Side Events

Side Events at OESF 2019 provided an opportunity for member based organisations to hold meetings or experts to hold discussions on high-level topics.

Download the OESF 2019 Final Programme Overview


Side Event 1:

IUCN and Ecosystem Services: Oceania and Beyond

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) cordially invites all IUCN Members and Non-Members to attend a Side Event at the OESF 2019. Exploring IUCN’s strategies and work on ecosystem services and nature based solutions, both in the region and globally, this event will cover:

  • Introduction to IUCN and its role and experience on ecosystem services
  • Briefing on IUCN global and regional strategies
  • Examples of work and publications from IUCN Oceania and other IUCN Commissions
  • Collaboration between IPBES and IUCN
  • IUCN partnerships and Commission membership

Time: Monday 2nd September 2019, 5:30-6:30pm

Room: Savoy East

Coordinators: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management


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Side Event 2: 

A New Map of Global Islands

BookletAs part of a global ecosystem mapping effort commissioned by the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Esri, and a group of international marine scientists have produced a new, 30 m, standardized global shoreline vector from satellite image interpretation. The global coastlines data was used to produce a new map of global islands which is more accurate and detailed than previous global coastline representations. The data are freely available along with publications and a web explorer tool which enables easy exploration of the data.

The work has been described in an accessible and visually striking booklet entitled A New Map of Global Islands which was published by the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and officially launched at the AAG Annual Meeting in April 2018.

In this side event, the author of the booklet, Dr. Roger Sayre of the USGS, will describe the objectives, methods, and findings of the work, and will provide the booklet in print format to participants. He will summarize the global work and will provide a regional perspective on the Islands of Oceania as well.

Time: Wednesday 3rd September, 5:45-6:30pm

Room: Savoy East

Coordinators: US Geological Survey, ESRI

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Side Event 3: 

The value of traditional knowledge and indigenous leadership in ensuring healthy oceans for future generations

We will present our work with communities in Fiji. These communities are involved in the protection of the Great Sea Reef, the world’s third longest continuous barrier reef system and home to a diverse array of fish and coral species.

Photo: Jennifer Carol, Auckland Museum
Photo: Jennifer Carol, Auckland Museum

Case studies, from Fiji and Aotearoa will demonstrate how traditional knowledge and science can be successfully combined to achieve effective outcomes that benefit both communities, and the ecosystems that they depend on. The value of knowledge exchange and building strong connections will be explored through specific examples.

The story of Taiātea (a gathering of oceans) will be shared via a short film. This event, which was led by Ngati Kuri, gathered indigenous Pacific Island leaders to share knowledge and embrace shared aspirations for marine conservation.

Information will be presented on two newly formed networks: Te Moana Nui a Hiva, a Cultural network for the Pacific Continent and Taiātea – an Ocean Collective, in Aotearoa. These two initiatives demonstrate how the value of traditional knowledge and strong partnerships are being amplified by Indigenous leaders across the Pacific – with the goal of restoring the mauri (life force) of the Pacific Ocean.

Time: Thursday 5th September 2019, 5:45pm-6:30pm

Room: Savoy East

Coordinators: WWF-NZ, NIWA and University of Auckland

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