Conservation Oceania Style: Highlighting Oceania’s unique approaches to conservation biology and on ground outcomes

Organiser: Rebecca Spindler, Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Oceania is a diverse region encompassing Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia, New Zealand, and Polynesia, and it contains six of the world’s 39 hotspots of diversity. This biodiversity in combination with a poor record for extinctions and widespread threats makes the region a priority for immediate and sustained conservation action. In this session we take a look at a diverse range of conservation solutions in Oceania, capturing the breadth of nations, methods and environments in the region. The theme is organized by the major threats faced in the region: habitat loss, over exploitation and invasive species. These threats have been assessed as the largest threats for the region. Talks in this session will present work undertaken across the region, discussing successes, challenges and failures faced by conservation professionals in the region and lessons learned that can be applied to better conservation planning across regions.

09:30  Megan C Evans  Deforestation in Australia: drivers, trends and policy responses 

09:40  Gilad Bino  Australia’s wetlands – learning from the past to manage for the future 

09:50  Rosalyn Anderson-Lederer  The Demise of New Zealand’s Freshwater Flora and Fauna: a Forgotten Treasure 

10:00  Carolyn Lundquist  Involving communities in coastal management: managing mangrove expansion in New Zealand  

10:10  Belinda Fairbrother  Empowering citizens to effect change – a case study of zoo based Community Conservation

10:20  John Lamaris  The context and potential sustainability of traditional terrestrial periodic ‘tambu’ areas: insights from Manus Island, Papua New Guinea

10:30  Hans Wendt  Systematic conservation planning within a Fijian customary governance context

10:40   Discussion

Location: Room P7 Date: July 8, 2016 Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am