Seminars, Master Classes & Speaker Tours

Each year Parks Forum develops and facilitates a series of seminars, workshops, forums and master classes in Australia and New Zealand, hosted by member agencies.

These provide significant networking and information exchange opportunities to parks managers. They are often held in conjunction with Parks Forum Board Meetings, Annual General Meeting and the Parks Forum Biennial Conference.

A number of important events and tours have been organised so far and include:

Dr Harry Biggs, Kruger National Parks S.A. 

Speaking Tour, May-June 2010:

Harry Biggs has had a diverse career, and is considered an expert in adaptive management.  In recent times, he has spent most of his time working on and attempting to influence adaptive governance and management issues, especially concerning the natural capital in ecosystems. His current post in South African National Parks allows him considerable freedom to think about how conservation agencies should see their role in biodiversity and ecosystem services, but in a wide societal context.  He  is currently the chair of IUCN’s Freshwater Task Force. He is author or co-author of over 50 scientific publications and presentations, many interdisciplinary, and has edited a scientific book on the Kruger National Park.

During his speaking tour Harry will draw on his experience to explore a number of critical aspects of adaptive management from an organisational perspective, including bringing adaptive management from theory to practice, organizational culture and its impact on adaptive management, and building the link between good science and good management to  achieve  better outcomes.  Harry will tour Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane and the Australian Alps in May and June, conducting a series of workshops, hosted by state and territory parks agencies. This tour is being jointly presented by Parks Forum, the IUCN - WCPA, Murdoch University and the Australian Alps Committee.

Harry Biggs presented, Climate change and the water crisis: How the world's rivers, streams and lakes can help in Perth, Australia, Monday 24 May, 2010.

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Special Young Leaders Forum

Sydney, Monday 23 August 2010

Held in conjunction with the 2010 Parks Forum 4th International Biennial Parks Leadership Conference, Common Ground, this forum brings together young professionals from across Australia and New Zealand to discuss key issues facing the new generation of parks leaders. At the conclusion of the workshop, being held on Monday 23rd August 2010, a presentation by the young leaders group will be made to the main conference assembly. If you, or a young leader in your organisation would like to take part, please click here.

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Recent Programs:

Nov 2008: Parks Business Models and Innovative Revenue Initiatives Seminar

Hosted by Centennial Parklands in Sydney in November 2008, this seminar facilitated by Parks Forum brought together senior parks managers and other relevant stakeholders to showcase a series of case studies and highlight innovations in the business management of parks.

Five leading parks industry speakers presented innovative business models and revenue initiatives. This was followed by a facilitated discussion and panel session  to draw out the best strategies for agencies and the parks industry to attract and retain investment in parks for now and the future.

Click below to view the summary report of the seminar:

Detailed presentations are also available in the resource database.


Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Presentation

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Delegates at a Parks Forum seminar