OESF 2019 Plenary Speakers and Moderators
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Tuesday 3rd September
Moderator: Richard Yao
Scion & OESF 2019 Co-chair
Dr Yao’s work at Scion focuses on the economic assessment of ecosystem services (e.g. timber, carbon, recreation, improved water quality) and natural resource management. Richard has applied his key areas of expertise in quantitative economic analysis – econometrics, forestry economics and ecological economics – to New Zealand environmental and land use management. This research area includes accounting for market (provisioning) and non-market (regulating, cultural) values in policy and investment decision making. Richard has published in international journals and participated in key national discussions on how to account for ecosystem services values in policy. Richard currently leads a six-year project on spatial economic modelling of forest ecosystem services in New Zealand. Richard completed a PhD in Environmental Economics and a MSc in Agricultural Economics. >download
Speaker: Steven Smith
Ministry for the Environment
Steven is a senior analyst at New Zealand’s Ministry for the Environment (MfE). Before moving to New Zealand in 2013, Steven had a comprehensive career as an urban and regional planner in Australia. His work there included impact assessments, drafting codes and plans, and developing land use planning strategies. As a consultant he led teams of specialists in the master planning of new urban areas. This work involved a diverse and often controversial mix of conservation issues, housing affordability, infrastructure servicing, transport, and natural hazards. At MfE, Steven has worked on many strategic projects including the National Planning Template, the Ministry’s Outcomes Framework, and introduction of the National Monitoring System. He has recently focused on the mechanisms and applications for natural capital and ecosystem services in the wellbeing approach advocated by the Treasury and the current Government’s wellbeing agenda.
Speakers: Carl Shapiro & Frank Casey (video call)
United States Geological Survey
Dr Carl Shapiro has been an economist at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for over 35 years and is currently Director of the Science and Decisions Center (SDC). In this capacity, Carl leads SDC’s interdisciplinary efforts to increase the use and value of scientific information through research and application in four science areas: (1) ecosystem services; (2) decision science; (3) crowdsourcing, citizen science, and open innovation; and (4) natural resource economics. Previously, Carl was the Principal Economist in the USGS Office of the Director and Senior Advisor to the Director, where he initiated, led, and participated in interdisciplinary studies addressing science, practice, and management issues. Carl is a co-founder of “A Community on Ecosystem Services” (ACES) and chaired the first two ACES conferences in the United States. He is a lead author of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Adaptive Management Technical Guide which provides a framework for consistent use of adaptive decision making for DOI natural resource management. Carl has received the Department of the Interior’s Meritorious Service and Superior Service Awards. Carl is an Adjunct Professor of Economics in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC, where he has taught graduate courses in economics and public management for more than 20 years. Carl has received the American University Outstanding Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty, as well as the Outstanding Teaching Award in the School of Public Affairs. Carl has a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. and PhD in Economics from the Center for the Study of Public Choice at George Mason University.
Speaker: Simone Maynard
Initiator of OESF / IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management
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.
Indigenous Knowledge and Regenerative Systems
Moderator: Lania Holt
Lania Holt (Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Kahungunu and Ngai Tahu) is a forestry scientist at Scion. Her research interests are in sustainable human-nature relationships, complex forest production systems, and change management. Her current agroforestry research integrates pine forestry with Gevuina avellana – a native Chilean hardwood nut-tree, and forestry-based tourism – seeking to understand the operational, environmental and economic business case. Prior to undertaking forest research Lania was a commercial forest manager with experience in forest operations and resource valuation. Lania is an owner-director of a technology company and a consulting business focused on Maori land relationships. She has contributed to the development of games/simulations at the ‘Weaving the Korowai’ adaptive governance research programme. Lania holds a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry Science with honours, and a Master of Management (Business) degree with distinction.
Speaker: Kingi Biddle
Kingi Biddle is the Chairperson of Ngati Whakaue iwi. Kingi 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 present about Nga Tuapapa, Te Arawa cultural values framework.
