WCPA Young Professionals (YP) Group
Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress, Australia, 2010

WCPA YPs are full members of the Commission, who are 35 or under. They have been engaged in practical work in the protected area field for at least 3 years and have demonstrated the ability and desire to be involved in protected area activities at the global level. For more information, visit our IUCN webpage.

Our Vision, Mission, and Goal

  • Our vision is a community of protected area leaders of different generations, geographies, and genders learning and working together within and through IUCN.
  • Our mission is to foster intergenerational partnership between established and emerging protected area leaders to contribute in meaningful ways to the work of WCPA and the broader IUCN.
  • Our goal for 2013 – 2016 is to increase proactive and meaningful participation of emerging protected area leaders in the work of WCPA.


November 2014

Our Pact for Parks, People and Planet

This video, created by young people at the WPC, conveys the spirit of "Our Pact for Parks, People and Planet" supported by No Walls, Young Peoples Media Coalition, Conservamos por Naturaleza, Coalition Wild, IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability and IUCN WCPA Young Professionals. Read and sign the Pact!

This IUCN WCPA Young Professionals website provides a global mapping of projects, organizations and people related to Pact commitments. Join the platform to add your own projects!

January 2014
WCPA Young Professionals, in collaboration with IUCN IPS, CEC and Parks Canada are currently involved in the "Inspiring a New Generation" Stream of the World Parks Congress, 2014. A Young People's Alliance for preparations and meaningful participation of young people in the World Parks Congress, 2014 is being forged. See a summary of ongoing projects of young people here:

See more on our WPC-dedicated Wikispace page and at the official WPC website.

January 2014
Logo Design Competition
Entries Open 20th Jan 2014
Close 16th March 2014
You must be 35 or under to enter

Dear friends,
The Young Professionals (YP) Group of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is inviting young creative artists from all over the world to help design its logo!

We are looking for a bold, creative design that will be inspired by the theme "Young Peoples for Parks, People and Planet" and will be used internationally on our letterheads, reports, events and website giving your work unlimited visibility!

The Young Professionals Group of the IUCN WCPA is a voluntary group and a collective forum of like-minded young peoples associated with protected areas and conservation. Our Mission is to foster intergenerational partnerships between established and emerging young Protected Area leaders and professionals to contribute in meaningful ways to the work of WCPA and broader IUCN in valuing and conserving biodiversity, governing nature’s use and sharing its benefits equitably, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges.

Help us to represent our values in our logo!

The logo will be officially launched at The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney in front of around 3,000 people from over 160 countries. We are also considering a nominal monetary incentive for the most creative and inspiring design.

Send your original design, details (name, birthdate, short bio), description of the logo and what inspired you to create it to mariasole.bianco@worldrise.org

We look forward to receiving your contributions!

Elaine Hsiao & Sudeep JanaCo-Vice Chairs, WCPA Young Professionals Group https://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/gpap_home/gpap_wcpa/

February 2013
The WCPA Young Professionals Group holds its first online meeting to discuss its Strategic Plan and Actions for the new quadrennium (2013-2016). To join the WCPA-YP Group and participate, please submit a Membership Application Form and 2-page CV to Elaine Hsiao (citizenof1world@gmail.com) and Sudeep Jana (janasudeep@gmail.com).

January 2013
WCPA appoints young professionals Elaine Hsiao and Sudeep Jana to its Steering Committee! Congrats Elaine and Sudeep!

November 2012
The WCPA is seeking a young professional to leader the group of young professionals in WCPA. See more details about this position below and apply by 30th November 2012.

September 2012
First young woman, Elisângela Sales Dos Santos of Brazil, won the 2012 Young Conservationist Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the training of indigenous and non-indigenous park guards, and for her role in increasing the recognition of these professions in her country. Read the full story.

March 2011
Héctor Antonio Caymaris Zanelli received the 2011 Young Conservationist Award for dramatically reversing species decline and increasing community support in the Protected Area of Laguna de Rocha, which is part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Uruguay. Read the full story.

January 2011
The WCPA Young Professionals Group published their fourth newsletter in January, with reporting from the final months of 2010 and contributions from CEC and CEL members. Read more here:

July 2010
Recent WCPA Steering Committee meeting in Canada discussed Young Professionals involvement and priorities for the YP Group. The work, done by the Group, was well appreciated. Brief notes, capturing main messages from the meeting, by Svetlana Kopylova.

June 2010
WCPA's Young Professionals Groups released its third newsletter, packed with conservation news and opportunities.

May 2010
For an overview of activities of the WCPA YP Group over the past year, please see the full report, here:

April 2010
A young professionals workshop was held at the recent Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress in Melbourne, Australia. You can read the full report from the workshop organizer, WCPA YP Group Deputy Chair for Oceania, Rebecca Koss (in above photo with Nik Lopoukhine, WCPA Chair):


Sudeep Jana janasudeep@gmail.com
Elaine Hsiao citizenof1world@gmail.com
Co-Chairs, WCPA Young Professionals
Members, IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability