USNPS International Affairs

USNPS International Affairs The National Park Service International Program promotes and facilitates collaboration in preserving and understanding natural and cultural heritage throughout the world.

The 'national park idea,' spawned and nurtured with the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, has contributed to the creation of over 1,200 national parks and equivalent reserves worldwide. They have been referred to as 'Yellowstone's children.' It is not surprising then that many nations turn to the U.S. for advice and assistance on park planning and management and that park staff from a

The 'national park idea,' spawned and nurtured with the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, has contributed to the creation of over 1,200 national parks and equivalent reserves worldwide. They have been referred to as 'Yellowstone's children.' It is not surprising then that many nations turn to the U.S. for advice and assistance on park planning and management and that park staff from a

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NPSOIA continues to support the USAID/USDOI-ITAP National Parks and Eco-Tourism Program, and our USDOI-ITAP colleague an...
09/28/2021

NPSOIA continues to support the USAID/USDOI-ITAP National Parks and Eco-Tourism Program, and our USDOI-ITAP colleague and in-country coordinator, Paata Shanshiashvili, who delivered a training course on Fundamentals of Protected Areas Integrated Governance and Management to representatives of the #GeorgiaNationalTourismAdministration and five Destination Management Organizations. Successful participants of the 7-module course were awarded certificates at a ceremony in the Historic #unescoworldheritagesite of Mtskheta, the gateway to #TbilisiNationalPark. Only fully vaccinated participants attended the in-person event.

NPSOIA continues to support the USAID/USDOI-ITAP National Parks and Eco-Tourism Program, and our USDOI-ITAP colleague and in-country coordinator, Paata Shanshiashvili, who delivered a training course on Fundamentals of Protected Areas Integrated Governance and Management to representatives of the #GeorgiaNationalTourismAdministration and five Destination Management Organizations. Successful participants of the 7-module course were awarded certificates at a ceremony in the Historic #unescoworldheritagesite of Mtskheta, the gateway to #TbilisiNationalPark. Only fully vaccinated participants attended the in-person event.

Our very own Phyllis Ellin attended the dedication of a plaque recognizing the #FrankLloydWright-designed #UnityTemple a...
09/27/2021

Our very own Phyllis Ellin attended the dedication of a plaque recognizing the #FrankLloydWright-designed #UnityTemple as a #WorldHeritageSite over the weekend. Phyllis and NPSOIA worked closely with #UnityTempleRestorationFoundation staff on the nomination and designation process.

Our very own Phyllis Ellin attended the dedication of a plaque recognizing the #FrankLloydWright-designed #UnityTemple as a #WorldHeritageSite over the weekend. Phyllis and NPSOIA worked closely with #UnityTempleRestorationFoundation staff on the nomination and designation process.

There's a lot of attention lately to the need for 'sustainable tourism,' especially trenchant when #yellowstonenationalp...
09/24/2021
Overtourism in the COP26 era: Should travel be only for the rich?

There's a lot of attention lately to the need for 'sustainable tourism,' especially trenchant when #yellowstonenationalpark hosted one million visitors for the first time - in one month - this summer - https://www.railway-technology.com/features/overtourism-and-sustainability-in-the-post-covid-cop26-era-should-travel-be-only-for-the-rich/

The world may be ever so slowly reopening after Covid, but the familiar scourge of overtourism is back to haunt the travel sector.

DOI International Technical Assistance Program and our office are hosting today a presentation by former U.S. National P...
09/23/2021

DOI International Technical Assistance Program and our office are hosting today a presentation by former U.S. National Park Service Director Jonathon Jarvis on sustainable park financing, as part of the #USAIDGeorgia National Parks and Ecotourism program. Representatives from various Georgian Governmental, NGO and DMO entities are participating.

NPS is following restoration efforts at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris closely after our participation in a truss buildin...
09/21/2021
Stabilized Notre-Dame Cathedral Is on Track for 2024 Reopening, Officials Say

NPS is following restoration efforts at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris closely after our participation in a truss building project earlier this summer - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/18/world/europe/notre-dame-cathedral-restoration.html?smid=url-share

The restoration effort is seeking to meet President Emmanuel Macron’s ambitious plan to reopen the cathedral five years after it was ravaged by a fire — just in time for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

This morning, NPSOIA participated in the U.S.-Pakistan Climate and Environment Working Group meeting convened by the #US...
09/20/2021

This morning, NPSOIA participated in the U.S.-Pakistan Climate and Environment Working Group meeting convened by the #USEmbassyIslamabad to hear about Pakistan's ambitions to expand its protected area system and discuss how the #usnps can share its lessons learned. Pakistani Climate Minister Malik Amin Aslam gave opening remarks to the Working Group.

This morning, NPSOIA participated in the U.S.-Pakistan Climate and Environment Working Group meeting convened by the #USEmbassyIslamabad to hear about Pakistan's ambitions to expand its protected area system and discuss how the #usnps can share its lessons learned. Pakistani Climate Minister Malik Amin Aslam gave opening remarks to the Working Group.