Speaker: Te Rangikaheke Kiripatea and Jasmin Jackson
Food Hub Project lead and Deputy Chair, Kai Rotorua
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 potato). Its vision is to “create a resilient, well-nourished and well-connected community”. Kai Rotorua began in 2016 when it established 68 backyard gardens across Rotorua, all within a week. >download
Speaker: Serge Warakar
Live & Learn Vanuatu & OESF 2019 Pacific Fellow
Local knowledge and global understanding are the starting points in developing an ethic in environmental and development education. Local ownership of environmental and development education programs, open participation and equality are the foundation of our Live & Learn. Live & Learn works with communities throughout Asia and the Pacific to design, implement and learn from community-based development projects. The projects are specific to each community and cover a number of thematic program areas. These include: water, sanitation and hygiene, sustainable use of biodiversity, environmental governance, natural resource-based conflict management and peace building, understanding climate change, sustainable energy options, community-based waste reduction and management, human rights and community disaster prevention and preparedness.
Serge’s family business ‘Ser-Thiac’ was awarded the United Nations’ Equator Prize this year out of 847 nominations. This is the first indigenous-owned certified forest carbon project in the Pacific Islands. Ser-Thiac has reduced approximately 15,000 tons of CO2 emissions to date and offers a powerful new model for carbon credits based on indigenous land rights, stewardship, and climate resilience. >download
A Voice for Nature in Ecosystem Management
Moderator: Matawhero Lloyd
Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi
Matawhero Lloyd is a speaker, activist, IT strategist and member of Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi iwi. In 2017, Marcus walked for four months and 1,600km across the North Island of New Zealand to highlight water purity, quality and concerns. Prior, he rebuilt an ancient hapū pā site that had once been inhabited by his ancestors Ngai Tamatea on whanau (family) land in Whatatutu where he grew up. He took on the restoration to understand and preserve the history of his ancestors. He did it also to bring peace to his conflicted farming, forestry and Māori community and to educate about the history of Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi iwi, through story-telling. In 2016 he led a global campaign to support indigenous rights at Standing Rock, North Dakota and established the social media page “Haka with Standing Rock” which received 8 million plus views. He has 17 years of executive IT management experience in iwi organisations. Marcus was instrumental in getting 32 Marae on the East Coast connected to broadband. He is CEO First Tribe Technologies Ltd since 2015. He holds a BA in Religious Studies, Philosophy, Technology, Communications (Massey University).
Speaker: Dr Liz Macpherson
Senior Lecturer, College of Business and Law, University of Canterbury
Dr Elizabeth Macpherson is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury Law School where she teaches resource management law, indigenous rights, human rights, comparative law and legal ethics. Her research interests are in comparative natural resources law and indigenous rights in Australasia and Latin America. Her forthcoming book, Indigenous Water Rights in Law and Regulation: Lessons from Comparative Experience, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.
Elizabeth is the Editor of the Canterbury Law Review and a member of the United Nations Knowledge Network on Harmony with Nature and World Commission for Environmental Law, an Advisory Board member for the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation, and a representative on the Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee. Elizabeth has practised as an indigenous rights and natural resources lawyer in New Zealand, Australia and Chile, including working on Treaty of Waitangi claims and settlement, and as Principal Legal Adviser and policy executive in Aboriginal affairs at the Victorian State Government. >download
Speaker: Cheri van Schravendijk-Goodman
Ko Aotea to waka
Ko Ruapehu te maunga
Ko Whanganui te Awa
Ko Te Atihaunui a Pāpārangi, Ngāti Apa, me Ngāti Rangi ‘Nga iwi ki te taha ki tōku māmā
Ko Au ko te Awa, Ko te Awa, Ko Au
Nō reira, ngā mihinui ki a koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou me tātou katoa
My name is Cheri van Schravendijk-Goodman and I am an uri (descendant of Whanganui). My academic background is in environmental (plant) science and policy, with an emphasis on cultural interactions with our freshwater systems (including wetlands), and our ngāhere (forests). But my ‘real’ expertise lies in drying dishes, walking the dogs (or being walked), and acting as full-time ‘taxi-driver’ for my 3 teenagers and 2 ‘nearly teenagers’. Currently, I’m studying landscape design as another means to explore how we can bring both nature and the stories of our indigenous cultural landscapes into the private garden.
