(Wednesday 29th March 2017 / 6:45 – 8:00pm / Lawson 1 room)
On behalf of the Novotel all Forum participants received their choice of 1 free beer, wine or soft drink during the Poster Reception and Awards night. Further drinks could be purchased by participants at the ‘cash only’ bar. Small nibbles were also served during the reception.
The Poster Reception provided an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and decision makers from all sector communities and disciplines to visually present their highest quality work on ecosystem services in a social atmosphere; and for registered Forum participants to casually network whilst learning more from this high quality research.
Poster boards corresponded with these speakers:
- Jim Payne
- Jinghan Li
- John Finisdore
- Nancy Haddaden – View Poster Here
- Olaf Meynecke
- Steve Smith
- Toni Hay
- Roger Sayre
- Kevin Maitava
- Ruthie Senikula
- Toni Cannard
Meet our Forum Fellows!
During the evening, Awards were also presented to 4 Forum Fellows, who are an exceptional mix of students, indigenous and developing country professionals. Awards were presented by Carl Shapiro (ACES US Co-Founder), Simone Maynard (ACES Oceania Founder) and Rebecca Runting (ACES Early Career Fellow and Forum Fellow Coordinator) (see photos below).
Forum Fellows at the inaugural Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum were:
Amrita Kambo (Australia) – I am a PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. I worked as a graduate architect across Australian cities such as Sydney, Cairns and Brisbane for roughly a decade. Currently I am investigating the latest themes on sustainability and exploring frameworks that can assist in the practical applications of these themes within the design of the built and urban environment. Ecosystem service provision is urban areas has been suggested as an essential characteristic of sustainability. My research focuses on identifying design elements that can provide ecosystem services in urban areas and frameworks to assess these in order to establish new benchmarks for sustainable urban development.
Fleur Maseyk (New Zealand) – I work at the science-policy interface in the applied areas of natural resource management and biodiversity conservation. I split time between research and consultancy, as a part time Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the NESP Threated Species Hub at the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at University of Queensland, and as a Practice Leader with The Catalyst Group in New Zealand. My areas of interest include applying a natural capital focused ecosystem services approach to natural resource management decision making, biodiversity policy and biodiversity offsetting theory and policy. Recent research focused on quantifying the influence of reintroducing a woody element into pastoral dominated landscapes on the provision of multiple ecosystem services.
Kiran Paudyal (Nepal) – Kiran is PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. Community forestry in Nepal has been instrumental in the restoration of degraded mountains and biodiversity that supports the supply of ecosystem services. The ecosystem service concept has been considered a policy tool to compensate local community’s efforts for sustainability of conservation. In this context, Kiran is investigating whether assessment and payment for ecosystem services increases environmental, economic and social equity outcomes from community forestry in Nepal. Taking a case in Phewa Lake watershed, he is using social values approach in the assessment of priority ecosystem services and analysis the impact of land use and land cover change to those priority ecosystem services. His research interests include applying participatory tools and techniques to assess and evaluate ecosystem services in data-poor regions for awareness raising among local communities and policy level people.
Jinghan Li (China) – Jinghan is a Master’s candidate specializes in GIS at The University of Queensland. His experiences studying at China Agriculture University (China), Purdue University (US) and Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium) allowed him to establish a multifaceted and global perspective regarding sustainable development. With great passion in the topic of sustainable development, he believes that examining and analyzing ecological features with GIS could provide crucial insights for policy making when it comes to ecosystem service/function and environmental management, thus facilitating and achieving sustainable development. Based on the framework proposed for SEQ in 2010, his current research focuses on the ecosystem function synergies and tradeoffs in South East Queensland region. For the next stage, he plans on examining the causal factors and ecological drivers behind the scene.