Opening Remarks

Moderator: Richard Yao (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Speaker: Carl Shapiro (United States)

Initiator of US ACES / US Geological Survey

Speaker: Simone Maynard (Australia)

Initiator of Oceania ACES / IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management

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Simone is an independent multidisciplinary researcher and practitioner known for her ability to think across scales and complex systems. She has delivered on consultancies globally where she works with stakeholders to develop methods for identifying, measuring and valuing ecosystem services; and to integrate these methods and outcomes of assessments into their practices. Simone is on the Steering Committee for US ACES; the Executive Committee of the ESP; and on the Editorial Board of the journal Ecosystem Services. Simone has contributed scientifically and facilitated during numerous UN initiatives (e.g. IPBES, UNEP GEO). In 2017 she initiated/coordinated the first ACES Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum – and continues to drive the OESF around Oceania countries as it occurs every 2 years. Simone has received many scholarships and awards, published in books and journals and is regularly invited to speak globally. She is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University (Australia) where she completed her Undergraduate and First Class Honours degrees. She also holds a Diploma of Community NRM; and a PhD (Australian National University) on methods (process, information and tools) for ecosystem services assessments across multiple scales.

Plenary 1:

Indigenous Knowledge and Regenerative Systems


SpeakerTe Rangikaheke Kiripatea and Jasmin Jackson (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Food Hub Project lead and Deputy Chair, Kai Rotorua
Kai Rotorua: Te Rangikaheke Kiripatea and Jasmin Jackson. Photo by Ben Fraser (NZ ME).
Photo by Ben Fraser.

Te Rangikaheke (Ngāti Ūenukukōpako) and Jasmin will talk about their work on local, sustainable food systems, community food education, reducing food waste, building a food hub and food sovereignty.

Kai Rotorua is nonprofit, social enterprise that is working to ‘reconnect whānau (families) to their food and Papatūānuku’ (Mother Earth). It is dedicated to the growing and appreciation of food crops, especially those with cultural significance like kumara (sweet potatoe). Its vision is to “create a resilient, wellnourished and well-connected community”. Kai Rotorua began in 2016 when it established 68 backyard gardens across Rotorua, all within a week.

SpeakerKingi Biddle (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Te Arawa

Kingi Biddle-WaiKingi is a Rotorua-based Maori broadcaster renowned for his oratory skills. In 2013 he was placed second in the world in the International Toastmasters competition. Kingi is a son, a husband, a father, a grandfather, brother, friend and someone who believes in the goodness and the kindness of the human spirit. Kingi was raised alongside his elders and was taught the art of Story-Telling. Kingi uses this knowledge to powerfully communicate messages. He has been a Radio Announcer, a Television Programme Presenter and a Professional Master of Ceremonies for many events within New Zealand. He will presente about Nga Tuapapa, Te Arawa cultural values framework.



Plenary 2:

A voice for nature in ecosystem management


Speaker: Dr Liz Macpherson (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Senior Lecturer, College of Business and Law, University of Canterbury

Indigenous water rights and river management – a new transnational movement for river protection (drawing on international experience in Chile, Australia, Aotearoa, Colombia).

SpeakerDr Erin O’Donnell (Australia) 

Senior Fellow, Law School, University of Melbourne & Birrarung Council

Erin ODonnellDr Erin O’Donnell is a water law and policy specialist. She is recognized internationally for her research into the groundbreaking new field of legal rights for rivers, and the challenges and opportunities these new rights create for protecting the multiple social, cultural and natural values of rivers. Her work is informed by comparative analysis across Australia, New Zealand, the USA, India, Colombia, and Chile, and Erin’s book, Legal Rights for Rivers: Competition, Collaboration, and Water Governance, is available now. Erin is a research fellow at the Melbourne Law School, and in 2018, Erin was appointed to the inaugural Birrarung Council, the voice of the Yarra River.

SpeakerCheri van Schravendijk-Goodman (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Whanganui Iwi and environmental consultant


Plenary 3:

Sustaining business and ecosystem services

Moderator: Mark Gough (United Kingdom)

Natural Capital Coalition

Mark photo 2018Mark Gough is the Executive Director of the Natural Capital Coalition, and more recently of the Social & Human Capital Coalition as well. Mark leads the international collaboration that  identifies, measures and values our relationships with what is important to us all. Mark previously worked for The Crown Estate, helping to develop its integrated vision and approach to value measurement. Prior to this he was the Global Environmental Manager for the information company, Reed Elsevier. Mark is on the TEEB Advisory board and has sat on a number of national and international committees, including the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Water Mandate, the Board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, and the Aldersgate Group, which brings together business, politics and civil society to drive action for a sustainable economy.




