Trekker at Pyhätunturi fell national park, Finnish Lapland. Photo Timo Ratinen, Environmental Administration's Image Bank.
The IUCN World Parks Congress, organised in Sydney, Australia between 12 and 19 November, brings together over 6,000 protected area management specialists and scientists. Held every 10 years, the event is the most important of its kind in the world and the previous WPC of Durban, South Africa in 2003 resulted in the setting up of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas. The WPC Team Finland includes altogether 20 people from the Ministry of the Environment, Finnish Environment Institute, Parks & Wildlife Finland and the youth council of the Saami Parliament as well as researchers from the University of Helsinki.