Introduction

World Urban Parks Asia-Pacific Region is one of four regions intended to enhance member activity with related conferences, seminars, technical tours, working parties, and face to face meetings and networking. The Asia-Pacific Region includes: Asia, S-E Asia, Australasia and the islands of the Pacific Ocean.

 

Asia-Pacific Region Committee

Chairs of Region Committees are elected directors under the WUP Constitution. These are supported by a Co-Chair appointed by the Region Committee. The Committee is organised by an appointed Executive Officer. Initial membership of the Region Committee is invited and these may move to elections at a later date. Those interested in joining the Region Committee should contact the Executive Officer. Persons from countries not represented on the committee are especially encouraged. There may be opportunities for the Committees to meet face to face at a partnered conference, but otherwise the Committee meets 3-4 times per year by web conference.

Table 1. Asia-Pacific Region Committee

Role

Name

Contact

Country

Co-Chair (Elected to Board) Chris Rutherford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. New Zealand
Co-Chair Maria Boey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Singapore
Executive Officer Nic Crous This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Australia
  David Chong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Singapore
  Ryu Ono This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Japan
  Sayuri Minegishi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Japan
  Prof Kamarul Shuib This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Malaysia
  Dr Noor Azlin Yahya This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Malaysia
  Andrew Leslie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. New Zealand
  Pippa Somerville This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. New Zealand
  John Senior This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Australia 
  Ian Shears (Invited) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Australia
  Karen Tambayong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Indonesia

  

Terms of Reference

Click here for the World Urban Parks Region Committee Terms of Reference that outlines the role and powers of the committee.

 

Asia Pacific Region Congress and Events

World Urban Parks Asia-Pacific Region is expected to be one of the stronger regional memberships. Although countries and members have a large geographical spread there will be a number of opportunities to attend programmed events and activities. 

The Asia-Pacific Region Committee has approved the Institute of Park and Recreation Singapore (IPRS) International Greenery, Recreation, Infrastructure, and Parks Conference as the official partnered Asia Pacific Region Congress for 2017.  For 2018 the Committee welcomes conference partnering proposals.

 

World Urban Parks Asia Pacific Region Congress and IPRS International Greenery, Recreation, Infrastructure and Parks Conference, Singapore 17-20 July 2017

 

Open for Registration>>>

 

A World Urban Parks and Institute of Parks and Recreation Singapore partnered congress, this will be held 17-20 July at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.

17 July is a day with master classes, followed by a potential WUP Asia Pacific Region meeting in the afternoon

18 and 19 July are conference and event days. WUP members interested in presenting should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. There are over 40 speakers from 11 countries.

20 July is an all-day technical tour. 

Prices in Singapore Dollars are:

  • $360 Master Class
  • $886 Congress
  • $360 Full day technical tour

Registration, Accommodation, and Full Program are available here on the IPRS website>>>

The primary accommodation is at the venue, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, where special rates have been secured.

 

Marina Bay Sands Hotel with roof park

Gardens by the Bay

 

Sungei Buloh Wetland Park

 

 Past Conferences and Events

In 2015 the Asia Pacific Region supported the Future of Park Management Symposium held at Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Centre, Awaji Island, Hyogo, Japan from Thursday 14 May to Sunday 17 May 2015.

The Future of Park Management

 

The Symposium was part of the 15th anniversary of Awaji Flower Expo and the 25th anniversary of Ifpra Japan (a former national branch of Ifpra, now Japan's national umbrella association for park and recreation related associations, organisations, and professionals). The event keynote lecture was by World Urban Parks director and Vice Chair Neil McCarthy, with panel involvement by World Urban Parks director Professor Yoritaka Tashiro.

Japan has faced a number of challenges since the first flower expo, including population changes (such as an aging society and declining birth rate), a flagging economy, and the Tohoku earthquake.

The main theme of this symposium was “A stage of co-existence for people and nature”. The symposium provided a great opportunity for attendees to think interactively about the future of park management in the appealing and attractive public parks of Awaji Island.

World Urban Parks also supported Parks and Leisure Australia and the New Zealand Recreation Association's 2015 national conferences.

 

The most recent conference by antecedent organisation Ifpra was the Ifpra Asia-Pacific Conference and Malaysia Urban Green Space Conference held in Penang, Malaysia, 24-28 June 2014.