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Karen Keenleyside (Canada)

Karen Keenleyside


Co-Chair, IUCN #NatureForAll and Vice Chair for People and Parks, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.  My organization affiliation is Parks Canada


Speaker Profile


Karen Keenleyside is Vice Chair for People and Parks with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN’s) World Commission on Protected Areas. She is also Co-chair of the IUCN's #NatureForAll initiative and Senior Advisor for #NatureForAll, Parks Canada.

An ecologist by training, Karen bridges natural and social-scientific disciplines to identify solutions for building constituencies of support for conservation and protected areas into the future. During her career, which has included time in the private sector and government, Karen has developed knowledge-based strategic guidance on issues such as environmental management, ecological restoration, climate change, and connecting people with nature.


Abstract Title

 #NatureForAll: A global movement to inspire love of nature



Whether in cities or national parks, spending time in nature benefits people in diverse ways, including fostering social connections, encouraging community cohesion and social well-being, and promoting physical and mental health.  It can also create a sense of connectedness with nature that leads us to appreciate and care for the earth’s natural wonders and the thriving ecosystems that support human and other forms of life.

Learn about and engage with #NatureForAll, a global movement of over 280 partner organisations that is creating a future in which all people - wherever they live, learn, work, or play - experience and connect with nature, benefit from all it has to offer, and love and care for the earth.