By Michelle Crean

 

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is to enter a new ‘Sister Park’ agreement between Killarney National Park and Glacier National Park, Montana in the USA.

A virtual signing ceremony will be held with the US Parks Service in the coming weeks after months of preparatory work by NPWS.

This signing will be attended by Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan on behalf of the Irish Government as well as Senior Management of the US National Parks Service and Department of the Interior.

The NPWS link-up in entering into a Sister Parks arrangement with US National Park Service will enrich the experience and capacity of the personnel of both Parks through exchanges of staff and best practices.

The purpose of the Sister Park relationship is to promote international cooperation and support for the mutual benefit of both Parks. The relationship will benefit the Parks through the sharing of experiences and approaches to collaboration. This will include local efforts to work with gateway communities, regional and local economies and partner organisations. The Parks hope to accomplish this primarily through the exchange of managerial, technical and professional knowledge, information, data, technology, training, and experience.