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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)



Workshop 1: Serious games to tackle complex environmental problems: “Catchment 2030”

A fun opportunity to understand complex relationships and ‘the big picture’ through anatural 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


Workshop 2: 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


Workshop 3: 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: tba

Room: tba

Coordinators: Scion


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