Speaker: Joeli Veitayanaki
University of South Pacific, OESF 2019 Regional Committee & Pacific Fellow
Joeli Veitayaki is an Associate Professor at the School of Marine Studies. He is also Director for the International Ocean Institute Pacific Islands based at the University of South Pacific (USP) and is Co-Chair of the Korea-South Pacific Ocean Forum. He is a trained teacher who did his Bachelor of Arts in Education and Masters of Arts studies at USP. He obtained his PhD in Environment Management and Development from the National Centre of Development Studies (NCDS) at the Australian National University. Apart from teaching, Joeli conducts research in different parts of Fiji and the Pacific Island Countries with partners from USP and abroad to promote the sustainable use and management of marine resources. He has written articles and books on the importance of subsistence and artisanal fisheries, indigenous knowledge and traditional resources management systems, culture, capacity building, climate change, disaster risk reduction, community based resource management, sustainable development and Law of the Sea, maritime transport and regional cooperation in the Pacific Islands. He also has worked as a trainer and researcher in most of the Pacific Island Countries as well as in Australia, Canada, Malta, USA, South Africa, Portugal, Japan, France, Norway, Korea, Scotland and the Caribbean.
Speaker: Dr Erin O’Donnell
Senior Fellow, Law School, University of Melbourne & Birrarung Council
Dr 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.
Wednesday 4th September
Sustaining Business and Ecosystem Services
Moderator: Carl Obst
Institute for the Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting (IDEEA Group)
Carl is a Director at the Institute for Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting – IDEEA Group. Carl was the lead author and editor of the United Nation’s System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) – the international standard for government work on accounting for natural capital.
His current work involves projects on environmental-economic accounting and sustainability measurement within the United Nations system, the Natural Capital Coalition and various companies and governments. Carl is a leading player in closing the gap between government and corporate approaches to natural capital accounting.
Speaker: Katherine Short
Terra Moana is a leading New Zealand-based sustainability consultancy specialising in primary industries, especially fisheries and marine environments. Katherine Short understands how critical it is that those reliant on natural resources for their livelihoods can, and are supported to adopt more sustainable practices and she approaches this with passion, honesty and creativity. She is a thought leader in marine fisheries sustainability. A nature lover, Katherine worked with WWF (17 yrs) globally to grow healthy and well-managed fisheries. Returning home in 2011 she completed a Masters in Conservation Science at Imperial College London on natural capital and ecosystem services. >download
Speaker: Dana Muir
Associate Director Natural Capital, Bank of New Zealand
Dana has a rural New Zealand background, raised on dry stock and dairy farms in south Taranaki. Post completing her Agricultural commerce degree, majoring in international Agribusiness at Massey University, Dana went on to spend several years working within the Asian, Australian and Eurasian marketplace, looking at ways to improve the perception and value add proposition of the New Zealand primary sector, promoting investment in New Zealand agricultural IP and trading New Zealand primary sector products. Dana went on to join the Bank of New Zealand, supporting their agribusiness customers and their ability to increase the value of their primary sector raw materials. Dana now leads the BNZ Natural Capital team, focused on supporting New Zealand producers as they work to understand and plan for the changing environmental and Future of Agribusiness landscapes currently impacting their agribusiness’.
Speaker: Philip Browning
SmartOysters is a complete farm management system for the oyster and wider aquaculture industries. Philip originally trained as an environmental scientist specialising in hydrogeology. He subsequently spent 25 years in a corporate career as a strategist and trusted advisor at board and CEO level; including advising on large social infrastructure and ICT programs. He also guided one of the largest and more significant corporate governance and strategy bodies of work that established one of Australia’s largest not for profit organisations. For Philip, SmartOysters is the manifestation of 20 years of strategic thinking and the experiences of advising on strategic change and digital disruption. SmartOysters is a platform that totally transforms an entire industry. It embodies lessons of data ownership and governance learnt from but not implemented during times in the health and wider human services sectors.
Speaker: Faalualuo Floris Niu
Ms Sunshine Farms (Samoa)
Ms Faalualuo Floris Niu from Tuanai village on Upolu, Samoa is a Cacao Grower/agribusiness entrepreneur for Ms Sunshine Farms since 2014. She is also founder and managing director of Ms Sunshine Consulting since 2012, assisting other Pacific islands in producing value-added products and creating a culture of consuming our own food, reducing imports and establishing food security concepts. She currently exports organic and single origin cacao beans to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, for the organic health food market and to produce high-end chocolate and cacao products. Founder of and former president of #SWAG Samoa Women’s Association of Growers, she is currently Council Advisor to the organization. Ms Niu has a rich and varied background in corporate recruitment, sales & marketing, communications, education and translation. She holds a BA in English Literature and Language (The University of Auckland) and a post grad diploma in Professional Writing, Editing, Journalism from The Australian College of Journalism. Ms Niu speaks 5 languages and have lived in 6 different countries and has extensive travel experience.