More coverage of this week's meetings about the effort to put forward a serial World Heritage nomination of Moravian Bet...
09/17/2021
Bethlehem’s effort to become a World Heritage site moves another step closer to reality: ‘It’s going to put us on the map’

More coverage of this week's meetings about the effort to put forward a serial World Heritage nomination of Moravian Bethlehem sites, including those in the U.S. - https://www.mcall.com/news/local/bethlehem/mc-nws-bethlehem-world-heritage-status-update-20210915-g6m4m7izfzaznm522qgd7sdjau-story.html

Bethlehem officials marked another step Wednesday in their effort to achieve world heritage designation for a major part of the city.

Analysis and interesting perspective of the recent World Heritage Committee meetings by the DC-based thinktank, CSIS | C...
09/16/2021
How Does Civil Society Protect World Heritage in a World Facing Growing Authoritarianism?

Analysis and interesting perspective of the recent World Heritage Committee meetings by the DC-based thinktank, CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies - https://www.csis.org/analysis/how-does-civil-society-protect-world-heritage-world-facing-growing-authoritarianism

UNESCO’s 44th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) came together for its annual meeting in the last two weeks of July. Having been canceled last year because of Covid-19, the conference was extended from the usual 10 to 14 days. The ongoing pandemic, however, required that only a small re...

Two staff from our office are in Bethlehem, PA this week for meetings with local and global officials working on a seria...
09/15/2021

Two staff from our office are in Bethlehem, PA this week for meetings with local and global officials working on a serial #worldheritagesites nomination for Historic Moravian Sites - https://historicbethlehem.org/historic-moravian-bethlehem-a-world-heritage-site/

Two staff from our office are in Bethlehem, PA this week for meetings with local and global officials working on a serial #worldheritagesites nomination for Historic Moravian Sites - https://historicbethlehem.org/historic-moravian-bethlehem-a-world-heritage-site/

Volunteers are the backbone of any successful national park system, here in the U.S. as in the U.K. - https://www.nation...
09/14/2021
How people-powered conservation is helping to revive the UK's national parks

Volunteers are the backbone of any successful national park system, here in the U.S. as in the U.K. - https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2021/09/how-people-powered-conservation-is-helping-to-revive-the-uks-national-parks

Seventy years since the UK’s first national parks were created, they’re receiving more visitors than ever. But with rising tourist footfall and declining biodiversity, hands-on help to preserve our parks is vital.

The City of #SanAntonio just completed a week+ #worldheritagesa festival to celebrate the 6th anniversary of its designa...
09/13/2021
World Heritage Festival > HOME

The City of #SanAntonio just completed a week+ #worldheritagesa festival to celebrate the 6th anniversary of its designation as a #UNESCOWorldHeritage Site - https://worldheritagefestival.org

Join the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office for the 6th Annual World Heritage Festival, September 8-12, 2021! The World Heritage Festival is an annual collaborative event to celebrate and promote the San Antonio Missions, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and raise funds to preserve, promote, and...

We are tracking the World Conservation #IUCNcongress occuring this week and welcome new #IUCN leadership - https://www.i...
09/08/2021
IUCN Members elect new leadership

We are tracking the World Conservation #IUCNcongress occuring this week and welcome new #IUCN leadership - https://www.iucncongress2020.org/newsroom/all-news/iucn-members-elect-new-leadership

Today, 8 September 2021, Members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) elected Razan Al Mubarak as the new IUCN President at the ongoing World Conservation Congress in Marseille. IUCN Members also elected the Treasurer, Commission Chairs and Regional Councillors across eight g...

Our partners in the city of #sanantoniotx will host their 6th annual #WorldHeritageFestival next week, featuring our #sa...
09/03/2021
City of San Antonio announces 2021 World Heritage Festival events

Our partners in the city of #sanantoniotx will host their 6th annual #WorldHeritageFestival next week, featuring our #sanantoniomissions National Historical Park, the only #worldheritagesites in Texas - https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2021/08/27/watch-live-city-of-san-antonio-announce-2021-world-heritage-festival-events/

The City of San Antonio and its partners on Friday will announce events for the 2021 World Heritage Festival.

#biebrzanationalpark in #poland has a partnership with Zubr ('bison') beer company to raise funds to buy land for furthe...
09/02/2021
The Żubr beer brand helps buy land for Biebrza National Park in Poland to protect endangered species

#biebrzanationalpark in #poland has a partnership with Zubr ('bison') beer company to raise funds to buy land for further endangered species conservation -
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-ubr-beer-brand-helps-buy-land-for-biebrza-national-park-in-poland-to-protect-endangered-species-301362433.html

/PRNewswire/ -- Poland's largest national park, the Biebrza National Park is a natural treasure on the map of Europe and one of the last valleys in Europe not...

