In 1980, ICONA sent me to the XV International Seminar on National Parks and Equivalent Reserves, a prestigious training course for “parkers” organised by the US National Parks Service, Parcs Canada and the University of Michigan. We were a bunch of novice, not so novice, and senior managers from all over the world; 30 countries represented in total. During a totally thrilling month, we were taken from one park to another crossing Canada, Hawaii, and part of mainland United States. It was an incredibly well organised marathon. Park professionals and experts were waiting for us to teach some theory and thereafter challenge us with a study case in situ; each different, each enlightening. And with no rest, a plane or train was waiting to rush to the next park and lesson. Exhausting, but a memorable experience from all points of view. Important: we learned a lot about parks that summer of 1980.
- WHO IS