World Parks Congress field trips are winning

The partnership is helping protect the eastern barred bandicoot | Image credit Yvette Pauligk

The field trip also generates revenue to fund ongoing conservation initiatives

Great news for World Parks Congress, and our park friends in Victoria – Conservation Volunteers Australia and Parks Victoria’s suite of eight eco-voluntourism packages has been nominated as a finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards (tourism category).

This includes the eastern barred bandicoot field trip that will be presented as part of the World Parks Congress. The bandicoot is considered to be extinct in the wild and now depends entirely on captive breeding programs for its survival. The field trip allows hands-on scientific monitoring of the shy creatures - checking traps, recording data on the local populations and patrolling the fence line for breaches that could let in cats, dogs, foxes and rabbits at the 300 ha enclosure at Woodlands Historic Park.

The small group will work alongside all the partners who have made the project such a success, while exploring some of Victoria’s most spectacular natural areas. Field trip bookings close on 30 September so get in now to secure your place!

Remember, you don’t need to have registered at Congress to go on a field trip. Full details of field trips can be found here.

Tanya, Parks Australia

_ T_he IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is a global forum on protected areas, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the coming decade. It will be held at Sydney Olympic Park, Australia from 12-19 November 2014.__