April 28: Mexico Monday Hangout

April 28: Mexico Monday Hangout

Upcoming Hangout
April 28, 1030am Mexico City Mexico Monday

On Monday, April 28 please join us for a lively conversation in English, Spanish and a bit of Zapotec as we talk about travel, culture and conservation. We’ll share insights and practical tips from friends who live in Mexico in a candid hangout streamed live via YouTube. Comments and questions are welcome via our Google+ event page.

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USA: National Park Week

Planeta.com celebrates National Park Week April 19-27 with an invitation to readers to contribute tips and suggestions for visiting and protecting the wilderness areas and historical landmarks. Updates will be made throughout the week on the Planeta Wiki.

Among the parks that will be featured this week: EvergladesGrand CanyonLake MeadYosemite and Zion.

Planeta Wiki editors are cordially invited to finesse our online guides so that they include practical visitor tips as well as links to more scholarly reports.

We also invite the public to share photos of parks and protected areas in our World Parks Flickr Group.

Photos and tweets from the national parks are considered for inclusion in our World Parks Flipboard.

Looking ahead on May 1 Planeta.com hosts our Google hangout Parks: Inspiring Solutions which previews the NovemberWorld Parks Congress which will be held in Sydney, Australia. The US parks service is assisting in two of the major streams: Improving Health and Well-Being and Responding to Climate Change.

Questions

Are there volunteer opportunities in state and national parks?
Any tips on paying attention to upcoming events in state and national parks?
Any tips on responsible travel in the parks?
How do parks contribute to the health and well-being of locals and visitors?
Which parks are the most responsive using social web channels?

Go Wild April 19-27 for National Park Week, Hashtag #NationalParkWeek

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Stroll-N-Roll in Henderson

The best things in life are free, family-friendly and generally include bicycles.

Such was the case for the Henderson, Nevada which hosted its Stroll-N-Roll, a spin so the speak on the Ciclovia phenomenon that’s sweeping the globe. Originally founded in Bogota, Colombia, it’s where roads are closed to motorized traffic, allowing the community to enjoy the streets on foot, skates or bicycles.

On Saturday, Henderson transformed the southbound lanes of Paseo Verde Parkway into a pedestrian-friendly zone from 10am-2pm.

The car-free street fair was packed with activities and entertainment zones with free exercise classes, food trucks and children’s games.

Take note. This event is part of a series of community-building excercises from the City of Henderson, which is gearing up to be Southern Nevada’s first Bicycle Friendly Community.  More details on BikeHenderson.org. On Twitter follow .

Stroll-N-Roll @ Henderson 04.2014

Good to see @aildave at today's Stroll-N-Roll in the @cityofhenderson #nevada

Henderson

Henderson

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04.2014

Free! April 2014 Calendar: Spring Mountains #nv150

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Countdown to the World Parks Congress

There are now 200+ days until the start of the 6th IUCN World Parks Congress in SydneyNSW. The dates of the event are November 12-20 2014. For those paying attention, here’s the countdown.

The congress takes place once every ten years and is the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management.

This week CuernavacaMorelos hosts the the 2014 WCPA Steering Committee meeting and we hope to provide live tweeting and some livestreaming coverage from this meeting. Updates will be shared on the Planeta Wiki.

Disclosure: I will be participating at the event as the representative of Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group.

Streams

Here are the official streams of the congress:

Reaching conservation goals
Responding to climate change;
Improving health and well-being;
Supporting human life;
Recognizing development challenges;
Enhancing diversity and quality of governance;
Respecting indigenous and traditional knowledge and culture
Inspiring a new generation



Video streaming by Ustream

Hashtag: #worldparkscongress

#WorldParksCongress is the hashtag for the World Parks Congress @WPCSydney @IUCN @Parks_Australia

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Bolivia’s Hotspot: Conversation with Alex Villca Limaco

Great to talk with Alex Villca Limaco today about biodiversity conservation, indigenous tourism and clothing tips for visitors to Bolivia. Alex and I first met via the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award in 2009-2010 and we met up again at 2012′s COP11 in Hyderabad, India, but most of our communication has been online.

Alex works promoting responsible travel in one of the world’s great biodiversity hotspots, the Madidi National Park. Next week he’s presenting a talk on redes sociales (the social web) at FIT Bolivia. Keep an eye on his Twitter account: @alexvillca

There’s no better way to learn how the social web works than by putting this into practice, which prompted this candid conversation on the first day of spring (northern hemisphere) and first day of fall (southern hemisphere):

Bolivia: Mapa de Areas Protegidas

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Making the most of Open Education Week, March 10-15

Open Education Week, March 10-15 @openeducationwk #oer #openeducationwk

March 10-15 Open Education Week
http://www.openeducationweek.org - @openeducationwk
Hashtag: #openeducationwk

For the past two decades we have seen our colleagues laboring toward the goal of improving public awareness of biodiversity conservation, responsible travel and many other noble aspirations. There are heaps of academic programs for students. Why are we not enjoying the boom years of authentic ecotourism and sustainable development?

My answer is that our leaders have yet to celebrate openness. Meetings are held behind closed doors (or open doors with hefty admission fees). Journal articles are published behind a paywall. And then they complain of the lack of public support for protected areas or endangered species. Mainstream? Not yet!

We are failing to meet the goals of the Aichi biodiversity targets because the Aichi biodiversity targets are not in the common lexicon. The UN and UNEP celebrate World Wildlife Day, but could they provide resources with a Creative Commons license?

Government and NGO training programs work with locals around the world to protect biodiversity, but rarely are the sessions conducted in tandem with the social web. We continue to re-invent the wheel time and time again and wonder why we are standing still.

Open access and open education can change all that. Going beyond the MOOC, open education can motivate greater interactions among participants who are willing to look above the horizon and experiment with information sharing and the read write culture.

Not all is doom and gloom. Some institutions such as UNESCO are leading the way. We need more though.

Responsible travel and ecotourism ought to be at the center of a worldwide revolution to hack our communication and conversations for good. But for us to be effective, we need to learn how to make the most of the movement toward open access and open education.  Open Education Week takes place this week, March 10-15, and this is the ideal time to conduct a simple inventory:

1. Are there examples of open education resources in conservation, parks and protected areas?

2. Are there examples of open education resources in travel and tourism?

You can contribute to the week by sharing information about specific Open Education projects, hosting a local event, promoting the week to your friends or by joining programs underway. There are plenty of events taking place this week.

For those who want a short-term goal beyond this week, let’s brainstorm about this: how do we make the November 2014 World Parks Congress a showcase of open education resources focusing on parks and protected areas?

Definitions

“Open Education is, at its core, about free and open sharing. Free, meaning no cost, and open, which refers to the use of legal tools (open licenses) that give everyone permission to reuse and modify educational resources. Free and open sharing increases access to education and knowledge for anyone, anywhere, anytime. It allows people to make changes to materials or to combine resources in new ways to build something new. Open Education incorporates free and open learning communities, educational networks, teaching and learning materials, open textbooks, open data, open scholarship, open source educational tools and on and on. Open Education gives people access to knowledge, provides platforms for sharing, enables innovation, and connects communities of learners and educators around the world.” - Open Education Week

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