Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum 2019
Creating healthy communities and ecosystems for a resilient future
Ōtautahi (Christchurch), Aotearoa New Zealand
2-6 September 2019
Hosted by SCION, the 2nd Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum (OESF) will build on the success of the first in Brisbane, Australia in 2017, which raised the profile of the value of ecosystems in decision-making in the Oceania region. OESF 2019 aims to bring together policy-makers, businesses, community leaders and researchers with the aspiration of ‘Creating healthy communities and ecosystems for a resilient future’.
OESF 2019 objectives
- to connect communities, businesses, policy makers and researchers working on ecosystem services and resilient communities;
- to showcase diverse practices, policies and knowledge (practical, traditional, indigenous, academic) that contribute to increasing the health of communities and ecosystems;
- to discuss new and diverse approaches and actions that stakeholders use to address climate change, biodiversity and sustainability;
- to source opportunities for jointly designing and conducting research projects or applications of ecosystem services in practice;
- to provide a link between ecosystem services researchers, practitioners, decision makers and knowledge holders in the Oceania region, with the international ecosystem services community and programs (e.g. IPBES, IUCN, GEO, SDGs); and
- to support the implementation of ecosystem services science and practice at local, national and global levels.
OESF 2019 activities
- Plenaries: feature inspiring and up-coming leaders as keynote speakers and panel participants!
- Presentation Sessions: opportunities for high quality natural and social science researchers, practitioners and decision makers from all sectors to orally present their work. Presentation Guidelines can be found here.
- Workshops: a setting for courses, training or stakeholders to discuss technical topics and engage in active exchanges of ideas and expertise.
- Posters: opportunities for high quality natural and social science researchers, practitioners and decision makers from all sectors to visually present their work.
- Community Events: opportunities for local, indigenous and academic knowledge systems to interact. These events focus on ‘bottom-up’ and apply principles of ‘subsidiarity’.
- Town Hall-Style Meetings: offer a sounding board for new collaborations and ideas, or opportunities to launch important products (e.g. books, major projects).
- Side Events: provide an opportunity for member based organisations to hold meetings, or experts to hold discussions on high-level topics.
- Practical Field Trip: the full day field trip will be focused on the practical application of ecosystem services.
Marjan van den Belt talks about her personal take on ecosystems services:
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to OESF 2019 please contact the OESF 2019 Organising Committee (Richard Yao, Sandra Velarde, Tim Payn, Simone Maynard): firstname.lastname@example.org