Included in the price of the OESF 2019 registration will be a range of workshops on ecosystem services. These workshops will provide a setting where courses are taught, and different communities come together to discuss technical topics and engage in an active exchange of ideas and expertise (e.g. professional development, education/skills focused, research topic focused, place-based studies).

All day on Monday (2nd Sept), and the morning of Tuesday (3rd Sept), are dedicated workshops. Forum participants are encouraged to fill their agenda and participate in workshops in ‘non-overlapping’ time slots. Workshops will run for either 2 hours, 1/2 day or 1 full day.


Current Workshops

(this page is updated as the program develops. Note that workshops are approved by Conveners. Latest update: 14 June 2019)


Workshop 1: 

Forest Ecosystem Services in Oceania- Progress in Policy and Decision Making

Forest ecosystem services are the direct and indirect contributions that forests make to economic prosperity, environmental conservation and human well-being. These services include the provision of timber, climate regulation, biodiversity conservation, recreation, cleaner air and improved water quality.


We will discuss the progress made on recognizing and accounting for ecosystem service indicators in policy in Oceania, what are key gaps and challenges moving forward, and how these lessons can influence current and future policies, for example, afforestation, reforestation, and climate change adaptation.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the challenges of informing policies that include forest ecosystem services, including social license to operate issues. We will build on our collective knowledge through small group discussions to explore how these challenges could be overcome.

Time: Monday 2nd September, 8:30-5pm

Room: Room 1

Coordinator: Scion





Workshop 2:

Ecosystem approaches to health




Time: Monday 2nd September

Room: tba

Coordinator: ANU Research School of Public Health



Workshop 3:

Accessing and Using Oceania Shoreline and Terrestrial Ecosystem Data

In this workshop participants will be instructed in how to access and explore rich new data ‘freely available’ on the distribution of the islands of Oceania and their terrestrial ecosystems. The workshop format will be a computer demonstration by the organizers. Participants will learn how to use the Global Island Explorer, download the data, explore the attributes, and make a simple map. An analysis of the representation (protection) of ecosystems in protected areas will also be presented.

All Forum participants are welcome. This workshop will be most relevant to spatial analysts interested in exploring and using standardized data on Oceania islands and terrestrial ecosystems.

Time: 2 hours

Room: tba

Coordinator: USGS



Workshop 4:

Formulating and Pitching a Mission Around Ecosystem Services

Formulating and delivering on a mission around ecosystem services requires thoughtful consideration of a myriad of human and natural systems and factors. This reality requires leaders to take an altogether different approach to decision-making. Based on the collection and analysis of global cases from governments pursuing innovation around ambitious social outcomes, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD-OPSI) identified key challenges facing decision-makers.

Based on that research as well as the growing trend around mission-oriented innovation, OECD-OPSI developed tools and resources for government leaders to formulate missions and align policy with implementation around these missions. The suite of mission-oriented innovation tools includes self-analysis of mission leadership role(s), clarifying public and private value, systemic thinking capacity building, and pitching and storytelling around missions.

Angela Hanson is a former ecosystem scientist and now leads the OECD-OPSI work around innovation tools and methods. In this two-hour workshop, she invites participants to use design tools, including the Mission Planning Canvas and the Mission Pitch Design Canvas, around participants’ own ecosystem services-based mission.

Time: 2 hours

Room: tba

Coordinators: Angela Hanson, OECD-OPSI.



Workshop 5:

Stakeholder analysis using social network analysis

Stakeholder analysis and social network analyses are increasingly employed in Natural Resource Management. Stakeholder analysis identifies key stakeholder groups and assesses their relationships relative to power and importance. Social Network Analysis (SNA) focuses on understanding the characteristics of social networks that increase the likelihood of collective action and successful natural resource management. 

The aim of this workshop is to establish a social network map of key stakeholders involved in ecosystem services decision-making distributed across Oceania. Participants will: 

  • Identify key stakeholders
  • Identify key issues involved in environment planning and management
  • Determine ways to improve current existing issues in environment planning and environment
  • Determine the influence that connectivity between key stakeholders has on decision making and planning outcomes

Stakeholder analysis is a simple but effective method that can help planners and managers understand the social dimensions of their undertaking without waiting for long term policy changes. It also helps with formulating future strategy and implementation of policies. Participants will get the opportunity to be included in a social network analysis which will be conducted in real time with results provided by the end of the Oceania Ecosystems Services Forum 2019.

All the information provided will be treated in strict confidence with no participant being identified. Where participants are willing to be identified, they will be credited for their valid input towards the first author’s study. The results from the workshop will be further analysed and be written up as part of a PhD thesis.

Time: tba

Room: tba

Coordinators: Massey University. Download Workshop details.






Workshop 6:

Te Arawa cultural values frameworks 

This workshop will take you on a cultural journey providing insights into two Te Arawa cultural values frameworks: ‘Te Tuapapa o nga wai o Te Arawa’ and ‘Te Korokoro o te Parata’. Our region is located in the middle of the North Island and stretches from Maketu through to Tongariro- to include lakes, rivers and land.Ohinemutu_garden 1

We explore our likening of Climate Change to the journey of the Te Arawa waka; an impending crisis and we must seek a new way of life to ensure the survival of our whakapapa. Te Korokoro o Te Parata –represents the urgency and immediacy of the situation which requires a call for action; Te Urunga o Kea.