As the global pandemic continues to impact visitation to protected areas, the vaccination policies of sites are becoming...
09/01/2021
Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Travelers Are Going to Different Sets of Caribbean Islands

As the global pandemic continues to impact visitation to protected areas, the vaccination policies of sites are becoming important - https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/vaccinated-and-unvaccinated-travelers-are-going-to-different-sets-of-caribbean-islands/2788029/?fbclid=IwAR0eCPQo6Oq3riU_IdgdHpXQ9oA3LxRjDq3ijlRdR4SbbTHOc8o1KjBiztA

Unvaccinated travelers are gravitating to Caribbean islands that will let them in, while the vaccinated want places that keep the unimmunized out.

The Superintendent of #baikalnaturereserve was recently in town and shared these souvenirs and tourist map from his park...
08/31/2021

The Superintendent of #baikalnaturereserve was recently in town and shared these souvenirs and tourist map from his park. Chocolate is the new hiking pin... : )

The Superintendent of #baikalnaturereserve was recently in town and shared these souvenirs and tourist map from his park. Chocolate is the new hiking pin... : )

As conditions at #worldheritagesites like the Philippine's rice terraces change, there are alternatives to those who dep...
08/30/2021
Sustainable livelihood offers a lifeline to Philippines’ dying rice terraces

As conditions at #worldheritagesites like the Philippine's rice terraces change, there are alternatives to those who depend upon them for their livelihood - https://news.mongabay.com/2021/08/sustainable-livelihood-offers-a-lifeline-to-philippines-dying-rice-terraces/

IFUGAO, Philippines — Aided by a pair of glasses and a traditional short, curved dagger, 69-year-old farmer Rosita Gano harvests rice grains, one stalk after another, using only one hand, a passed-on skill she has mastered through decades of practice. The harvest from the cluster of rice terraces ...

On our 105th birthday as a federal government agency protecting America's national parks, here's a reminder that our par...
08/25/2021
Texas's Big Bend Could Soon Be the Largest Dark Sky Reserve in the World

On our 105th birthday as a federal government agency protecting America's national parks, here's a reminder that our parks also have an international aspect - https://www.cntraveler.com/story/texass-big-bend-could-soon-be-the-largest-dark-sky-reserve-in-the-world

Should the region’s International Dark Sky Reserve application be approved, at over 9.8 million square acres, it would be nearly larger than the existing 18 international reserves combined.

An article postulates that "The architecture of national parks around the world – pioneered in a way by the ‘rustic’ arc...
08/23/2021
National Parks: An Architectural Journey

An article postulates that "The architecture of national parks around the world – pioneered in a way by the ‘rustic’ architecture of American National Parks, provides an interesting framework to help us understand the age-old question of building in harmony with the natural world. " https://www.archdaily.com/966832/national-parks-an-architectural-journey

The architecture of national parks around the world, with a focus on the national parks of the US and how the priority is to blend in with the environment.

The world's first international, transboundary #peacepark, America's and Canada's #Glacier-#WatertonLakes National Parks...
08/17/2021
The US and Canada have a new dark sky park for stargazers to enjoy

The world's first international, transboundary #peacepark, America's and Canada's #Glacier-#WatertonLakes National Parks, which also shares a joint designation as a #worldheritagesite, has now been recognized as an #InternationalDarkSky park! - https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/dark-sky-waterton-glacier-international-peace-park-trnd/index.html

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is now certified as an International Dark Sky Park, after meeting lighting requirements set by the International Dark Sky Association.

Another NPS unit has been recognized as an International Dark Sky Park for its night skies - https://www.nbc11news.com/2...
08/12/2021
Curecanti National Recreation Area certified as an International Dark Sky Park

Another NPS unit has been recognized as an International Dark Sky Park for its night skies - https://www.nbc11news.com/2021/08/05/curecanti-national-recreation-area-certified-an-international-dark-sky-park/

Curecanti National Recreation Area has been certified as an International Dark Sky Park, by the National Park Service and the International Dark Sky Association. This certification recognizes the exceptional quality of Curecanti’s night skies and the opportunities to enhance visitor experiences th...

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The National Park concept has been described as "America's best idea." Many countries around the world look to the United States as a leader in park and protected area management. At the same time, the National Park Service often learns about innovative practices from other countries' park agencies. In addition, international cooperation is required to preserve numerous species of migratory wildlife that spend only a part of their lives within the boundaries of U.S. national parks, and likewise to help protect park resources from threats that may originate from outside park (and U.S.) borders -- air and water pollution and invasive species, for example. For these reasons, the National Park Service has an Office of International Affairs that for over 50 years has worked to facilitate cooperation between the U.S. National Park Service and counterpart agencies around the globe. The Office of International Affairs provides the overall framework for the Service’s international programs and coordinates the fulfillment of the Service’s mandates, obligations, and responsibilities for international activities. It collaborates and coordinates with the Service’s partners for international programs on major global conservation issues. OIA evaluates requests for assistance to maximize the impact and effectiveness of the Service’s limited resources. Finally, OIA enhances the Service’s ability to accomplish its domestic mission through increased experience and professional growth of its employees derived from their participation in international programs.

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