Consultation Text

This is the wording for the consultation on the Universal Charter for National Park Cities. You can use this page to consider your answers before responding via the form which is linked from the main consultation page.


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  • as a group
  • on behalf of an organisation
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About the Universal Charter

The Universal Charter for National Park Cities will be accessible via a website.

Some elements will be fixed; others will be flexible so that people can adapt it to their own lives, places and cities. Its primary purpose will be to inspire and guide people. It will be supplemented by necessary supportive documents.

It will include a vision and definition as well as goals, values and characteristics of all National Park Cities. It may also include a section for people and organisations to share what actions they are taking to make progress on these goals.

While we are consulting on a Universal Charter for National Park Cities, we imagine that future National Park Cities will have their own city-specific charters too.

The following sections ask you questions about these different elements of the Charter.

Vision

Please read this draft vision for a National Park City.

This will likely be applicable to all National Park Cities, and is at the heart of the Universal Charter.

Vision: Let’s make more cities National Park Cities. Cities where people and nature are better connected. Cities that are rich with wildlife, where every child and young person benefits from exploring, playing and learning outdoors. Cities where we all enjoy high-quality green spaces, the air is clean to breathe, it’s a pleasure to swim in their rivers and we all live lives that are more harmonious with ourselves, our communities and our planet. Together we can make cities greener, healthier, wilder and fairer place to live.

To what extent do you agree with this vision? Scale 1-5 What, if anything, would you change or add?

Definition

Please read this draft definition for a National Park City.

This will likely be applicable to all National Park Cities, and is at the heart of the Universal Charter.

Definition: A National Park City is a place, a vision and a community. It is a city that is cared for through both formal and informal means to enhance its living landscape. A defining feature is the widespread and significant commitment of residents, visitors and decision-makers to act so people, culture and natural processes provide a foundation for better life.

To what extent do you agree with this definition? Scale 1-5 What, if anything, would you change or add?

Goals

Each future National Park City will have its own goals.

For our Universal Charter, we want to find some accessible and globally relevant goals that make clear what National Park Cities are collectively working to achieve. We think it’s important that the language around these goals is easy to understand, so that anyone can see what we are doing and how they can contribute.

National Park Cities can then use these to plan, set targets, and measure progress In the Universal Charter, the primary purpose of the goals is to offer clarity, consistency, inspiration and direction.

Which of these goals do you think should be universal priorities for National Park Cities?

Mark yes, maybe or no

We are working together for more and better:

  • wildlife (abundance and diversity)
  • clean air
  • healthy rivers
  • trees and urban forestry
  • quality greenspace (parks, gardens, greenroofs)
  • public space
  • positive relationships with nature
  • green consumer choices
  • outdoor learning
  • outdoor play
  • outdoor sports and recreation
  • outdoor art/culture
  • intergenerational and intercultural sharing
  • physical activity for enjoyment
  • active transport (walking, cycling, running)
  • working together as communities
  • groups and organisations working in partnership
  • growing and sharing of food
  • space protected for nature
  • efforts to reduce contributions to climate change
  • greener business activities
  • green design in buildings
  • green volunteering
  • green investment
  • resilience to hazards and emergencies
  • recognition of traditional knowledge
  • outdoor and green education and skills
  • progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • understanding and engagement with the National Park City

Further to this list:

  • What, if anything, is missing from this list?
  • What goals would you add that are specific to your city or country?
  • Overall, to what extent do you agree with these goals? Scale 1-5
  • We want children to be able to understand our aims and how they can get involved. Do you like our approach of simply stating that we want “more and better” of these different things?
  • Do you have any comments, suggestions or or ideas?

The Universal Charter will include a set of values that guide the approach of all National Park Cities. These values will foster shared sense of identity and mutual support, while allowing for local interpretation.

Which of these values do you think is most important to have in a Universal Charter that applies to all National Park Cities? Which do you like the most? Click as many as you would like.

  • Balanced
  • Caring
  • Curious
  • Creative
  • Critical
  • Connected
  • Fair
  • Harmonious
  • Inspiring
  • Inclusive
  • Inviting

What other values should we consider?

Characteristics

National Park Cities will share key characteristics, but what should these characteristics be?

Becoming a National Park City is not an award. It is the beginning of a journey to improve life in the city. Some cities that look green from space will not embody the spirit of National Park Cities. Others that look quite grey from space but have the right characteristics could make outstanding National Park Cities.

Cities that feature all of these characteristics may choose to confirm themselves as a National Park City. This would be done in collaboration with the National Park City Foundation and World Urban Parks, with a range of participants and representatives to signing an official confirmation document. Confirmed cities would be encouraged to join a network of peer-reviewed network National Park Cities.

Which of these 10 characteristics of National Park Cities do you agree with?

A National Park City:

  1. is inspired and guided by the Universal Charter for National Park Cities
  2. is a large citywide landscape
  3. is a place, a vision and a community that aims to be greener, healthier and wilder
  4. should include a wide range of places, projects and initiatives that its residents would be proud to show other residents and both national and international visitors
  5. has an active civic society and an appetite, energy and mood in the city with the potential to deliver key aspects of the National Park City
  6. can demonstrate the majority of people in the city support the aims of the National Park City
  7. has healthy support from city government and local politicians
  8. establishes a robust, collaborative and healthy network of cross-sector organisations to implement actions to make the National Park City a success
  9. implements meaningful policies to protect, increase and enhance nature, culture, heritage, the environment and public space in the city
  10. has identified, is committed to and is progressing toward its own National Park City goals, informed by the Universal Charter
  • Do you support this approach? Yes/Maybe/No
  • What do you think of this approach?
  • What, if any, characteristics are missing? Would you change anything about them?
  • Name a city you think would make a good National Park City.
  • How many of these 10 characteristics do you think it meets?

Calls to action

The Universal Charter may include suggested “calls to action”. These would be things that people could do that would improve life in cities and beyond.

What three things would you like people in cities to do more of?

  • Action 1:
  • Action 2:
  • Action 3:

Do you have an additional ideas or comments?

Please complete these sentences…

  • A National Park City is a place where…
  • A National Park City is a vision to…
  • A National Park City is a community that…

Your understanding of National Park Cities

On a scale of 1-5:

  • How well do you feel you understand the National Park City idea?
  • To what degree do you support the idea of National Park Cities?
  • Overall, to what degree do you support what you’ve read in this consultation?

Final questions

Would you or your organisation potentially be interested to support the first draft of the Charter in some way?

  • Yes, I would be personally interested
  • Yes, my group or organisation would be interested
  • No thank you

Would you be interested to organise a workshop or forum on the Universal Charterer with a wider audience? Anyone is welcome to organise and lead one of these. You would feedback by filling in another form like this one.

  • Yes, I would be personally interested
  • Yes, my group or organisation would be interested
  • No thank you

Would you (or your organisation) be interested to join the International National Park Cities Network?

  • Yes, I would be personally interested
  • Yes, my group or organisation would be interested
  • No thank you

Do you have any further comments or ideas on National Park Cities that you would like to share?


This is the wording for the consultation on the Universal Charter for National Park Cities. You can use this page to consider your answers before responding via the form which is linked from the main consultation page.

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