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Download the OESF 2019 Final Programme Overview

Thank you for attending OESF 2019 from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th September 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Presentations from the OESF are available here

Presentations from the FES workshop are available here

Presentations from the Plenary Speakers are available here

OESF 2019 activities

Monday 2nd-Tuesday 3rd:

  • Pre-forum workshops: a setting for courses, training or stakeholders to discuss technical topics and engage in active exchanges of ideas and expertise. 8 workshops to choose from, organised by: Scion, ANU,USGS, GEO, AAG, esri, Massey University, MfE, Stats NZ, He Oranga mo Nga Uri Tuku Iho Trust, Manaaki Whenua & IUCN.

Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 5th:

  • Plenaries: feature inspiring and up-coming leaders from the Oceania Region.
  • Presentation Sessions: Opportunities for high quality natural and social science researchers, practitioners and decision makers from all sectors to orally present their work based on OESF 2019 topics.
  • Town Hall-Style Meetings: Offer a sounding board for new collaborations and ideas, or opportunities to launch important products. Organised by Griffith University, IUCN, NIWA and University of Auckland.
  • Side Events: Provide an opportunity for member based organisations to hold meetings, or experts to hold discussions on high-level topics.led by IUCN CEM; USGS, GEO, AAG, esri; and WWF New Zealand, NIWA and University of Auckland.

Friday 6th:

  • Field TripFour stops to explore practical application of ecosystem services in Christchurch: Bexley Wetlands and Christchurch Red Zone, Travis Wetlands, Raddclife Road and STYX Living Laboratory, and Willow Bank Reserve (Zoo).

OESF 2019 parallel presentations

Wednesday 4th September


  • SESSION 1a: Multiple conceptualization of valuation and assessment of natural capital and ecosystem services
  • SESSION 1b: Capacity building, empowerment, education & communication
  • SESSION 1c: Ecosystem services & business; and sustainable development


  • SESSION 2a: Experiences and learning in developing and using environmental-economic accounting & ecosystem assessment
  • SESSION 2b: Indigenous and local knowledge on ecosystem services and their contribution to wellbeing or good quality of life
  • SESSION 2c: Using ecosystem services and nature’s contribution to people concepts at a sector level including in forestry, agriculture, fisheries

Thursday 5th September


  • SESSION 3a: Land and sea scape planning
  • SESSION 3b: Institutional and legal frameworks, and poly-centric governance for employing an ecosystem services approach to natural resource decision making
  • SESSION 3c: Public & private investment in ecosystem services (eg REDD+, PES, green finance, market-based & voluntary mechanisms) & impact investments


  • SESSION 4a: Climate Change; ES & protected areas management
  • SESSION 4b: ES & urban ecosystems

Code of Conduct

All participants will abide by the Code of Conduct that the OESF 2019 has adopted. Please contact the conveners or local committee members in case of any issues.