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Half the Park is After Dark - Creating Dark Sky Parks

Speaker Name


Paul Wilson, Xyst Ltd (NZ)


Speaker Profile


Paul has 30 years experience in all facets of parks and recreation management.  As an award winning lighting designer he provides lighting design and dark sky policy advice to businesses and communities.

He is the past Chairperson of IPPRA (Asia Pacific) and has served on many industry bodies.Paul is a Certified International Parks Professional (World Urban Parks)


Abstract title


Half the Park is After Dark  - creating dark sky parks for health, environmental and astro-tourism benefits




The world is becoming a brighter place with light pollution affecting our health, biodiversity and wellbeing.  Parks can take a leading role within communities to reclaim the night sky and provide opportunities for urban dwellers to reconnect with the night sky.

The presentation will identify light pollution sources, provide tools to assess the extent of light pollution and how to manage it within parks and communities and outline the process to obtain International recognition for dark sky parks and communities. Examples of the environmental

and economic benefits of dark sky parks and communities from around the world will be used.

Earlier Event: October 15
Human Health Impacts
Later Event: October 15
Improving People's Health and Wellbeing