In June, Fiona and Prof Marc Hockings were among 80 people from 35 countries invited to a meeting in the Italian Alps, to discuss management effectiveness evaluation of protected areas. It was a great opportunity to meet some fascinating people and to pass on some of the work that we have done over the last 20 years. We were so happy to be able to ‘pass the baton’ for the international compilation of this work on to some very capable and enthusiastic people