



Mark Camley

Executive Director, Park & Venues, London Legacy Company; Chair Parks Alliance

Former CEO The Royal Parks (London); Director of the Supreme Court for England & Wales

 United Kingdom



Catherine Nagel

Executive Director, City Parks Alliance

Former Executive Director National Association for Olmstead Parks


Ive joined the Task Force as a member of Parks for Life with a commitment to seeing city parks across the world flourish!



Kevin O'Hara


Vice President, Urban & Government Affairs, National Recreation & Parks Association

Former Manager Government Affairs, American Society of Landscape Architects



Steve Coleman

Executive Director and President, Washington Parks & People; Chair Parks for Life




Gil Penalosa

Executive Director, 8-80 Cities

Former Commissioner for Parks, Bogota, Columbia




Kevin Lowe/ Mark Band

President Parks & Leisure Australia, President Environs Australia, General Manager Urban Planning & Leisure Services, Campbelltown City Council SA


KL: Parks and related Leisure opportunities are the cornerstone of wellbeing in our global societies that are rapidly increasing in population and density and are often taken for granted.  Advocating for these places, spaces &  programs is key and I  see the need to work closely with national peak agencies & other organisations to foster a global voice through WUPO on parks and leisure issues


Kenzo Oguchi

Executive Director, Parks Japan

Former Head of Parks, Tokyo





Ian Maxwell

Director, Parks Forum Board; Manager, Parks, Sport & Recreation, Auckland Council

Former Director Community, Manukau City Council

 New Zealand



Dr David Cochrane

Partner, Economics, Regulation & Policy; Ernst & Young

Former Director, Price Waterhouse Cooper






To find out about recent Task Force activities and progress, visit the World Urban Parks Organisation updates page. (Active soon)