Rangers in the National Parks of Colombia are mourning the death of their colleague Jaime Oscar Girón Porthole.
Jaime was patrolling in the mountains of Los Churumbelos Natural National Park on 27th April when he became a victim of an anti-personnel mine. This initially resulted in the loss of a foot but he subsequently suffered two heart attacks and passed away on the night of April 27th.
Mines, IEDs, and other explosive ordnance have been extensively used in Colombia during the conflict with non-state armed groups (NSAGs) and paramilitary forces. It is known that anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines laid by NSAGs are found along routes used by government forces and around NSAG bases, in rural areas, around schools, houses and national parks.
On behalf of CMA members I have sent our condolences to colleagues in Colombia.
One of nature conservation’s leading lights. Dr Kenton R. Miller, a former IUCN Director General and globally-recognised leader in protected area management, passed away last week.
Kenton Miller served as IUCN Director General from 1983 to 1988 and recently finished a third term as Chair of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). He also recently retired as Vice President for Conservation and Development following 15 years of service at the World Resources Institute (WRI).
Kenton Miller was recognized particularly for his energetic promotion of innovation and learning related to planning and managing national parks and other protected areas. Most recently he sought to raise awareness among park professionals of the growing challenges facing protected areas from climate, social, economic, and institutional changes taking place worldwide.
Dr Miller headed FAO’s Latin American Programme on Wildland Management. He developed and taught graduate programmes in parks and wildland management at CATIE (Costa Rica) and the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. Experience in protected areas policy, planning and capacity building led to opportunities to consult in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Antarctica.
As a fluent Spanish speaker himself, Kenton Miller did much to enhance IUCN's appeal to Members in Latin America and to promote Spanish as an official language.
Dr Miller played a significant role in the design and implementation of three IUCN World Parks Congresses (1982, 1992 and 2003). The WCPA Kenton Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Areas Management is presented annually, and will continue to inspire protected area managers to confront seemingly impossible challenges and become conservation leaders in their own right
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