Our ancestors demonstrated resilience, courage and determination to secure the future for their uri and we continue to look to our whakapapa and the generations of knowledge that have supported our way of life since time began to show us the way forward.

Our framework encompasses and honours our ancestors; Mana Atua and Mana Tangata, illustrating an interconnectedness between the environment and all things – the fluidity of the notion of wai (water) as a value, and representative of that which is important to who we are. A source of identity, a recognition of place, space and time.

Time: 2 hours

Room: tba

Coordinators: Te Arawa Lakes Trust



Workshop 7:

What we know and what we need to know – ecosystem services and environmental reporting

EA2019 cover photoThe environmental system is complex, operates at many different scales, and provides a range of benefits and services. Through understanding and monitoring our environment, we can improve the way we manage and protect it and the services and benefits that it provides.

New Zealand’s state of the environment report, Environment Aotearoa 2019, highlights the need to make better use of our existing knowledge, to fill key knowledge gaps, and to build a better environmental reporting system.

This two hour workshop, co-led by New Zealand’s Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ, will draw on the collective knowledge of participants to explore how ecosystem services are represented in state of the environment reporting, including the data and knowledge needed to inform environmental decision making.

Time: 2 hours

Room: TBA

Coordinators: Ministry for the Environment, Stats NZ





Workshop 8:

Serious games to tackle complex environmental problems: “Catchment 2030”

This workshop is a fun opportunity to understand complex relationships and ‘the big picture’ through a natural resource management simulation. Participants will experience the serious game “Catchment 2030” hands-on with a focus on learning by doing and building empathy.

Serious games in action: Taking a different role to your day to day to understand complexity and build empathy.

Key benefits: Hands on learning of a thought-provoking tool in a safe environment. You will be able to test and challenge your ideas, network with like minded individuals and explore further use of the tool to adapt to your own context. This is a unique opportunity to have some fun and experience some different perspectives.

What will happen: The workshop includes explanation of background of the tool and purpose, overview of steps of the simulation, playing the simulation and debrief and reflection. We will create an inter-team simulation of a complex environmental challenge, working together to explore how it might operate in 2030. Teams will play out the strategies and goals of characters in organisations, including community, business, philanthropic, tribal and government.

We will finish with a debrief to explore how this simulation tool can be adapted to other contexts and uses in Oceania, for example, understanding of complex environmental problems, supporting engagement processes, and capacity and professional development in decision-making. The tool has been tested 9 times in New Zealand and 80% of participants recognised it has changed or expanded their views on managing natural resources.

This Serious games tool prompts participants to think about their approach to problems from a different perspective and increase their understanding of each other’s outlook. The tool was originally designed using New Zealand narratives and can be extrapolated to engagement and understanding of complex environmental problems elsewhere.

For more information on the tool, please visit: (Tool 3)

Time: Half day workshop

Room: tba

Coordinators: He Oranga mo Nga Uri Tuku Iho Trust and Scion

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Workshop 9:

Connecting Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services to Wellbeing

Natural capital and ecosystem services play a crucial role providing for human wellbeing. Accounting for natural capital, ecosystem services, and wellbeing in policy is also becoming commonplace both here and around the world. Yet despite this increased recognition, questions remain about how to connect ecosystem services to wellbeing in policy. How do we account for trade-offs between ecosystem services and human wellbeing? How are services and wellbeing distributed across New Zealand? How do culture, cultural identity, and social capital relate to ecosystem services and wellbeing?

Co-led by representatives from the Ministry for the Environment and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, this workshop will explore the links between ecosystem services and human wellbeing and elaborate on the above questions. The workshop will demonstrate methods for connecting natural capital and ecosystem services to wellbeing.

Participants will develop a better understanding of how to approach trade-offs between ecosystem services and wellbeing to connect ecosystem services to wellbeing, and also learn about the role of social capital and culture in accounting for ecosystem services and wellbeing.

Time: Half day workshop

Room: tba

Coordinators: Ministry for the Environment (MfE) and Manaaki Whenua


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Workshop 10:

Standards and Principles for Nature-based Solutions

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) offer an innovative, sustainable and inclusive approach to addressing societal challenges across the globe. They are actions to protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, whilst simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits. IUCN, with the Commission for Ecosystem Management, published the eight principles of Nature-based Solutions in 2016 (Cohen-Shacham et al, 2016). More recently, a review of these principles informed the core principles for successfully implementing and upscaling NbS (Cohen-Shacham et al, 2019). And for the last year, IUCN has been crowd sourcing the development of a global standard for the design and verification of NbS, to be officially launched at the World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France in June, 2020.

The NbS global standard aims to create a common understanding and consensus on what constitutes a NbS, and provide guidance on how the services of nature can be harnessed for biodiversity and society both. NbS are guiding the way in safeguarding nature and ecosystem services with the purpose of addressing societal needs such as adaptation to climate change, economic and social development, food and water security, human health, as well as reducing disaster risk. Come to this interactive town hall meeting to learn more about the development of the standard from the IUCN Ecosystem Management Programme, and build your own capacity to use the global standard to design and verify your own NbS.

Time: Half day

Room: tba

Coordinators: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

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