GWS2013: Focus sessions


New for GWS2013 are Focus Sessions — a small numbr of concurrently running, high-profile sessions.  Like Plenary Sessions, Focus Sessions spotlight important topics, but withjust a few  running at once instead of just one, they provide conference goers with a choice of topics to explore. Here's the final lineup:

Session 18 • Governors Square 15
5652 / Focus Session
Native Leadership in Protected Area Management: An International Spectrum of Approaches
Chair(s): Nathalie Gagnon, Senior Analyst/Lead Specialist, Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, Parks Canada • Presenters: Hawk Rosales, Intertribal Sinkyone Wilderness Park; James Igloliorte, Chair, Tongait Kakkasuangita SilakKjapvinga CMB; Herminio
Diaz, San Luis Potosí, Mexico; Doug Harris, THPO, Narragansett Tribe
Session summary
Around the world, Native involvement in the management of protected areas is flourishing. The term “protected areas” here includes formally designated protected natural areas, sacred natural sites, sacred cultural sites, community-conserved areas,
Indigenous cultural landscapes, and more. Indigenous communities are either managing them directly or in conjunction with another governmental entity or other organization. This Focus Session will provide attendees a sampling of current approaches
from Canada, Mexico, and the USA — a window on the diverse world of Native stewardship of the Earth.

Session 19 • Plaza Ballroom E
5654 / Focus Session
Using Research into the Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management to Enhance Science-Informed Decisions
Chair(s): Carena van Riper, PhD Candidate, Texas A&M University • Presenters: Katherine McComas, Cornell University, Department of Communication (risk perception and communication); Robert Manning, University of Vermont, Park Studies Laboratory
(recreation management) ; Joe McCarter ( traditional ecological knowledge)
Session summary
In an era of rapid environmental change and uncertain futures, context-specific information about how stakeholders relate to resources and resource management will become increasingly important in designing effective and durable natural resource
management strategies. Human dimensions practitioners utilize a range of social science disciplines, which can produce different kinds of knowledge. Some approaches are better suited than others to addressing particular types of questions
that might emerge with respect to various management activities. This session will introduce some of the key considerations in choosing between social science approaches to assist managers in assessing what type of information could be most
helpful in a particular situation. Invited panelists will each introduce their area of expertise, the types of questions that their theory and methodology are best able to address (and at what points of the management cycle), and an example of how
this insight can assist in management.


Session 22 • Plaza Ballroom E
Leopold 1963 Redux: Now What?
Chair(s): Gary Davis, Principal, GEDavis &

5648 / Focus Session • Presenters:
David Graber, U.S. National Park Service (by videorecording); Healy Hamilton, Senior Research Fellow, Marine Conservation Institute, Fairfax, CA
Session summary: The 1963 Leopold Report “Wildlife Management in the National Parks” guided a generation of park stewards. The U. S. National Park Service recently asked its National Park System Advisory
Board to revisit this landmark advice and update its guidance regarding appropriate goals for park stewardship and policies and actions needed to achieve them, given much-changed knowledge and
circumstances. Panelists will review the Leopold 1963, describe environmental and social changes influencing park stewardship since 1963, and describe key findings and recommendations of the 2012 report
“Revisiting Leopold: Resource Stewardship in the National Parks” to frame a discussion with attendees of how this advice may influence U. S. National Park Service stewardship goals, policies and practices.


Session 44 • Governors Square 15
5656 / Focus Session
Marine Protected Areas: Tools for Conserving Our Seascapes
Chair(s): Lauren Wenzel, Acting Director, NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center
Presenters: Lauren Wenzel, NOAA; John Jensen, University of Rhode Island and Sea Education Association
Session summary
Like landscapes, seascapes are large, multiple use areas. Recently, they have been defined more specifically as areas in which government authorities, private organizations and other stakeholders cooperate to conserve the diversity and abundance
of marine life and promote human well-being. Seascapes provide a useful framework for bringing together diverse stakeholders interested in many uses to discuss and plan for ocean areas that can accommodate multiple uses as well as the long
term conservation of ecosystem functions and services over the long-term. Marine protected areas are key element within seascapes for protecting coastal and ocean resources. This session will look at how MPAs can be used within the context of
larger seascapes to achieve these objectives.

