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Seminar 9

“Future of Planet Earth” Participant Biography

Paris, France | June 3–5, 2008

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Robert C. Milne

Robert C. Milne currently is a consultant and advisor on protected natural areas and heritage conservation. He resides on the coast of North Carolina, USA. He enjoys an extended and productive career in the fields of ecology, protected-area training, planning and management, international heritage consulting and site assessment for which he has received national and international awards.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Duke University and with a M.Sc. in ecology from North Carolina State University, where he received Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Sigma honors for academic achievement and biological research.

His international conservation career began as the first Warden, Education in the Kenya National Park Service, initiating conservation education for secondary schools and park staff development programs. As Adjunct Professor at the School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan, he formulated and directed the International Seminar for the Administration of National Parks and Equivalent Reserves and the Marine (U. of Miami) and Arid Land (U. of Arizona) Protected Area International Seminars, training the majority of park system directors and conservation leaders worldwide. He has addressed natural resource training centers and professional meetings in the United States, Canada, India, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, Hungary, Bulgaria, Thailand, Russia, and Costa Rica.

As Chief of the Office of International Affairs for the US National Park Service, he fostered the sharing of experience and understanding between cultures, promoted professional and personal growth within the world park community, and provided frameworks for cultural and natural heritage conservation assistance, initiating and directing collaborative projects on every continent in over 100 countries including high-profile projects in Asia, Africa, Central and Latin America, the Middle East, the former USSR, and Eastern Europe.

Milne has been recognized for his international conservation accomplishments in establishing, protecting, and managing nationally and internationally significant heritage areas. He received the US Department of the Interior’s highest honors with both Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Awards, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) prestigious Packard Award. He served as Vice Chairman Nearctic (Canada, United States, and Mexico) for the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. He has served on additional international, national, and local boards and committees.

As United States Delegate to the 21-nation World Heritage Committee to implement the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, he served as both Committee Chair, Vice Chair and Subcommittee Chair. As member of the US Delegation in the Middle East Trilateral (Jordan, Israel, and US) Peace Negotiations, he initiated negotiations for a Jordan Rift Valley demilitarized heritage zone. Upon his retirement from the National Park Service, he served as Principle Advisor to the Director, World Heritage Center, UNESCO, Paris, and has since collaborated on numerous UNESCO training, education, and site assessment programs and projects as Chief of Mission. Director-General Federico Mayor awarded him UNESCO’s Dubrovnik Gold Medal for his contributions to World Heritage conservation. He was the technical advisor to the production of the film Earth Bound, a World Park Congress theme film.