Roger Crofts receives Packard Award

The prestigious Packard Award is made by IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) in recognition of outstanding service to protected areas. The award is named after the individual who served as Secretary to the WCPA in the early 1970s. He established an award in recognition of “valour” which has been used to recognise rangers who lost their lives in defence of wildlife and protected areas, but it is also awarded for exceptional personal or organizational dedication to protected area conservation, far exceeding normal expectations. We are delighted to report that one of 2016’s recipients was Roger Crofts.

Roger Crofts award

Roger is known to many in the UK and elsewhere as the first Chief Executive of Scottish Natural Heritage and once Chair of the WCPA European region. Europe remains one of the most active regional WCPA groups. He was also Chair of the National Committee UK, and of the NGO and IUCN Member, Plantlife, and is a frequent advisor on conservation issues to the government of Iceland, among his very many achievements.

Most recently however, Roger has been active with the NCUK Protected Area Working Group, and instrumental in its ‘Putting Nature on the Map’ project, established to apply the IUCN Protected Area Management Categories to all UK sites. He has a particular interest in the recently established marine protected areas.


One response to “Roger Crofts receives Packard Award”

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    Julia Welchman

    National Parks must be considered within “Protected Areas” The rapid growth of private aviation with , it seems ,free range over National Parks and connected areas of outstanding natural quality, conserved for nature itself and human well being deserves a Tranquillity designation. Where small leisure and training flights drone hour after hour over theses areas much is lost in the sensory quality of the human experience. What can be done to restrict these noisy polluting vehicles flying where they will at all times of the year, especially at weekends and during holiday periods. The impact must be assessed and the loss of amenity measured somehow.
    Take the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park , Snowdonia and the South Downs most recently designated NP. The overflying is almost without restriction , what recourse to NP authorities do Human users of these places have?
    I look forward to your considered reply/

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