The Institute of Environment and Recreation Management & World Urban Parks annual congress

The Institute of Environment and Recreation Management together with World Urban Parks will be hosting its annual Congress from Monday 26 September 2016 to Wednesday, 28 September 2016 in the City of Cape Town. This year’s convention will be co-hosted by the University of South Africa (UNISA).

We invite all parties who may be interested in presenting papers or case studies at the convention to submit an abstract of no more than 200 words to the IERM Secretariat by Friday, 20 May 2016. The forms should be submitted to Charlene Wightman ( and can be downloaded here.


1.       Parks and Green Space

  •  Life, quality and sustainability in Cities
  •  Importance of open and green spaces
  • Urban open and green spaces systems
  •  Application of technology in the planning of open and green spaces
  •  Environmental values/benefit
  •  Heritage values/benefit
  •  Economic values/benefit
  •  Social values/benefit
  •  Community values/benefit
  •  Educational values/benefit
  •  People’s Health well-being values/benefit
  •  Cultural values/benefit
  •  Research

2.       Landscaping and Urban Horticulture

  •  Urban horticulture
  •  Urban agriculture
  •  Landscape planning, design and restoration
  •  Landscape ecology
  •  Bioclimatic design of open spaces
  •  Green corridors
  •  Ecological engineering
  •  Air pollution mitigation with plants
  •  Water management for urban green spaces
  •  Green technologies
  •  Green roofs
  •  Living walls
  •  Tree management
  •  Turfgrass science and management
  •  Sustainability of urban landscape and horticulture
  •  Community gardens
  •  Social aspects of urban green space
  •  Economic aspects of urban green space
  •  Street art
  •  Legislative aspects of urban green space

3.       Urban Greening and Urban Forestry

  •  Urban green infrastructure and urban sustainability
  •  Urban forest ecology and biodiversity
  •  Urban forest planning, development and management
  •  Urban forest strategies and policies
  •  Assessment of the urban forest
  •  Modelling urban trees and climate
  •  Environmental Impact and urban trees
  •  Community engagement and perspective on trees

4.       Application of Green Infrastructure

  •  Noise mitigation
  •  Storm water management
  •  Air quality management
  •  Biodiversity
  •  Recreation
  •  Social interaction
  •  Climate change
  •  Heating/Cooling
  •  Urban energy generation

5.       Biodiversity and Urban Nature Conservation

  •  Urban Conservation and Biodiversity
  •  Green belts and biodiversity corridors
  •  Concepts, methods and tools in investigating ecosystem services and nature-based solutions in urban areas
  •  Methods and tools in investigating urban ecosystems and nature-based-solutions – new approaches
  •  Analysis of urban ecosystem services and urban land management
  •  Socio-ecological systems and urban biodiversity conservation
  •  Urban green infrastructure
  •  Climate Change – effects and mitigation of climate change
  •  Bringing nature back to the City
  •  Environmental Education and Awareness
  •  Legislation
  •  Research
  •  Application of technology

6.       Recreation

  •  Meeting peoples recreational needs
  •  Stakeholder and visitor satisfaction
  •  The benefits of a healthy community
  •  Planning and designing for increased community activity
  •  Getting the aged / the youth / parents and families active
  •  Open spaces and increased community activity
  •  Measuring increased activity
  •  Using nature to get more people active
  •  Active recreation in action
  •  Measuring recreation participation levels and trends
  •  Recreation research; community surveys and needs assessments – how to do
  •  Visitor management
  •  Research
  •  Events management
  •  Legislation

7.       Urban Ecotourism and maximizing community benefits through tourism

  •  Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE)
  •  Mega events
  •  Cultural and heritage tourism
  •  Urban nature-based tourism, game viewing, birdwatching, hiking,
  •  Urban resorts
  •  Urban regeneration through tourism.
  •  Tourism routes
  •  Guiding and visitor interpretation
  •  Maximising the tourism value chain
  •  Arts and crafts
  •  Township and slum tours
  •  Greening urban tourism
  •  Urban tourism research

8.       Cemeteries and Crematoria

  •  Sustainable Cemetery and Crematoria practices
  •  Indigent and Pauper Burial Management
  •  Land availability / challenges
  •  Operational management
  •  Green Infrastructure and landscape beautification
  •  Legislation
  •  Case Studies – Community Participation, Changing Community mind sets, Alternative Burial Methods
  •  Creative Cemetery Administration
  •  Environmental / Pollution challenges
  •  Research
  •  Legislation

9.       Parks, Open and Green Space Planning, Development, Management and Maintenance

  •  Smart Parks
  •  Park and landscape development meeting diversity needs
  •  Creative design
  •  Creative management
  •  Creative maintenance
  •  Utilisation of technology – planning, development, maintenance
  •  Doing more with less
  •  Stakeholder involvement in planning, development, maintenance
  •  Arboriculture management
  •  Turf grass management
  •  Dog friendly parks
  •  Legislation
  •  Research
  •  Benchmarking Local and International

10.   Education, Training and Development

  •  SACLAP – Professionalisation
  •  IFPRA/WUP – Professionalisation
  •  Local and International trends
  •  Education, Training and Development within sub themes 1-9
  •  Curriculum alignment with industry needs

Papers based on significant research or practical case study material that fall within any of the above sub themes will be given preference. Commercial content is not permissible, except where a new technology, system or an innovation is introduced.

Commercial papers should indicate that the subject is a new innovation or technology.

Feedback on papers presented at previous IERM Conventions is also welcome.  You may also want to propose a paper by someone else whom you believe has a valuable contribution to make either locally or internationally.

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