Thursday 5th September
Our Future (a youth led plenary)
Co-moderator: Rose Bayldon
Rose is a student at the University of Canterbury, studying a BSc in geography and environmental sciences. Rose has been always been passionate about the environment, everything from tramping to admiring the sunset on a warm summer day.
She tries to get involved where ever possible in environmental initiatives and climate-change awareness, and is currently a member of Generation Zero, an organisation with a tagline “for a future that’s not shit”. Generation Zero gets involved with local and national politics, advocating for youth engagement in policy, and working toward a net zero greenhouse gas emission. Recently she has been involved with organising the youth-led Climate Challenge Conference here in Ōtautahi, bringing together a wide range of speakers for young people to learn from and develop ideas with.
Youth empowerment, engagement and awareness are all key factors in moving forward on the issue of climate change, so Rose is stoked to be involved with the forum.
Co-moderator: Junior Novera
University of Queensland
Junior is currently doing PhD research on mammals of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. He studies the conservation status of endemic mammals and the traditional practices and beliefs of the local communities intending to incorporate these datasets for community conservation on the island. Junior’s interests include integrated wildlife management, evolutionary ecology, New Guinea mammals, ornithology, climate change, conservation, bioculture, ecosystem services, livelihoods and the sustainable use of natural resources. He is also keen on investigating how local communities in PNG within the vicinity of major extractive industries are coping with their daily livelihood activities and the growing socio-economic shifts, which these developments engender as far as consumption, and trade of wildlife (mammals and birds) is concern. He believes the outcomes of these investigations could assist governments, corporations, non-government organizations, local communities and other stakeholders in designing sound management regimes that are sustainable and culturally acceptable by local people in both PNG and the Asia-Pacific region. Junior holds a Master of Science in Conservation Science (Lancaster University) and BSc Honours (University of Papua New Guinea).
Speaker: Mr Mason Smith
IUCN Regional Director for Oceania
Mason is a graduate of the University of Canberra and holds a Masters in Management in Defence Studies (MMDS) and a post graduate certificate in Diplomacy from the University of Fiji. He is also a fellow of the Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies. He has served in various capacities in the private sector, the Government, including a stint as Fiji’s acting head of Mission at the United Nations in New York and as Permanent Secretary for Agriculture. He has also served on various boards and is currently engaged in a number of community service projects. He is also actively involved with raising awareness and funds to treat prostate cancer in Fiji. His hobbies include keeping fit, playing sports, gardening, fishing and reading. He is married and has three daughters and two sons. >download
Speaker: Jimah Ruland-Umata
Rotorua Pacific Islands Development Charitable Trust
My name is Jimah Ruland-Umata and I am a Year 13 Student at Rotorua Boys High School. I have attended my school since year 9 and I have gained Top Pasifika Academic Student each year which has helped me gain the position of Pasifika Prefect for 2019. My Father is of Cook Island and Tahitian descent. My grandmother Kenna Umata sat on the Committee of the Rotorua Pacific Islands Community Trust, whilst my grandfather (Atuian Warrior) was the president of the Cook Islands Society for many years. My Mother is of Samoan, German and Māori ancestry. My great grandfather Emil Ruland was instrumental in helping to keep our Pasifika people together, voting, forming sports clubs with other Pacific cultures i.e Tokelau Community Sports – Tutolu Tournaments etc. I would like to continue the great work my tipuna started to do with our people here in Rotorua. It would be my absolute honour to represent our Pasifika youth at the Oceania Eco-systems Conference in Christchurch.
Meitaki maata and Fa’afetai lava
Speaker: Dr Anita Wreford
Lincoln University, IPCC lead author & OESF 2019 Local Committee
Dr Anita Wreford is an applied economist based at the Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit (AERU) at Lincoln University, specialising in responses to climate change, with a particular focus on agriculture and the natural environment. Anita was a lead author on the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and Land, and is currently a lead author on the Australasia chapter of the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC.