Plenary 4:

Youth led plenary

Moderator: E Wen Wong (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Environmental advocator, innovator and founder P.S. Our Beaches 

E Wen Wong16-year-old E Wen Wong is a three-time Future Problem Solving national champion and the founder of plastic pollution organisation, P.S. Our Beaches. Earlier this year, she led the organising team of the 2019 EnviroPAST (Plastic and Sustainability Talks) Conference, P.S. Our Beaches’ flagship event. At Burnside High School, where she is a student, E Wen has taken on the role of Environment Leader and co-founder of the school’s Sustainability Council. As a recipient of a 2018 New Zealand Youth Award for her commitment to the environment, E Wen is passionate about environmental action and policy, ideas which she has conveyed as a TEDx speaker and multi-time national UN Youth Diplomacy champion.


Speaker: Radhika Murti (Switzerland)

Director, IUCN Global Ecosystem Management Programme

profile.Radhika 2A Fiji national, Radhika is IUCN’s Director of Global Ecosystem Management Programme, based at the Headquarters in Switzerland. In this position Radhika has the management and oversight of IUCN’s work on ecosystem based disaster risk reduction, ecosystem based adaptation, drylands, islands and the Red List of Ecosystems assessment tool. Her team is also responsible for promoting and leveraging the role of ecosystem management approaches in improving the effectiveness of conservation actions, across the Union and amongst IUCN members. She also serves as the secretariat focal point and collaborates on various areas of work with The Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), and at present on the co-development of IUCN’s global standard on Nature based Solutions for Societal Challenges. Radhika holds an undergraduate degree in Forestry Science from Australian National University and an MA in Land Management from University of the South Pacific. She has a background in forestry science, focusing on land conflicts and livelihoods within community based forest management in the Pacific. In May 2019, Radhika will be completing a PhD degree in climate change adaptation in rural communities of Burkina Faso, Chile and Senegal, through the University of Bern.

Speaker: Prayitno (Indonesia)

Governor, West Sumatra Province

Prayitno.keynote.2Dr Prayitno is an Indonesian politician who is currently serving his second period as the governor of West Sumatra province. He was first elected in 2010 for the five-year period 2010–2015. Before his election as governor, he served as a member of Indonesia’s Parliament (DPR-RI) from the election region of West Sumatra for three consecutive periods (1999 –2014). During his first term, he, on behalf of West Sumatra people, received at least 137 awards. For example, Awards as a clean government received from Central Government Financial Auditor as a Fair Without Exception (WTP). In 2011 the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) bestowed on him the “best” award for the implementation of the emergency response carried out by the provincial government. Dr Prayitno has received awards from almost all ministries for good performance; in infrastructure development, social solidarity, use of domestic production, the best compliance with public service law, the highest award in the tourism sector, Inclusive Award for the implementation of inclusive education, the award certificate for the participation of West Sumatra in supporting the activities of Establishing Regions of Orderly Measurement and Orderly Markets. As the Governor, Dr Prayitno has the role of increasing coordination between local governments and lobbying the central government to get budget support. For ecosystem services, he adopts among others; a participatory forest resources management, green energy, and halal tourism.



Our Way Forward



Speaker: Frank Casey (United States)

United States ACES / US Geological Survey

Forest Ecosystem Services Forum (2nd September)

Robert Deal (USA)

Ecosystem Services & Products Team Leader, USDA Forest Service

Robert DealRobert Deal is a research forester and science team leader for the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station in Portland, Oregon. As ecosystem services and products team leader he directs research on ecosystem services, wood products and applied silviculture including research to enhance sustainable forest management.  He directs research for a team of scientists in Oregon and Alaska with expertise in forest products, economics, social science, and silviculture to describe, quantify and project trends for ecosystem service provision.  He conducts and synthesizes research on ecosystem services in the national and international arena and is the agency’s expert on ecosystem services and sustainable wood production. Deal has more than 30 years of professional forester and research experience working in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.  He is co-lead for the USDA Forest Service, National Ecosystem Services Strategy Team (NESST) and has leadership roles in both the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and the International Union of Forestry Research Organization (IUFRO).  Robert has a MS in silviculture from the University of Washington and a PhD in Forest Resources from Oregon State University.

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