Session 45 • Plaza Ballroom E
5651 / Focus Session
Capturing the Multiple Values of Parks, Protected Areas and Cultural Sites
Chair(s): Carena van Riper, PhD Candidate, Texas A&M University
Presenters: Dan Williams, Research Social Scientist, U.S. Forest Service; John Loomis, Professor, Colorado State University; Kai Chan, Professor, University of British Columbia
Session summary
This Focus Session will explore how to put (or not put) a value on natural and other protected area resources. Speakers will discuss various approaches to placing value on these resources including measures of economic impact / welfare analysis and
non-material valuations. Presenters will describe the values that each of these approaches address, the advantages and disadvantages, as well as the associated benefits provided to protected area managers. Following these presentations, the
panel will further explore these concepts with the audience. This session will complement the National Park Service Call to Action item #14 (Value Added) by defining the alternate valuation systems that can be used to illustrate the importance of
parks and protected areas while aligning valuation research with the challenges faced by protected area managers.

Session 46 • Governors Square 17
7030 / Focus Session
The Changing World: Status of the Global Protected Area Network
Chair(s): Ernesto Enkerlin, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
Presenters: Amy Milam, Protected Areas Programme, UNEP-WCMC; Tim Badman, Director, IUCN World Heritage Prorgramme; Lisa Duarte, PAD-US Coordinator, USGS Gap Analysis Program – University of Idaho
Session summary
The Protected Planet Report, published in 2012, reviews progress towards the achievement of the protected area targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Building on the work of the CBD-mandated Biodiversity Indicators Partnership
(BIP), the report includes a set of indicators of protected area coverage, representativeness, effectiveness, management and governance. This presentation will give a high-level overview of the status of the world's protected areas based on the findings
of this report. (Milam)
Natural World Heritage Sites are internationally recognized as the world’s most important natural areas and include well-known conservation names such as the Serengeti, Great Barrier Reef and the Galapagos Islands. IUCN is undertaking Conservation
Outlook Assessments in order to fill the current knowledge-gap on natural World Heritage Sites and provide a global overview of their state of conservation. This presentation will take a look at the current World Heritage Network, preliminary
work toward an assessment of the conservation outlook for Natural World Heritage sites, scheduled for publication in 2014, plus a new global gap analysis of World Heritage sites. (Badman)
Join us to hear about the Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) including recent updates and analyses. We will also discuss data development with PAD-US State Data Stewards, federal partners, the National Conservation Easement
Database (NCED) Team and national NGO’s (e.g. The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land). Finally, we will highlight partnerships with UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC) and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation
(CEC) to ensure protected areas data are locally and globally relevant, along with the challenges of doing so. (Duarte)


Session 69 • Governors Square 17
6731 / Focus Session
Conflict and Confluence: Rethinking Cultural Heritage and Environmental Stewardship
Chair(s): Barrett Kennedy, Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University; Andy Ferrell, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Presenters: Nathalie Gagnon, Senior Analyst/Lead Specialist, Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, Parks Canada; Hugh C. Miller FAIA, Chief Historical Architect, National Park Service (ret.); Director, Virginia Department of Historic Resources (ret.); Richard W.
Sellars, Historian and Author, National Park Service (ret.)
Session summary
This Focus Session provides an opportunity hear from (and interact with) a panel of recognized heritage conservation leaders, who will share their perspectives on the necessity of collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches to preserving our natural
and cultural heritage. Examined through illustrations of the challenges encountered in managing/balancing values associated with wilderness/natural areas and cultural landscapes/historic sites, panelists will address questions such as: What happens
when cultural and natural resource values are inadequately understood and/or appreciated? What happens when resource management policies/regulations conflict? Are there good models, case studies and precedents that can inform better
management practices, planning, and decision processes? Does past experience give us insight into viable stewardship strategies in the face of factors such as climate change, diminishing maintenance/management funding, increasing resource development pressures...?

Session 70 • Plaza Ballroom E
5579 / Focus Session
Connecting People with Nature
Chair(s): Mike Wong
Panelists: Alan Latourelle, CEO, Parks Canada Agency; Luis Fueyo, Comisionado, CONANP (Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas, Mexico); Ernesto Enkerlin-Hoeflich, Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
Session summary
Concerns have been expressed that people are increasingly being disconnected from nature; a situation that calls for urgent action at all levels. Protected areas (PAs) can be used as strategic avenues for connecting people with nature due to the great
range of values and benefits they provide to diverse communities, partners and stakeholders from local to global levels. Besides being cornerstone of biodiversity conservation and sustainable tourism, PAs also protect critical components of the planetary
life support systems that are central to human well-being, including those that enhance food security and human health. Connecting people to PAs in particular, and to nature in general calls for enhanced collaborations with traditional and
non-traditional partners, and finding creative ways of inspiring broad-based awareness, support, and engagement. The panelists will address these issues as well as strategies for establishing guidelines, targets and measurable outcomes for achieving
this goal; and mechanisms to share best practices.