Anita has 19 years of research experience, across many areas of climate change. Anita has worked closely with policy makers both at a national level and local government (in the UK and New Zealand), providing advice and analysis. Anita has also conducted work for the EU Commission and the OECD, the Scottish Government’s ClimateXChange programme, and the UK’s Committee on Climate Change. >download
Speaker: Clare Piper
Christchurch City Council
Clare is a Senior Policy Planner with Christchurch City Council, where she has been working for over 12 years, and has experienced all areas of local government planning – from Resource Consents, to District Planning, Urban Regeneration and Strategic Policy. She has been active in the regeneration of Christchurch’s Central City and is passionate about quality places and spaces for the communities she works with and for. Clare is also active within the planning and property professions, and gives her time to help others in advancing their understanding of urban planning and property development. She is the Women In Urbanism Ōtautahi network founder, is a member of the Property Council New Zealand’s National Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a Committee Member of the Women In Property Christchurch network. Clare is also Chairing the local organising committee for the 2021 New Zealand Planning Institute’s (NZPI) Annual Conference to be held in Christchurch, March 16-22. >download
Our Way Forward
Moderator: Sandra Velarde
Scion, Te Pūnaha Matatini & OESF 2019 Co-chair
Dr Sandra Velarde is an Associate Research Leader at Scion, where she manages the environmental economics and governance research portfolios. She is also Associate investigator at Te Pūnaha Matatini Centre of Research Excellence. Her research interests focus on the practice of transdisciplinary science, distilling lessons for policy design on afforestation and indigenous participation, adaptive governance systems for enhanced decision-making, urban green spaces, ecosystem services and biofuels. Born and raised in Peru, Sandra’s curious mind has taken her to work on sustainability issues in Italy, Kenya, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand, working for the the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Centre of International Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Australian National University (ANU). Sandra uses visual tools for sense-making and enjoys graphic recording, water colours, marketing her family business, and advocating for women in science leadership and kindness in science. Sandra is a member of The Convergence Steering Committee of Homeward Bound, a ground-breaking, global leadership initiative for women in science. She holds a PhD from the Australian National University, MSc Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh and BSc Forest Sciences from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru.
Speaker: Dr Salome Visitasio Taufa
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, OESF 2019 Regional Committee & Pacific Fellow
Dr. Salome Taufa is the Resource Economist at Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and is working directly on fisheries and oceans matters. She was instrumental in developing the first marine ecosystem service valuation for Tonga and she is currently involved in the development of Ocean Finance Profiles for selected Pacific Island Countries where ecosystem service valuation is used as a tool to measure accountability of funds that has been invested in various marine sectors. Dr. Taufa was a Lecturer in Ocean Resources Management with a focus on Marine Resource Economics and Integrated Coastal Zone Management at the University of the South Pacific’s School of Marine Studies. She is one of the founding members of the Pacific Catalyst, a consortium of educators and international policy experts aiming to develop and inspire the next generation of Pacific Island fishery managers, community leaders, fishermen and policymakers. She obtained her Masters and PhD in Fisheries Economics from the Kagoshima University, Japan, where her research centered on the supply chain and marketing of fresh tuna. Her current research is geared towards the use of rights-based systems to sustainably manage—and improve economic benefits derived from—marine resources of Pacific Island nations.
Speaker: Suzie Greenghalgh
Manaaki Whenua & OESF 2019 Local Committee
Dr Suzie Greenhalgh is the Portfolio Leader for the Society, Culture and Policy research portfolio at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research in New Zealand. Her research involves the analysis, design and implementation of environmental and agricultural policy, the development of market-based instruments for ecosystem services (particularly water quality, biodiversity and greenhouse gases), and developing frameworks to incorporate ecosystem services into decision-making in New Zealand and Pacific Island. She has used ecosystem service approaches to underpin participatory processes around land use change and catchment biodiversity planning in New Zealand, and sustainable financing in the Pacific. She has also worked with business to use ecosystem services concepts to inform business decisions and with central government and regional councils in using ecosystem services and natural capital in their decision processes. Prior to joining Landcare Research Suzie worked at the World Resources Institute, an environmental policy think-tank in Washington DC. There she was part of the GHG Protocol Initiative team developing project level GHG accounting protocols as well as working in a number of other areas including implementation of nutrient trading programmes and reverse auctions; economic valuation of coral reefs in the Caribbean; US agricultural policy as it relates to water quality, biofuels and climate change. Suzie holds a PhD in resource economics from The Ohio State University in the United States; Masters degree in Rural Science (soils) from the University of New England, Australia and economic from The Ohio State University and Bachelors degrees in Agricultural Science from the University of Queensland, Australia.
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