Salzburg Global Helps Co-Create Pathway to Recovery: Wellbeing and Resilience Publication

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Sep 08, 2020
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Salzburg Global Helps Co-Create Pathway to Recovery: Wellbeing and Resilience Publication

Salzburg Global Fellows, and staff, contribute to COVID-19 resource document for practitioners from parks and recreation, planning, and public health Photo (right) by Robert Ritchie on Unsplash

Salzburg Global Seminar is delighted to help launch a new publication featuring resources, insights, and community perspectives to help multiple stakeholders respond to COVID-19.

Pathways to Recovery: Wellbeing and Resilience is a live document, available in both English and Spanish, which aims to help better connect park agencies, community organizations, individuals, cities, and park conservancies.

The document, devised and spearheaded by World Urban Parks, features seven key principles and partnerships cities should consider and incorporate as they approach a post-COVID-19 recovery.

The principles include parks as key health indicators; well-being indicators – “healthy cities”; sustainable development goals; partnerships; understanding changed community use and perceptions in response to COVID-19; design as critical health, and building a better future.

Salzburg Global is one of nine partners who have collaborated on the publication as members of the COVID-19 International Parks Expert Panel.

In addition to Salzburg Global and World Urban Parks, other partners on the panel include Cities With Nature, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the National Park City Foundation, IUCN, the Commission on Education and Communication, #NatureForAll, and the National Recreation and Park Association

Clare Shine, vice president and chief program officer at Salzburg Global, and Dominic Regester, the program director responsible for Salzburg Global’s Parks for the Planet Forum multi-year series, were involved in the publication’s formulation.

Other contributors include Salzburg Global Fellows Jayne Miller, Kobie Brand, Alison Barnes, Karen Keenleyside, Kathy MacKinnon, Russell Galt, Timothy Blatch, and Ingrid Coetzee.

Miller, chair of World Urban Parks Board, said, “In sharing this guide, we hope that you will use it to strengthen your community’s synergies between public health, nature conservation, and climate change adaptation to make the world a better place focused on equity, well-being, nature conservation, climate change adaptation, and health priorities through long term urban policy and planning decisions and implementation.

“This global pandemic event does bring us back to a key question, ‘Are we providing the leadership, legacy, evidence that enables us to design resilient urban environments to manage the impacts and the future?’

“You are not alone, and World Urban Parks, our partners, members, and supporters are here to support you. We look forward to our continuing work to help build a better future for all – to Build Back Better.” 

Pathways to Recovery: Wellbeing and Resilience is a live document and will continue to be updated. Read the latest version in English or Spanish.